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Hard as it is to believe, the autumn equinox is drawing near, and thus fall is just around the corner. This means it is time to get ready to plant. Fall is a great time of year for planting for a number of reasons. From a human standpoint, it is cooler and easier to work outdoors. From a plant standpoint, it is cooler and easier to live outdoors.
(BPT) - School is gearing up and a plethora of activities are starting. From soccer season and dance classes to music lessons and more – fall is a time full of excitement yet major adjustment for families.
Recently, I overheard someone complaining about the lack of seasonal color in Tucson. Having grown up here, I see color change all around. It is subtle and gentle and you have to pay attention. But if you want bright and showy, here are five trees you can plant right now, to enjoy brilliant color next autumn.
One of the things that I say repeatedly in my reviews is that my biggest influence growing up watching the films is my father. Not only did he introduce me to Indiana Jones, Josey Wales, Freddy Krueger, and the world of Star Wars, he introduced me to James Bond.
A number of years ago, horticultural research scientists determined that autumn is ideal for planting any number of plants. Ever since then, we garden writers have been espousing the virtues of fall planting. But beware, like every rule, there are exceptions!
July is National Baked Bean Month. You can celebrate by baking some beans to enjoy with your hot dogs (it’s National Hot Dog Month, too) or you can celebrate by planting some beans now to bake later.
Arbor Day is celebrated in Arizona on the last Friday in April. Arbor Day is not a national holiday, but was decided on a state-by-state basis. Sadly, the State Legislature picked the date without asking us folks that work with plants. In most of Arizona, one should ideally plant trees in autumn or in January, so they can become well-established with a healthy widespread root system before the searing summer heat.
Those of you who have been reading my columns for the past eight years know that I will admit that I have killed a few plants in my day.
The week of Nov. 1-7 is National Fig Week.
Back in January, in honor of "National Hot Tea Month," I wrote of delicious hot teas you could make from herbs that grow easily here.
Arbor Day is celebrated in Arizona on the last Friday in April.
December is a slow month in the garden. It is too late (or too early) to prune anything, weeds are not too rambunctious, and cool temperatures mean slow growth. Slow growth does not mean no growth. Roots continue to grow, so be sure to water, especially if we don't get some rain soon.
I was all set for this column to be about Veterans Day poppies.
I find that early November is a wonderful time to get out in the yard for several reasons.
Last week I began a discussion of cool season herbs. We looked at some of the herb members of the carrot family: caraway, cilantro, coriander, dill, fennel, and parsley.
One of the many things I love about autumn in the Old Pueblo is that it's time to plant some really cool, cool climate herbs. Like dill. And also calendula, caraway, chives, cilantro, coriander, fennel, feverfew, German chamomile, parsley, and salad burnet. These are grown as annual plants in our area. They thrive all winter, ripe for the plucking, then pass into the compost heap in the sky when the weather warms up.
Autumn is nigh and the days are getting shorter. This tells plants to grow! Easy to do because the soil is still warm from the summer heat, but days and nights are cooler.
The PBS show “This Old House” recently had a little section on “fall is for planting.” The plant guy was explaining to his buddy all the great reasons for planting trees in fall (while the buddy got to do the shovel work).