Tag: How Does Your Garden Grow

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell What? It’s too hot? True gardeners never pay attention to the weather! They do what has to be done whenever necessary and it is necessary now to plan for your fall garden. This is the time of year to tidy up things, amend and fertilize and start thinking about removing those annuals that…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell It’s hot and getting hotter as the month of June progresses. Your irrigation system will keep everything alive. But you must attend to anything growing in a container. With a shovel and a bit of ingenuity, you can install extra “spaghetti” tubes to reach your containers and get them on the watering system.…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Gaillardia and seed head (to be pruned)

Louise Grabell I was outside in my yard looking at all the perennials that are growing and feeling so thankful for these steadfast performers. Among them are bearded irises, daylilies, carnations (dianthus), amaryllis, Echinacea, blue salvia and penstemon, just to name a few. But there is also one little beauty that I stuck in a…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell Spring has sprung and hopefully your garden has as well. There is so much to attend to if you are a gardener. Just like the seasons, there are phases for gardening and if you are well-organized (don’t look at me!) you have already completed some important gardening chores. 1. You cleaned and sharpened…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Cornu asperum: California brown garden snail

Louise Grabell The tail of two snails: It was the best of times, out in the garden preparing the soil for spring planting. To my great surprise, a pretty little snail was crawling along the soil surface and I thought: isn’t that curious? This is the desert. It’s hot and dry here. Where on Earth…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell February is a great time for transplants. Most plants are still dormant and will not suffer from being moved to a new location. Well, that’s if you move the plant properly. But before you go ahead and start to dig, let me advise you not to move any well-established trees or shrubs. Anything…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell January is a dull month for the avid gardener. Other than harvesting your citrus, there’s not much else to do outside. So, how about doing a little gardening inside? If you have one bright windowsill, you are well-prepared to try growing some herbs indoors. Herbs are a great idea for winter gardening because…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell December already? How did that happen—I was just enjoying my zinnias and marigolds. LOL – nights are getting colder and holiday hams are getting cheaper. Every store is full of plants to brighten your home: poinsettias, cyclamens, amaryllis, Christmas cactus, etc. This is also the time of year when those of us growing…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Growing succulents in a container

Louise Grabell Planning for Thanksgiving? Forget that—now is the perfect time to plan for all those garden upheavals, additions, rock re-settlements and whatever else has been on your mind since the summer. It’s also a good time to take care of your succulents (those weird-looking plants in a pot somewhere around the house) because they…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell Trees are beautiful additions to any landscape! They provide privacy and protection from the summer heat. Fall is a great time to plant a tree. The temperatures are cooler, both day and night, and the soil is still moist from the summer monsoon rains. Besides, it’s so much easier to dig that hole…