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How does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell It’s hot and getting hotter. Don’t be one of those “complainers” I talk to so often. Complaints about winter being too cold or too wet. Now all I hear is it’s too hot. Stop complaining and remember why you moved to Shangri-la. As a gardener, I feel we are blessed with wonderful opportunities…

How does your garden grow?

Louise Grabell, Pinal County Master Gardener OK, so winter was cold…and snowy. Better than the Midwest? Better than the Northeast? Alaska? Stop complaining. It’s better here! And spring is in the air, most definitely. I am busy getting my garden beds in good shape for this season’s annuals. While I do have many perennials, I…

How does your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell That was quick, winter is almost over. Yup, it’s time to get your head on straight and start to focus on the outdoors once again. There are some basic late-winter tasks that you can get a head start on now. For all you citrus owners, fertilize your trees and container-grown citrus now. Pay…

How does Your Garden Grow?

I hate catclaw vines! I know “hate” is a strong word, especially towards a plant. But I do hate catclaw and let me count the ways. For those of you unfamiliar with this plant, catclaw [Macfadyena unguis-cati] is a perennial woody vine that blooms in the spring with gorgeous yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. Well, that’s all…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell Ants, ants, ants in your pants! Have you ever found a trail of very busy ants scurrying across your patio from one location clear across your yard to another? I’ve found ant highways going around the pool, across the patio, up into the garden and over the wall into the common area. In…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell My desert spoon died! So sad. How could that happen after 14 years of blissfully growing on my estate? Me, a Master Gardener, lose a plant? I’ve noticed the same thing happening to spoons on other properties, so what’s the story? First, let me tell you that desert spoon (Sotol) is the most…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell, Pinal County Master Gardener Strange things are happening [remember that line…Red Buttons]. It’s so darn hot outside that I decided tell you about some strange things, as gardening goes, that you might enjoy over a cool glass of iced tea inside your cool house. Before I begin, a few garden reminders for this…

How does your garden grow?

  Louise Grabell, Pinal County Master Gardener There’s a “thriller” in your garden! Well, there should be. Thrillers are flowers that stand upright and call your eye to their display of blossoms. Thrillers demand your attention. Like irises, Echinacea, penstemon, tall zinnia, etc. I am mentioning this because you will need to understand the function…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

  Louise Grabell, Pinal County Master Gardener It’s hot outside. That’s an understatement, but what did you expect? You live in a desert and don’t forget it! The next six–eight weeks will be the most difficult time for the plants in your landscape, and extra vigilance will mean the difference between life and death…for your…

How does Your Garden Grow?

  Louise Grabell, Pinal County Master Gardener There is a wonderful, care-free and attractive plant I’d like to tell you about. There is a story behind my love of this landscaping beauty that I need to share with you first. You know it is always a good idea to have different shapes, colors and textures…