Tag: How Does Your Garden Grow

How does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell I love gardening, but sometimes it’s so frustrating. I work very hard around the house (just ask my neighbors), and it seems I have to work even harder to get stuff done. Many times have I gotten myself settled up in my flower garden (I say “up” because my flower beds are raised…

How does your Garden Grow?

A red coneflower turns white and purple in the Grabell garden.

Louise Grabell I’ve had some past “mysteries” occur in my garden that I’ve shared with you. Like, where did the spider lily bulbs come from, or how did snails get into my garden? Well, I have another mystery for you – something totally unexplainable, yet wondrous in its own way. It’s all about my purple…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell Getting hot enough for you? I thought that since it’s too hot to spend much time in the sun, maybe we should spend some quality time in the shade planning a perennial garden. Perennials are reliable plants that bring you blossoms every year without fail. And the best part about them is that…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell The key to successful gardening lies in how well you take care of your plants. They’ll need your attention when it comes to fertilization. When the question is posed: “How Does Your Garden Grow?” you should have a good answer! My garden grows just fine. The flowers are happy, the citrus trees are…

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…