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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…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell Have you noticed there’s a lot of crazy pruning that’s going on in SaddleBrooke? I’ve written about proper pruning methods before, but I am heartbroken about what many of your so-called landscapers are doing to your beautiful garden treasures. Any “landscaper” who uses a power clipper to take care of your trees and…

How Does Your Garden Grow

Louise Grabell Have you noticed there’s a lot of crazy pruning that’s going on in SaddleBrooke? I’ve written about proper pruning methods before, but I am heartbroken about what many of your so-called landscapers are doing to your beautiful garden treasures. Any landscaper who uses a power clipper to take care of your trees and…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell It’s monsoon season and let’s hope that we get plenty of rain. While our landscapes are irrigated, the desert is not, except for what nature provides. Those of you with xeriscapes don’t have to worry at all! For the rest of us, the extra water is a good thing. And with the additional…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Louise enjoys her time among the flowers.

Louise Grabell April showers bring May flowers. So now what? I love flowers and have devoted a small part of my landscape to growing flowers. Yes, I know it gets very hot in the summer, but you can maintain a beautiful array of summer blooming annuals for the entire season with a bit of effort.…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Ocotillo in full bloom

Louise Grabell When I arrived in SaddleBrooke 12 years ago (wow—12 years already!) we were taken on a tour. Being an avid gardener from back east, I was enthralled with the desert landscape but I couldn’t quite understand why such a beautiful community would keep barren, apparently dead plants in the ground all around the…