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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…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell Roses are red, violets are blue; I made a mistake, so I must tell you! In my last article, I incorrectly mentioned that the next citrus fertilizing should take place on July 4. That is not right; the next citrus fertilizing should take place around Memorial Day. And you thought I was perfect!…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) in the Grabell garden

Louise Grabell Pinal County Master Gardener Gardeners arise! Spring is in the air. There’s work to do and it’s still cool enough to work outside without fear of heat stroke. Ready, set go: finish all pruning of shrubs and trees; amend garden and vegetable beds; transplant perennials; check irrigation for function and leaks and treat…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell Got your pruners and lopers sharpened? By mid-February it will be safe to prune all that is dormant or dead. You can easily tell if a branch is dead by making a small scrape with your thumbnail to remove a bit of bark. If it is green underneath, then the branch is simply…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell We are deep into winter, but nothing to moan and groan about because it’s a very short season. While not a growing season for most plants, some succulents are getting ready for their early spring blooms like the red aloes and cape aloes, etc. So what’s a gardener to do? If you’re like…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Don’t be foiled by Poinsettia wrap!

Louise Grabell, Master Gardener University of Arizona, Pinal County Cooperative Extension The holidays are upon us and outdoor gardening is for the future. Winter is the time to focus on indoor plants and outdoor plans. You might even be the recipient of some holiday beauties, like poinsettia or cyclamen, etc., and I’m going to tell…

How does your garden grow?

True Christmas Cactus: Schlumbergera buckeyi

Louise Grabell It’s November! What happened to summer? Well, let’s look ahead to pleasant days and cool nights. What could be bad? OK—so let’s think forward to the holidays and plants that we can use to brighten up the interior of our homes. Poinsettias come to mind first and cyclamens second. But what about the…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Rock wall in Grabell Garden

Louise Grabell Fall is fabulous! October brings us warm sunshiny days and cooler nights. Give your AC system a rest, open the windows and breathe some fresh air. Fall is the time to finish those garden projects that you left by the wayside when the temperature was 100 degrees forever! I will be doing a…