Tag: How Does Your Garden Grow

How does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell Although there is lots of beautiful weather ahead, fall is upon us and it’s time to make those adjustments to your flowering beds you’ve been thinking about all summer. I gave up thinking about it and started a little notebook with all my ideas for the improvements I want to make. Most of…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell Humidity is wonderful! It’s good for your plants—and your skin, too! You may find mold, moss and mushrooms around your estate. The spores for these organisms live in the soil, waiting for just the right time to germinate and reproduce before everything dries out again. Some annuals may develop moldy leaves. This is…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Gazania

Louise Grabell Now that we are in monsoon season, I thought I might mention some drought tolerant plants. Even though we will be experiencing some heavy rainfall, for those who don’t like to be bothered with or worried about a garden, here are some suggestions for plants that will produce flowers with little attention. Even…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell Summer is here, folks. It’s hot out there! The soil is drying out very quickly. If you haven’t done so, you should have changed your irrigation system to the summer schedule. The more valves you have in your system, the easier it is for you to control the irrigation of your estate. The…

How Does Your Garden Grow? – April 2015

Hibiscus blooms are very showy and come in almost every imaginable color.

Louise Grabell Having fun yet? Been to the local garden centers? Planted your annuals? How about those containers? One way to add color with very little effort is to plant profuse bloomers in some colorful containers. Irrigation or daily watering will be necessary. I’ve cheated a bit in my yard by setting up some nice,…

How Does Your Garden Grow? – March 2015

Geraniums love cooler spring weather and do well in containers.

Louise Grabell Spring is in the air! That’s right all you gardeners out—ready, set, go! By now your yards are cleaned, citrus has been fertilized, pruning is done, shears and clippers are cleaned and sharpened and plenty of Tylenol is on hand for those aching backs. Ah—the joys of gardening! It’s a good time to…

How Does Your Garden Grow? – February 2015

Tree topping is a pruning no-no and leads to more pruning!

Louise Grabell Did you know that pruning your trees and shrubs is an art form? The problem around SaddleBrooke is that we don’t have too many artists! Oh, we have plenty of power hedge trimmers and they can make any shape you want out of the greenery on your estate. Lollipops, cotton balls, pineapples, umbrellas,…

How Does Your Garden Grow? – January 2015

Louise Grabell How does my garden grow? Well, it’s not! I am not a winter gardener. At this point in time, I need a break! However, some crops and flowers do well in winter if you are full of vim and vigor, unlike me. Lettuce and herbs like cooler temps (but not freezing). Snapdragons and…

How Does Your Garden Grow? – December 2014

Cyclamen with variegated leaves

Louise Grabell Christmas is coming and we are surrounded by the brilliant colors of Christmas plants. Interestingly, about the only true Christmas plant is the poinsettia as its colorful brachts really do appear around the holidays. Amaryllis normally blooms in early spring and grows quite nicely here in the high desert. If you grow one…

How Does Your Garden Grow? – November 2014

Louise Grabell It’s November already! How did that happen? Well, while you are thinking that the gardening season is over, let me tell you what you could and should be doing at this time of the year. Get your shovels ready! There is one important gardening don’t that you must remember: now is not the…