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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…

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,…