Tag: gardening

Master Gardeners Present Demonstration Day February 26

Zann Wilson, Pinal County Master Gardener Join your SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners for Demonstration Day on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. at SaddleBrooke Ranch. We will show you the best tools, techniques, and products to satisfy a variety of gardening needs. Demonstrations will include best tools, best container management, frost and sun…

Back to the Garden: Be Water Wise

Sheilah Britton, Pinal County Master Gardener Beginning the first day of this year, Jan. 1, 2022, the United States Bureau of Reclamation has announced a Tier 1 shortage to go into effect for the Colorado River basin. It is the first time a water shortage has been declared on the Colorado River, a source of…

Holiday Garden Gifts

Sheilah Britton, Pinal County Master Gardener When I first moved to Arizona in the late 1970s, I shipped fresh citrus to my parents who lived in the mountains of Colorado each December. It was a rare thing for them to have a box of tangelos and lemons in the midst of winter. A short time…

Jim Hoagland to Present “Five Seasons of Bird Observations”

Sheilah Britton, Pinal County Master Gardener SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners are delighted to host one of our own for our December community education presentation. Birder and photographer Jim Hoagland will present Five Seasons of Bird Observations on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. As a young boy, Jim Hoagland and his family would explore the woods…

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Master Gardener

Back to the Garden—Agave Snout Weevil Sheilah Britton, Pinal County Master Gardener Recent monsoon rains brought much moisture and beauty to our thirsty desert, and with the rain came mosquitos, gnats, and black beetles that carpeted our streets after the storms. Most of these critters are thinning out, although the Agave Snout Weevil (Sycphophorus acupunctatus)…

Our Grateful Desert

Sheilah Britton, Pinal County Master Gardener Just over a year ago, I wrote my first column for SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners. Titled “Ocotillo: Dead or Alive,” it was inspired by my own ocotillos that had looked dead from the moment they became part of my landscape but, according to my research, might come to life…

Register Now for Online Presentation

Marilyn Kline, Pinal County Master Gardener Your SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners are pleased to invite you to attend an online program presented by Steve Watts. Steve Watts currently serves on the board of the Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society (TCSS) and is the co-director of the organization’s cactus rescue program. The TCSS Rescue page…

Master Gardener

Back to the Garden: Rain and Shine Sheilah Britton, Pinal County Master Gardener The summer of 2021 has been a marvelous time for gardening in our SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch communities. Tomatoes, squash, potatoes, lettuce, herbs, and flowers were abundant before the rains of July, and cooler temperatures have allowed us to enjoy our homegrown delights…

How to Become a Master Gardener

Laurie Foster The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension trains gardening enthusiasts of Pinal County as Master Gardener volunteers who help their fellow citizens grow better gardens and more sustainable landscapes. Class Dates: Oct. 6, 2021 to Feb. 16, 2022, Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon Tuition: $150 per individual and $225 per couple, which includes books and…

Seeds of an Agricultural Legacy

Marilyn Kline, Pinal County Master Gardener Your SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners are pleased to invite you to attend an online program presented by Jesús García, director of the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. Join us for Tasting History: The Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project and Mission Garden.…