Design your perfect garden

Design your perfect garden

Now is the time to design your perfect garden. Outdoor gardening is something that many do for a love of nature and for a chance to relax. Some do a little and are happy with that, but others take it much more seriously. They may come up with amazing garden designs that would take your […]

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The Palo Verde Tree

The Palo Verde tree (Cercidium-Parkinsonia) also known as the Desert Museum Palo Verde. It is an exceptional tree for the Southwest.  It is a Hybrid of the common Palo Verde tree that is native to the Sonoran and Southwest desert.  Flowering Palo Verde It produces a mass of beautiful small yellow flowers in late spring.  […]

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How to grow organic potatoes

How to grow organic Potatoes

Are you thinking of growing potatoes at home during this lockdown? Thumbs up, go for it! Potatoes can be very easily grown at home with just a bit of guidance.  How to grow organic Potatoes at home. How to grow organic Potatoes at Home? Yes, growing potatoes is quite simple and easy. Although being easy […]

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Desert Willow Tree

Desert Willow Tree (Chilopsis linearis) is a low watering spring blooming tree. It does well in the southwest.  The leaf is long narrow and curved thus its botanical name Linearis. The one pictured below is the most common.  There are several varieties that you can use for your desert landscaping needs.  A true native Desert willow […]

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Monstera plant care light

Monstera plant care light (Monstera deliciosa).  This plant is well suited for indoor decoration especially for those who are looking for large plants to fill a big space.  Do not plant it outdoors unless your climate region does not have temperatures below 32° degree Fahrenheit. Indoor Decoration Plant Also known as the Split Leaf Philodendron […]

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Keeping Your Roses Healthy

Keeping your roses healthy.  As most of us know roses have beautiful flowers and look gorgeous in almost any type of setting or landscape.  But, they are somewhat of a challenge to grow no matter what part of the country you live in. A little history of roses Roses were grown abundantly in Central Asia? […]

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Changing pH in Soil - Acid or Alkaline Conditions

Changing pH in Soil – Acid or Alkaline Conditions

Changing pH in Soil – Acid or Alkaline Conditions.  So what exactly is pH? In layman’s terms, it means a scale used to specify the acidity or alkaline conditions of the soil.  Ideally, you want a neutral reading on a pH meter.  But some plants like acidic soil and others like alkaline soil. In and […]

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3 Tips To Improve Garden Safety For Seniors

3 Tips To Improve Garden Safety For Seniors.  When it comes to hobbies that help you age well, gardening has repeatedly ruled the lists. The benefits of gardening are well-documented, thanks to a host of studies. According to past research, taking up gardening in your later years can help reduce stress, aid in mental and […]

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Colorful Leaves for Indoor Decoration

Colorful Houseplant Leaves – for Indoor Decoration

Colorful Houseplant Leaves – for Indoor Decoration.  There are lots of colorful foliage plants to use indoors.  Here are some that work well no matter where you live. The Croton Plant (Codiaeum variegatum pictum) A plant with exotic thick leaves that show a variety of striped dark green to bright yellow leaves.  It will grow […]

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How to pick healthy plants

How to pick healthy plants

Buying plants at the big box stores How to pick healthy plants. This post is mainly about perennials, annuals, and plants that come in 4 or 6 pack, 4″ or 6″ plastic containers.  Larger plants, shrubs, and trees will be discussed in a future post. Local Nursery Versus Big-Box Stores First a little about purchasing […]

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Dead Nettle Plant – Care and Planting

The Dead Nettle Plant is a great little leaf plant that is perfect for ground-cover or in a decorative pot.  It is a herbaceous perennial and likes acidic soil.  There are about 50 species of this plant but the most common is the white Nancy (Malculatum).  These are usually sold at most retail gardening stores […]

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