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Water Collection Solutions for Sustainable Households

Water Collection Solutions.  Water is the driving force of all nature. Humans, animals, plants, we all need water to survive. We can manage for three weeks without food but only three to five days without water. There is no life without water because every cell in our body needs it to keep functioning. We are […]

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How to use insecticidal soaps

How to use insecticidal soaps? Will they work? Well, they do and they don’t!  Most of our customers have tried to use some type of soap and water mixture to kill aphids and other insects.  Many tell me it kinda works, or not at all.  Eventually, most will purchase a nonorganic insecticide to make sure […]

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The Jujube Tree

The Jujube Tree

The Jujube Tree is a small tree that will drop its leaves in winter.  Also called the Ziziphus jujuba, Chinese Jujuba or the red date tree.  In the Southwest, It grows to about 15-30ft. in height and 10ft. in width larger in places where there is lots of rainfall.   It produces a small date-like fruit.  […]

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The Mexican Hat Plant

The Mexican Hat Plant

The Mexican Hat Plant (Ratibida columnifera).  Sometimes called the prairie coneflower.  An easy to care for plant that does well throughout the southwest and the mid-west plains.  The flower is a deep red and yellow color resembling a “Mexican Hat” or Sombrero.  It is considered a herbaceous perennial. Where to place the Mexican Hat Plant? Plant […]

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The Mexican Heather Plant

The Mexican Heather Plant – Cuphea hyssopifolia.  Also called false heather.  A small plant that will bloom in mid-summer until fall.  Produces small but profuse flowers even in the Southwest heat. Where to plant it? Place in a nice container or plant them in the front of other taller evergreen shrubs.  Plant several in a […]

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Million Bells Plants

Million Bells Plants – Calibrachoa and mini-petunias. These plants will do great in containers or in hanging baskets.  They are considered an annual this means they will not winter over.  They will bloom from spring and through late fall. Not so much during the mid-summer heat in the Southwest. Where to plant Million Bells Plant. […]

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The Hardy Hibiscus Plant

The Hardy Hibiscus Plant (Hibiscus moscheutos) Also called Rose Mallow and Swamp mallow. The hummingbirds love this plant! It loves to be in water but once established it will become drought tolerant. It starts to bloom around summer and continue to bloom until October.  A fast-growing plant that is perfectly suited for the southwestern heat. How Tall and […]

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Roses for the Southwest

Roses for the Southwest

Roses for the southwest.  How do you care for them? It is a bit tricky especially in the Southwest where temperatures can get as high as 115 or more during the mid-summer seasons. But the good news is that it is not as hard as some people may believe. In the Southwest and there are 6 […]

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How to choose the right Stihl chainsaw

How to choose the right Stihl chainsaw

How to choose the right Stihl chainsaw.  Are you thinking about purchasing a new right Stihl chainsaw but aren’t quite sure which one to choose? Let me give you a few tips that will help get you pointed in the right direction chainsaws are a versatile and time-saving tool. They’re very powerful it’s important that […]

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Abelia Plants

Abelia Plants

Abelia Plants (Abelia x grandiflora).  A great plant for the Southwest as they are evergreen and will flower throughout the summer months. They are moderate watering shrubs once they become established. They will change colors as the seasons go by. The growth rate about 3-4″ per year but compact in shape and can be used as […]

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