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Retain the rain and keep West Nile away

For some people rain is annoyance. To a gardener it’s manna from heaven. Even though the growing season is over for many of us, I smile as I listen to rain falling on the roof. I’m glad it’s not snow – not quite ready for that yet – and I’m happy that our water tables [...]

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Things that flutter in our gardens

We all have memories from our childhood. Besides the time I was hit in the head by a falling object dropped by the neighbor kid from the tree above me, I remember the Monarch butterfly. That’s the only butterfly I knew in those days. But when I read about the butterfly count on Saturday  I realized [...]

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When plastic is a good idea

I’ve been putting plastic plants in my shed window boxes for years. The first year I tried to find pots that fit the window boxes, tried to make sure they didn’t dry out and tried to make sure they grew. It didn’t work. Hence, fake flowers. Silk are probably appear a little more realistic than [...]

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Dahlias bring color to your garden, joy to our hearts

People always ask why we grow dahlias, especially when they hear all the work that’s involved. Answer: It’s truly a labor of love and you can get great prices on them now. In the age of the Internet and remote control, why plant dahlias that require a lot of work? Perennials and annuals are easy and [...]

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Teach a child to garden and you both will blossom

I grew up in a world of houseplants. If there was a windowsill, you can be sure there was a plant in front of it, thanks to my mom. One was a rare night blooming cereus. Mom waited for a couple of years for it to bloom just for one night. Amazing. Her magic extended to [...]

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A reprieve from winter

Last week the little picture of the moon and the cold crisp night sent me into a panic. Scattered frost was on the way and I wanted to save the dahlias. Scattered could mean it might not hit my microclimate in Gilbert. But I knew it would. I was in a frenzy because I had [...]

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Enough rain already?

Feel like you should be building an ark? Forget container gardens. I lost my lettuce in August. Fact is, it was finished by that time, but other plants were not. My poor marigolds and petunias can’t grow in an inch of water. It’s nice to have a shower or two, but an inch or two [...]

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The best $3.95 ever spent

When I bought my plants in spring I selected a small (no tiny) butterfly bush in a tiny pot for $3.95. The sales clerk at the garden center assured me it was the same as the big ones for $16.95 and higher. It didn’t look like it, but it was. Now, I really didn’t expect [...]

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Rain, rain, come again

Just when I was trying to figure out how to put in an irrigation system (better known in my  small garden as a soaker hose), it started raining. And raining. We had 4 inches in three days. And now it’s raining again. I personally love it. My garden has never been so happy. My grass has never [...]

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You can’t let fear keep you out of garden

Last night I could hold off no longer. Snake or no snake, it was time to take scraps to the compost bin.   I kept telling myself I would be OK with seeing it there. But I wasn’t. So I just pulling weeds waiting until the sky would turn dark. I thought it would be [...]

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