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Follow these tips to grow better tomatoes

The tomato is the No. 1 vegetable in our gardens. It’s the highest yielded and consumed in snacking, salads, canning, salsa, drying and bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwiches. I relish that first tomato each summer.

Awakening trees are amazing machines

There’s some big machines in your yard waking up. They’re your trees! It’s amazing to follow what goes on inside trees as they wake up and they don’t make any noise.

Get cool-season veggies into the ground now

It’s time to plant your cool- season vegetables. Note what you can plant: beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, endive, kale, lettuce, onions, parsley, peas, radishes and spinach. These vegetables love our spring weather, but get them in before April Fools’ Day to get the best results.

With spring coming, it’s time to prune

We might be in the dead of our winter, but it’s time to do the heavy pruning on your trees and shrubs for this season. These essential functions are critical for those who value their plants and want to keep them nice.

Overcoming some of worst soils in U.S.

Most of us want to ignore dealing with soils. I recall teaching three classes on vegetables, fruit trees and soils. The vegetable and fruit classes were packed, but the soil class was almost empty. Most of the audience questions were soil related problems.

Cut wisely by following this pruning primer

No task troubles beginning gardeners more than pruning fruit trees. They’re almost afraid that any cut will kill or mutilate the tree. I recall one gardener on his knees praying he’d make the right cuts. Trees want to live just as much as you do and they like being pruned so they’ll produce quality fruit for you.

With perennials, gardens look powerfully pretty

Perennials may be the most aesthetically rewarding plants in your landscape. If used right, they could become “the backbone of your garden.” Because they are permanent, you don’t plant as often. These plants have learned to survive neglect and abuse, only to come back for more. You’ll be glad you planted them for years to come!

To enjoy flowering spring bulbs, prepare now

The thought of flowering bulbs conjures up in my mind beds of tulips coming through the crusty snow (where I’m from) on a spring day shouting, “Spring is coming!” These welcome sights can be yours, as the foliage emerges from the soil by following these guidelines.

Exotic plants, expert advice will highlight sale

Desert-adapted plant species can be yours for a song at our semiannual sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Springs Preserve members enjoy a special early morning preview sale from 7 to 8 a.m.