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Plant your cool-season vegetables now

We generally experience our last average killing frost about March 15. However, our weather has been relatively mild these past years so frost hasn't been much of a problem. But I do recall a killing frost many years ago in early April. I can hear...

Rose is a rose, with tricks it better grows

Roses are beautiful and are the most popular flower in America. However, gardeners shy away from them because they require too much maintenance throughout the year. But new trends are developing to make the experience easier, said rosarians Lyn and...

Spring's coming, so make sure trees get nutrients

Can you believe spring is about to burst? Fruit buds are swelling, and in a fortnight or so almonds and apricots will be in full bloom. This time of year places a great demand on fruit trees for nutrients. New twigs are elongating, leaves unfolding...

Regular pruning rejuvenates plants

Pruning shrubs is an ongoing task. It is not a yearly pilgrimage to the yard to do major surgery. If you prune right, hand nippers will be the only tool you'll need. It takes care of most problems. I'm sure you've noticed professionals always have...

You can grow your own salad bar in the valley

Growing your own salad bar is one of the easiest ways to garden in our valley. We all recognize salad vegetables as good sources of vitamins and minerals, often calling them "healthy" foods. Cindy Dixon and I will be going over the key points to...

Put some thought into pruning trees

It's time to prune your trees. Pruning can be a tedious job, especially with large trees. Tony Valenti, president of First Choice Trees, covers some of the mistakes homeowners make when pruning large trees. Valenti has been in landscape maintenance...

Handmade wreaths can add to holiday decor

How do I make a wreath mentioned in last week's garden column? It sounds difficult but it's easy. Here is a process I've had mixed with suggestions from Kim Nelson's book, "A Desert Gardener's Companion." Nelson shares her gardening experiences over...

Holiday season gifts and tips for gardeners

What do you need to do in the garden this month? With all the holiday activities, it leaves little time to do much gardening, but don't let holiday fun totally divert your attention. You can make your own wreaths from your garden, give unusual gifts...

Duplicate desert wildflower show at home

Our desert is known for its spectacular wildflower displays when weather conditions are right. People come from all over to witness these spectacular shows. I'll never forget one spring when the desert was seemingly painted with color in every...

Don't trash yard waste, compost it

With the arrival of fall, we start ripping out our summer gardens, raking leaves and cleaning up other garden debris. Once it's gathered up, don't send it to the landfill. Compost it. Composting experts Cindy Dixon and Bernie Schwab will show you...

It's time to think about spring bulbs

Nothing suggests the arrival of spring quite like a bed of blooming tulips or daffodils. You can have burgeoning bulbs in your yard next spring by following these guidelines: SELECTION When people see bulbs in nursery bins, they lose their...

Harvest pistachios when shell casings loosen

When to harvest pistachios, how to sprout screwbean mesquites and other questions I dealt with this week: Question: How do we tell when to harvest pistachios? Answer: When the shell coverings become loose, the time is right. Remove them and dip the...

Since you asked ... some gardening answers

When to harvest dates, how to plant a garden under oleanders and other questions I encountered this week: Question: How do you tell when to harvest dates? Answer: First, a female date palm must be pollinated either by a male palm nearby or by...

Tomatoes growing in tomatoes? It can happen

Tomatoes growing out of tomatoes, pomegranates turning black, and being a good neighbor are among the issues I encountered this week. Question: What is causing a tomato to grow out of a tomato fruit? Answer: This is an unusual occurrence. We find...

Overseed lawns through mid-October

Here are some questions I fielded this past week: Question: When is the best time to overseed my Bermuda lawn? Answer: Anytime between now and mid-October. The golf courses are overseeding now. Mow the lawn down to bare soil. If it's an older lawn,...

With autumn coming, it's veggie-planting time

After a long, hot summer, true gardeners look forward to planting their fall vegetable gardens. Temperatures are cooling and days are shortening, which adds up to ideal growing conditions to make gardening more enjoyable. You have until Columbus Day...