Entries by arizonaplantlady@gmail.com

I’ve Written a Book!

Have you ever had a big secret that you were dying to tell? Well, I have been keeping a lid on a big project that has consumed most of my time over the past year and now I can finally spill the beans to you… I have written a book on how to garden in […]

What You Shouldn’t Be Doing in the Early Summer Garden

I don’t need to tell you that early summer in the desert garden is hot. In mid-June, we typically experience several days of extreme heat. I have many people who ask me what garden tasks CAN they do in their garden right now. Well, the answer is an easy one… Do as little as possible. […]

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What’s Chewing On My Leaves?

Have you ever noticed circular areas missing from your leaves? If so, you aren’t alone. The other day I noticed several of my plants with neat semi-circular sections missing. But, was I worried? Nope, and I’ll tell you why in my latest garden video. Has this happened in your garden? What plants were affected?


A Front Garden (NOT a Yard)

Do you have a front garden or a front yard? I really don’t like to refer to the front area of a home as a ‘yard’.   The definition of the word ‘yard’ is “a piece of ground adjoining a building or house.” Now, while I do have a piece of ground adjoining my house […]

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Sow Wildflower Seed in Fall for a Gorgeous Spring Display

California bluebells and red flax One of spring’s many joys are the fields of wildflowers that we often see growing along the side of the road.  It is one of the many miracles of nature how such lovely flowers can grow in the wild without any help from people. I find it kind of ironic […]

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Celebrating “Second Spring” in the Southwest Garden

As summer begins to slowly fade and the heat begins to dissipate, the Southwestern garden comes alive. Plants perk up in the absence of 100+ degree temperatures and people begin to venture outdoors  (without their hats!) to enjoy their beautiful surroundings. When people talk about their favorite season, many will tell you that spring is the […]

How to Fertilize Cactus and Succulents in Containers

Fertilize Cactus and Succulents in Containers Many of you appreciate the beauty and the low-maintenance of using succulents (including cactus) in containers With succulents coming in a myriad of colors and unique shapes, they add welcome beauty to our outdoor spaces. Photo: Blue Elf Aloe (Aloe x ‘Blue Elf’) While using succulents, (as opposed to […]