Problems such as iron or nitrogen deficiency are fairly easy to identify as is salt and sunburn damage.
Read on to learn how to diagnose these problems in your plants in my latest Houzz article:
Do you know what ‘sustainable landscaping’ is?
Would you be able to identify a sustainable landscape if you saw one?
Last weekend, I spoke to a large group about “New Ideas for Sustainable Landscaping”. The community that I spoke to are in the process of becoming an Audubon International Sustainable Community, which would make them the first one to do so, west of the Mississippi.
I hope you enjoyed the grand tour of my edible garden that I created in my side yard.
Today, I would like to show what is happening in my original vegetable garden…
Our family loves to eat ‘string beans’. They are easy to grow and to freeze for later.
Each year, around the end of August, I walk into the plant section of our local home improvement store just to look at the colorful, flowering annuals
While I may be sorely tempted, I don’t buy any; I just like to look.
BUT, I know that I am in trouble when the majority of the nursery shelves is covered in a sea of winter annuals – I feel like a kid in a candy store. The vibrant colors and scents are almost intoxicating – to me anyway.
In the past, when I managed landscapes on golf courses, I would come to the store in our work truck and load countless flats of annuals for planting around the golf courses and the other buildings. I loved planning ahead of time what I would plant and the color combinations that I would use.
In the low desert, winter annuals typically show up in the nurseries around late August, and it is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of fall being just around the corner along with the promise of cooler weather. So before you know it, you buy a bunch of flowers and run home and plant them. The problem is, is that it is often still too hot for them to survive.
So, I learned my lesson – no matter what, we would not plant winter annuals until late October. I mean, it was silly to pull out the summer annuals in September when they still looked great. I think people want to get a jump start on winter flowers because it makes us feel like the weather is cooler when it isn’t. So unless you want to make extra visits to your local nursery, WAIT until mid-October.
PLANTING: For containers (pots), I use a planting/potting mix, which is specially formulated for containers – not potting soil, which can become soggy.
Now that we are in the second half of October, I am ready for planting winter annuals in my garden. I have been thinking about planting violas. I have not planted them since I was a little girl and I did notice some beautiful ones at the nursery back in August. Those violas are probably dead from the heat of late August.
Hopefully, they will have some new ones in now that it is really time to plant!
Baja fairy duster (Calliandra californica) is a must-have for the desert garden. There is so much to love about this shrub.
USES: This shrub grows to approximately 4 – 5 ft. High and wide, depending on how much you prune it, so allow plenty of room for it to develop.