Citrus Trees

orange tree

Living in the desert southwest we are blessed to have the ideal climate for citrus trees. Citrus trees, due to their non-deciduous nature, are able to thrive in our mild winter and spring months, and then slow their growth in the colder and hotter months. Due to their ability to slow their growth, versus going dormant, citrus trees maintain their leaves and beauty all year long. They do not, however, … Read More →

Planting bulbs

Now is the time to start shopping and selecting your bulbs, nurseries are now starting to stock up on bulbs for fall planting and spring blooms. You will find among, other things, tulips, narcissus, freesia, daffodils, ranunculus, and many others. Some bulbs will need to be “tricked” into thinking it’s the winter season. To do this, place them in a brown paper bag and put them in the crisper side/compartment … Read More →

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth

So, what exactly is Diatomaceous Earth? Diatomaceous Earth is made from the silicate fossils of prehistoric hard-shelled algae known as Diatoms. Over time the fossils have formed a chalky sedimentary rock that is mined from areas that were once covered by oceans and lakes. This sedimentary rock is then ground up to form the powder that we know as Diatomaceous Earth, or DE. Now you must be wondering how ground … Read More →

Square Foot Gardening

plant food

Square foot gardening has become the hot new movement in gardening. The idea is that each square foot of a garden can be used to produce a crop, based on the recommended plant spacing. As an example, a 2×2 garden can be used to produce everything needed for wonderful salads during the growing season, 16 carrots, 4 lettuce, one tomato plant, and one bell pepper plant. My new Raised Garden … Read More →

Monthly Tip for September

Water more frequently Trees Every 1-2 weels 3ft deep around the drip line Shrubs 2ft Deep Groundcover 1ft Deep Lawn/Turf Every 3-5 Days in the morning 6″ deep Come check out The Garden Guy Shop to get all the latest products from his books to fertilizers and pest controls. Click Here for more information! Calendar for Organic Gardening – September Water Deeply and infrequently. Prune Summer flowering perennials need spent blooms removed. … Read More →

Mosquito control

Because mosquitoes are attracted to water, make sure all the water you have around your yard is changed often – like birdbaths, kiddie pools, and your pet’s water bowl. Even plants in pots can attract mosquitoes, so make sure you have good drainage. Get rid of anything in your yard that has the potential to collect water. There are organic ways to control mosquitoes – here are a few that … Read More →

Cockroach Prevention

cockroach

When considering some of the most hated insects I can bet cockroaches come to mind. They are known to infest our homes, reproduce quickly, and be difficult to kill; however, they can be prevented and there are organic extermination treatments that do exist. The first step you will want to take with cockroaches is eliminating their entry into your home. This includes finding any opening into your home, such as … Read More →

Planting leafy veggies for fall harvest

As we start to go into fall soon we want to start considering what types of leafy veggies we want to plant so we can harvest them before the first frost season. As previously mentioned in the last segment we talked about preparing your soils in your garden and that is important to having a successful garden. As the temperatures start to cool down, it is time to start considering … Read More →


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