Roses

roses

Roses are giving spectacular blooms this year. You might not know it, but Arizona is one of the rose-growing capitals of the country — they grow really well here. Now is not the time to start pruning roses, but there are a few things you can do to help your established plants or newly planted roses and make sure they continue to give you beautiful blooms. Watering Water deeply (about … Read More →

Garden Guy Recipes for Getting Rid of Insects

orange peel

Organic general spray Compost tea Molasses Apple cider vinegar Liquid seaweed Stockings Bucket Compost Disease and Insect Control Garlic Garlic pepper tea Orange oil Herbicide 1 pint white vinegar 4 oz. Orange oil 1 tsp. basic “H” (available at Shaklee.net) Non-beneficial nematodes Lemon peel Orange peel Scorpion control Diatomaceous earth Cinnamon Orange guard Flea control Diatomaceous earth Beneficial nematodes Orange oil Compost tea Fungus control Cornmeal Kills things 2 oz. … Read More →

Scorpions

scorpion

No matter where you tend to live in AZ scorpions seem to be a problem. Along with their dangerous nature, they are difficult to kill; however, they can be prevented and eliminated using organic methods. The first thing you will want to keep in mind is that by eliminating/ preventing, their food source you eliminate/ prevent their desire to stay in and around your home. So what is their food … Read More →

Foliar Feeding

green leaves

Did you know that plants are able to absorb nutrients directly through their foliage? This fact is the basis of foliar feeding. Foliar feeding involves the spraying of fertilizers directly onto the foliage of plants, which are then able to directly absorb the nutrients. It is an extremely simple and beneficial process that you can use, along with soil feeding, to instantly provide micronutrients to your plants, increase the tolerance … Read More →

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 →

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 →


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