Aloe Plants

Most of us recognize Aloe as a medicinal plant that is great to have around when you have cut or burned yourself.  The genus Aloe includes about 500 species of succulent plants native to Africa, Madagascar and the Middle East. Two species are available at the nursery now,  Aloe x spinosissima or Spider Aloe and […]

The Red Dragon Succulent

Huernia Schneideriana. AKA the Red Dragon. These succulents can grow very long and look stunning in hanging planters. They flower easily and often. Trimmings will root easily in dry soil. The flowers are a beautiful deep red 5-pointed star, about an 1 inch across. The stalks can get sunburned in hot, sunny weather here on […]

Deer Proofing Your Garden

If you have gardened for long on the mountain and live out in suburbs or the country, then it is likely that you have had to deal with deer and perhaps even elk thinking your precious garden veggies were there to provide their gourmet lunch.  Sad but true, these large critters just love munching on […]

Organic Sheet Layered Mulch – The most important part of your garden

I’ve been pushing mulch as the ultimate answer here in our high, dry, mountain area and here is an excellent article with all the why’s, what’s and how to’s answered so very well. Enjoy. Sheet Mulching the What, the Why and the How By Kim Dostaler, Employee-Owner https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/sheet-mulching/9500.html One of the quickest ways to create thriving […]

Companion Planting to Improve your Gardening

A kist if companion plants for the garden

GARDEN WISDOM: HOW TO PLANT A COMPANIONABLE GARDEN MARY, MARY QUITE CONTRARY, HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to get healthy food and have fun in the process. Whether you are a first-time gardener or a master, knowing what to plant, where to plant it, and […]

So what is a Desert Rose?

Adenium Obesum – Desert Rose is a species of flowering plant in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, that is native to the Sahel regions, south of the Sahara, and tropical and subtropical eastern and southern Africa and Arabia. Common names include Sabi star, kudu, mock azalea, impala lily and desert rose. Can be used as bonsai […]

What Is a Chiminea and How Is It Used?

Heat up the Patio With a Portable Fireplace Chimineas are those charming, hand decorated  terracotta  outdoor fireplaces you see for sale at patio stores, marketplaces, and tourist sites in Mexico and Western states like California and Arizona. While some people use chimineas as garden art on patios for an authentic rustic or Southwestern look, chimineas […]