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How does Your Garden Grow

Louise Grabell I love gardening, but sometimes it’s so frustrating. I work very hard around the house (just ask my neighbors), and it seems I have to work even harder to get stuff done. Many times, I have gotten myself settled up in my flower garden (I say “up” because my flower beds are raised…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell, Pinal County Master Gardener With the monsoon season coming to a close, look at the new growth around your estate. While you were inside, your plants and shrubs have been pretty active. Trumpet vines and catclaw have both reached soaring heights. Tombstone roses are out of control. Palo verde and mesquite branches are…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Red coneflower turns white and purple in the Grabell garden.

Louise Grabell I’ve had some past “mysteries” occur in my garden that I’ve shared with you. Like, where did the spider lily bulbs come from, or how did snails get into my garden? Well, I have another mystery for you – something totally unexplainable, yet wondrous in its own way. It’s all about my purple…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell Getting hot enough for you? I thought that since it’s too hot to spend much time in the sun, maybe we should spend some quality time in the shade planning a perennial garden. Perennials are reliable plants that bring you blossoms every year without fail. And the best part about them is that…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell It’s hot and getting hotter. Don’t be one of those “complainers” I talk to so often. Complaints about winter being too cold or too wet. Now all I hear is it’s too hot. Stop complaining and remember why you moved to Shangri-la. As a gardener, I feel we are blessed with wonderful opportunities…

How does your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell Most people in our neighborhood are confused about irrigation. Or, they just don’t know much about this process. For now, the soil is very moist so no worries there. However, we will shortly be experiencing some very hot weather. I for one can’t wait! And now is the time to get some education…

How does your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell That was quick, winter is almost over. Yup, it’s time to get your head on straight and start to focus on the outdoors once again. There are some basic late-winter tasks that you can get a head start on now. For all you citrus owners, fertilize your trees and container-grown citrus now. Pay…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell, Pinal County Master Gardener Outdoor gardening is over. Rest for the weary is not a bad thing. However, it is time to spruce up your home for the holidays. Everyone loves to decorate with those gorgeous poinsettias and I must admit the big box stores have been offering magnificent specimens. However, if you…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell, Pinal County Master Gardener Outdoor gardening is over. Rest for the weary is not a bad thing. However, it is time to spruce up your home for the holidays. Everyone loves to decorate with those gorgeous poinsettias and I must admit the big box stores have been offering magnificent specimens. However, if you…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I hate catclaw vines! I know “hate” is a strong word, especially towards a plant. But I do hate catclaw and let me count the ways. For those of you unfamiliar with this plant, catclaw [Macfadyena unguis-cati] is a perennial woody vine that blooms in the spring with gorgeous yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. Well, that’s all…