The Potted Desert View

The Potted Desert View
This blog is for you, the native or transplanted desert dweller. Our harsh and varied desert climates continually present a challenge for gardeners. Those of you who have moved from a colder climate such as the mid-west or New England, you have most likely tried to find container gardening information that tells you how to grow the kind of garden like you had 'back home.'

Search here to find answers to your potted garden questions.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

May Garden Checklist

As the season turns, take care of your garden with this May checklist:
  • Be sure you are watering your citrus and roses deeply each time you water
  • It is time to plant your summer annuals, perennials, veggies and herbs.
  • Fertilize your citrus by mid-May
  • Make sure your irrigation system is in working order. Either do it yourself or enlist the aid of a reputable company. This is the best investment you can make to keep your plants healthy and happy during the long hot summer.
    1. Check for leaks
    2. Adjust the watering frequency and timing as needed.
Taking care of many of these issues now will save you work later this year during the scorching Tucson sun and help insure a happy plants as the days become warmer. Happy Gardening.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Summer is truly coming!

We have been fooled by the weather during the last few weeks but I think it is safe to say that the possibility of the temperatures in Tucson hitting 90 today means we are on the road to summer. What a beautiful spring we have had! The winter rains sure did help!

I hope you have made your plans on how you are going to enjoy this summer, both here in Tucson and on trips escaping the heat! One of our commitments is that when we dine out that we go locally! Between the Tucson Originals and all the summer specials being offered by our local masters, we have no problem holding to that commitment (although I still have to go to our client Mimi's Cafe - as I love their food and service and think of them as local!)

If you are staying in town, there is no reason not to have a summer garden - flowers, veggies and herbs - it can all be done! Don't be scared of the heat! If this is your first summer in Tucson, let us know as we can help!

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Have a great day!
The Contained Gardener