Gardening in the Desert Southwest
Do I prune my hydrangea in the fall or do I wait until early spring? When is it safe to put out tomatoes? Can I divide iris now? If you have ever asked yourself questions like these, "Month-by-Month Gardening in The Desert Southwest "is for you. More...
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Publisher: Cool Springs Press
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Do I prune my hydrangea in the fall or do I wait until early spring? When is it safe to put out tomatoes? Can I divide iris now? If you have ever asked yourself questions like these, "Month-by-Month Gardening in The Desert Southwest "is for you. Gardening is a journey, not a destination. The day-by-day gardening experiences - planting a few onion sets in the first warm afternoon of spring#x2026; the surprises - a purple crocus before the snow has even gone #x2026; the satisfaction - fresh green beans on the dinner table, or tomatoes, bright and red, safely in quart jars #x2026; these are the things that keep the gardener coming back year after year. "Month-by-Month Gardening in The Desert Southwest "is packed with information that explains what needs to be done and when it needs to be done in the southwestern garden. Topics include: The most effective planting techniques. How and when to prune. The best season for fertilizing your lawn. The differences between bare-root, container, and balled-and-burlapped plants. Eleven plant categories, including Annuals, Bulbs, Herbs, Vegetables, Houseplants, Lawns, Perennials, Roses, Shrubs, and Trees. Twelve monthly calendars for each plant category - 132 calendars in all! - that make is easy to find the proper gardening advice. Whatever your gardening interests or the time of year, you can take the guesswork and mystery out of gardening. You will become a more satisfied gardener #x2026; and your garden will show it!
Mary Irish is the former director of public horticulture at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. She has written extensively on dry-climate gardening, and is the coauthor (with her husband, Gary Irish) of "Agaves, Yuccas, and Related Plants." A Texas native residing in Arizona, Mary received her master's degree in geography from Texas A&M University. She is a regular contributor to several magazines, including "Sunset, " and teaches classes on the care and culture of agaves, cacti, and other desert shrubs and perennials as well as introductory classes for beginning gardeners. She once hosted a weekly Phoenix-based radio show called "The Arizona Gardener, " and has also helped produce several television programs about gardening.