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Weeds are uninvited guests. They arrive unannounced, take up space, consume valuable assets (like water and soil nutrients) and just won’t leave, despite our best efforts.
If you’ve really been unlucky, you might have looked at your yard, vegetable garden or raised bed and discovered that you had an abundance of a white-flowered vining plant just appearing all over.
Agave’s grow to be impressive large plants here. Norm Schilling takes a tour of his specimens in this edition of Desert Bloom.
If my stars had been aligned such that I lived in a community overseen by an HOA, I suspect my mailbox would be chokestuffed with shouty, all-caps warning letters right about now.
Missed the super bloom in Death Valley - plan for one in your own yard next year!
The board game café — it’s a thing. In February, the New York Times looked in on the board-game scene in Toronto, and when the Times notices, thingness has been achieved.
So what would survive if you left your yard unattended for a couple of years? Norm Schilling has a real life example.
This winter’s been a relatively wet one, so it really shouldn’t come as such a big shock when many plants in this region respond to the abundance of water.
The new year’s fresh bouquet of Chris Brown headlines (sample: “Chris Brown allegedly punched woman in the eye at Palms hotel in Las Vegas”) nicely underlined Tovin Lapan’s tough piece about alleged celebrity abusers in our January issue.
It might be cool outside but if you want healthy shrubs, roses and trees around your home, get outside and get busy says Norm Schilling. Starting small is smart and sustainable.
There are some winters, like the one we’ve been experiencing, when the temperature suddenly drops. All of us intrepid desert gardeners race to get the raised beds covered.
We’ve had a run of cold nights and Norm Schilling has some advice on keeping the cold in perspective.
It’s a good time to get some pruning done says desert gardener Norm Schilling, and the pros and cons of the African Sumac.
Not too long ago, I was talking with a friend about life in the Mojave Desert.
A few days into fall, there’s a quick payoff to some maintenance in your yard.
Planting season is nearly here and Norm Schilling has plans and ideas to share.
Since we have four or five growing seasons here in the great American Southwest, we’re able to ask the question that gardeners in many other regions only wish they could, what do you want f
Some plants are surviving the summer in your yard . That doesn’t mean they’re happy. Norm Schilling offers his advice.
Norm Schilling has profiles of figs and pomegranates – two fruits that thrive in the desert.
What can we learn from the recent streak of triple digit days. Hint: It’s a desert out there. Here’s Norm Schilling.
Not everyone loves cactus.
There’s red yucca, yellow yucca and then there’s the really giant one . And what do you get if you leave a yucca plant alone for ten years - a really big one.
Even though we might think tending our gardens is a leisure activity, raising flowers, fruits and vegetables does require a certain amount of work.
It’s not planting season with one exception says Norm Schilling.
If you’ve committed to a veggie garden then you’ll know in this desert climate it should be well underway by now, but Norm Schilling has a different approach to his veggie garden this year.