About Starting Roses From Seeds

The oldest method of propagating roses is from their seeds. This method of propagating roses is very easy and also does not require much equipment. You just require pots/ containers, sowing flats and, if possible, fluorescent or greenhouse lights. However, if you don’t have a greenhouse or access to one, you can also germinate the rose … Continue reading About Starting Roses From Seeds


The Anatomy Of Hostas

Hostas are tough herbaceous plants that grow perennially and develop into clumps. These plants emerge from small, occasionally stoloniferous (bearing stolons or creeping roots) rhizomes having plump white-hued roots. More often than not, the leaves of hostas appear at the base of the stems, are stalked, big and uncomplicated, usually developing into a mound. Hostas … Continue reading The Anatomy Of Hostas

Breeding Hostas

The aspect of breeding plants involves facilitating the pollen from a selected male parent to come in contact with the selected female parent’s receptive organ. Simultaneously, it is essential to ensure that no other agent is allowed to introduce other pollens to the chosen female parent. The procedure of plant breeding is somewhat easy. However, … Continue reading Breeding Hostas

Growing Hostas In Containers

It is possible to grow hostas successfully in containers. When you grow hostas in pots or containers it provides you with an advantage - they become portable. However, while growing hostas in containers you need to ensure that the soil in the pots has proper drainage, as this will prevent the roots from rotting. In … Continue reading Growing Hostas In Containers

Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Transplants

Some plants can be started indoors early in the season, before soil and air temperatures are warm enough to plant outdoors. From a seed-starting perspective, most of our common vegetable plants fall into one of three categories. Don't do well direct-seeded outdoors - these plants seem to do better if they are started in a … Continue reading Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Transplants

Shade Gardening: Gardening in Shade

Shade gardens hardly need to be the colorless, boring places that many of these are. Many colorful flowers need or can tolerate varying degrees of shade. Because the plants are not seen in the blinding glare of full summer sun, their colors appear richer, and subtleties of plant texture and form are more obvious. In … Continue reading Shade Gardening: Gardening in Shade

Design Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

When designing their landscapes, homeowners may envision grandiose gardens and lush lawns that are the envy of the neighborhood. But such designs can be difficult to maintain, and homeowners often find they are not worth the time and money. Avoiding such costly mistakes allows the homeowners to fully enjoy their lawns. The following are a … Continue reading Design Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid


In April, the desert comes alive with colors, smells and sounds. If rains were plentiful during the fall and winter months, a dazzling array of color will have bestowed the desert floor with many annuals such as Mexican Gold Poppies (Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana), Owl-clover (Castilleja exserta), Lupines (Lupinus spp.), Yellow Evening Primrose (Oenothera primiveris … Continue reading APRIL IN THE LOW DESERT

March in the Low Desert

Spring is in the air, or is it?  It still is possible to have freezing temperatures early in the month, so don’t store your frost protection cloth yet.  By mid-March chances of below, freezing temperatures have diminished for the low-desert regions and spring gardening tasks can now be initiated. Now is a good time to … Continue reading March in the Low Desert

June Desert Garden Problems

The male cicadas’ mating calls are a cacophony of sound that permeates the desert air and often heralds to the gardener that summer has arrived. The Apache cicada is common to low-desert regions and the adult has a black body with a pale band behind its head. The nymphs spend almost their entire life underground … Continue reading June Desert Garden Problems