Category Archives: Ornamental Gardening

Why is my soil so compacted?

Originally posted on Soils Matter, Get the Scoop!:
Hopefully, the ground in your yard has thawed by now (regrets to those who still have frozen ground!). So why is it that when you try to push your shovel into the…

Posted in Garden Habitat, Ornamental Gardening, Soil | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

English Violet Blooms in Mojave Shade

English violets (Viola odorata) take me back to the most magical days of my early childhood.  My  mother dipped them in sugar and served them to me as candy.  Violets were one of the first plants that I drew through … Continue reading

Posted in Kitchen Garden, Ornamental Gardening, Plant List | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lupine Seedlings Emerge After Winter Rain

After years of drought we finally got good rain in the High Desert. Lupine seedlings started to emerge in December.  I have carpets of them where mud puddles collected.  Spring is on its way!

Posted in Ornamental Gardening, Plant List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum) Adds Fall Color to High Desert Gardens

I took a lot of chances on planting California native plants slightly out of their natural range.  Most of them didn’t make it. One of the successes, among my favorites, was California fuchsia (Epilobium canun). I planted mine where the … Continue reading

Posted in Garden Habitat, Ornamental Gardening, Plant List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

October Rain | Time to Sow Seed and Plant Bulbs

Its a perfect day for planting in the High Desert. We just had a nice October rain and there is 20% chance of rain for the rest of the day. It is warm and balmy with a light wind. In … Continue reading

Posted in Garden Habitat, Kitchen Garden, Ornamental Gardening, Plant List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What “cover crops” could home gardeners consider in the fall?

Originally posted on Soils Matter, Get the Scoop!:
Farmers across the country use “cover crops” over the winter. Cover crops do several things, depending on what is planted: Help prevent erosion and topsoil loss. Their roots, and the plants themselves,…

Posted in Garden Habitat, Ornamental Gardening, Plant List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Simple Starter Compost Pile | Wire Basket

A simple way to start a compost pile is to create a wire basket.  Take a sheet of mesh fencing such as chicken wire, hardware cloth, or chain link fencing that is readily accessible.  Overlap the sides of the mesh … Continue reading

Posted in Garden Habitat, Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fried Egg Plant aka Matilija Poppy Adds Sizzle to Mojave Gardens

  My mother introduced me to Matilija poppy when I was a teenager.  She planted one in her front garden.  The poppy didn’t exactly like where she put it, so it literally moved.  It spread by underground stems to where … Continue reading

Posted in Garden Habitat, Ornamental Gardening, Plant List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Desert Natives Nursery​ Delivers

If you are tire of spending money on plants that don’t belong here and ultimately die, a local nursery operated by horticulturists with expertise in the local ecosystem is a wise investment. For what I spent taking risks on plants that never stood a chance, I would have been better off spending more money per plant on plants that do well under local growing conditions. Continue reading

Posted in Garden Community, Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Value of Ancient Ways – Dialog with Pat Spray Regarding His Native American Ancestor’s Use of Key Hole Gardens

For all our stunning scientific advancements, listening to grandparents talk about traditional ways is well worth while. Sure, some traditions worked out better in the long run than others. As we push the limits on technical advancements, we are learning which traditions are keepers. Native American agricultural practices that endured through thousands of years without environmental collapse are worth in-depth study. Continue reading

Posted in Garden Habitat, Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Houzz Article Features Good Overview of Earth Friendly Gardens

Benjamin Vogt of Monarch Gardens contributed a well written article that presented features to consider and benefits of earth friendly gardens.  My favorite, was his use of swales.   5 Ideas for a More Earth-Friendly Garden https://www.houzz.com/jsGalleryWidget/gallery/65260850//title_on=yes/width=620

Posted in Garden Habitat, Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mojave Roadside Swale Blooms After Desert Rains

I maintained the grade of the roadside swale and added landscaping to solve problems: flooding of the intersection, unauthorized “off-roading” across my front yard, and unauthorized cement laying in my corner. An additional benefit has been free irrigation water in an area where water is very expensive. Continue reading

Posted in Garden Habitat, Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Mojave Aster

Mojave Aster,  is easily one of my favorite plants.  It features large blue flowers with a yellow center.  When it opened it’s flowers in my garden this morning, I had to share it with you. My Experience Growing Mojave Aster … Continue reading

Posted in Garden Habitat, Ornamental Gardening, Plant List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Iris Thrives in Mojave Gardens

None of the iris that I purchased bloomed so far this year.  The iris that were given to me, on the other hand, have been spectacular.  When I compare iris that thrived to iris that either died or failed to … Continue reading

Posted in Ornamental Gardening, Plant List | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Apricot and Marzipan Tart Tatin

Little green apricots are showing up on my trees.  Not a heavy set, but more than enough for me to want to find new recipes.  This one looks yummy.  I can’t wait to try it.  I could even use marzipan … Continue reading

Posted in Kitchen Garden, Ornamental Gardening | Tagged | Leave a comment

Houzz Article Provides Good Overview of What to Consider When Planning a Backyard Farm

Article features what to consider when planning: Vegetable Garden Backyard flock of Chickens Backyard farm animals Compost Pile Backyard bee keeping Backyard clothes drying Backyard Orchard  

Posted in Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Growing in the Zone

When I am selecting plants that I am not familiar with, knowing which zone my garden is in, can be really handy. Continue reading

Posted in Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rhubarb Provides Foliage For Garden and Tasty Stems for Pies and Jams

I bought a six pack of rhubarb from Cal Herbolds.  Searching for the best micro-climate, I planted them in a variety of places.  They didn’t do well in well drained sand with full sun. This rhubarb, on the other hand, … Continue reading

Posted in Kitchen Garden, Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Article in a nut shell, locally native milkweeds are good for monarchs. Tropical and non-native milkweeds may bloom at times that disrupt monarch migratory schedule.  Additionally, non-natives may invade natural habitat and destroy native plants needed by many species.Milkweed Can Be Bad For Monarchs?

Source: Milkweed Can Be Bad For Monarchs?

Posted in Garden Habitat, Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Banana Yucca Blooms for Easter

Happy Easter! Continue reading

Posted in Garden Habitat, Ornamental Gardening, Plant List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holly Leaf Cherry Provides Dark Green Foliage With Little to No Irrigation

Native to California, the holly leaf cherry is a tough shrub to small tree that provides dense evergreen foliage, food for birds, shade, and depending on the location, privacy. Continue reading

Posted in Garden Habitat, Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Firecracker Penstemon Adds Pop to Mojave Gardens

Of all the plants that I have purchased to date, firecracker penstemon has given me the biggest bang for my buck. Continue reading

Posted in Ornamental Gardening, Plant List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Angelita Daisy”

“Angelita Daisy”, (Tetraneuris ivesiana Greene), provides color and food for bees almost year round. Continue reading

Posted in Ornamental Gardening, Plant List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Free Days at Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens

Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden is a great place to view and purchase plants that grow well in Southern California.  Their collections and nursery include plants that do well in the Mojave Desert.  Their botanists are also a great resource. … Continue reading

Posted in Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cool Fix for Gardening on a Hot Day – Banana Smoothie for Electrolyte Balance

These tasty treats are quick, cold, and help my body handle working and gardening in the high desert heat. Continue reading

Posted in Ornamental Gardening, Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Peanut Butter and Jam Donuts – Cool Summer Alternative to Baking Bread

Inspired by Share Your Cool & Easy Recipes for Surviving The Desert Heat by Paulette L Motzko, this donut recipe is a low heat alternative to baking bread in the summer.  The donuts are deep fried on an induction burner that can be … Continue reading

Posted in Ornamental Gardening, Recipes | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Yuzu Tree

Yuzu Tree.  Add this one to my wish list! I didn’t know about Yuzu Trees until I read Cast Iron Dan’s blog.  Click on the Yuzu tree link to see his blog.  Had to laugh about the lime tree in his bedroom. … Continue reading

Posted in Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Pomegranate Jelly

Pomegranate Jelly.  Pomegranate is one of the plants on my wish list. Click on the link to see Cast Iron Dan’s blog.

Posted in Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , ,

Just the Basics… | Simply Made Kitchen and Crafts | Stuff Maddisen might like

via Just the Basics… | Simply Made Kitchen and Crafts.

Posted in Ornamental Gardening | Tagged

Introduction to Integrated Pest Management

Master Gardener, Steve Turlo, presented information on Integrated Pest Management On June 22, 2013 from 1 – 3 pm at the Newton T. Bass Apple Valley Branch Library located at 14901 Dale Evans Parkway, Apple Valley, CA 92307. Introduction to … Continue reading

Posted in Ornamental Gardening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment