Arizona Sycamore – Platanus wrightii

The large, velvety, star-shaped leaves of Arizona Sycamore turn golden-brown in fall, and are a truly unique sight in the arid southwest. This deciduous tree’s mottled white bark is equally distinctive, resembling camouflage as it peels in large patches; lending an uncommon brightness to desert winter landscapes that tend to be primarily brown and grey.…

Getting to Know Your Garlic, Onions and Leeks

With a ton of culinary uses and only a little growing space required, garlic in the garden is a must have. Plant individual cloves base down in fall. Cut the scapes, or seed stalks, in the summer for use in sautés and stir fries. Harvest cloves once the leaves have begun to brown and wither, then spread in a warm, airy place for a few days to dry out. Store in a cool, dark place through winter.

Getting to Know Your Root Vegetables

Beets and radishes are some of the easiest root vegetables to grow. Beets are a double crop as both root and leaves are edible. The keys to tender beets are rapid growth and timely harvest. Too little water or nutrients or too many weeds slow growth, yielding tough, woody beets. Leaving them in the ground does the same thing.