As seasons alter, so do the gardening queries, especially those coming from brand-new winter season locals. Following are a couple of examples received over the years.Should I feed the cactus growing in my yard?During March through October, apply half-strength fertilizer
and water to cactus and succulents as soon as a month. This is the season when they are actively growing and therefore require the extra care.Any pointers on planting bare-rooted Ocotillo?The first month after planting Ocotillo,spray the outside of the plant daily; otherwise, the success rate is more like 50%. Also, a number of nurseries have Ocotillo plants begun from seed, which are most likely to endure
and thrive.What are the small trees growing in the car park islands at Continental Shopping Plaza?With silvery thin leaves and yellow rod-likeflowers, these Australian locals are Mulga Acacia (A. aneura) trees. This low maintenance, dry spell tolerant, evergreen tree is cold sturdy into the low-20s Fahrenheit, and sluggish growing.Do my decorative yards require to be on drip irrigation?Regardless of range, all such grasses need extra watering, either by drip irrigation or trustworthy hand watering.What is the name of the numerous plants with clusters
of small, intense gold flowers now in full bloom at The Dry Garden?Dogweed(Dyssodia)
is a low-growing perennial with fragile, aromatic foliage and small flowers flowering intermittently from spring through late autumn.
It supplies both nectar and larval food for the small” Dainty Sulfur”butterfly. None of these plants you see at The Arid Garden
was ever planted, all are volunteers!Are there any vines that can be grown in deep, full shade on a trellis behind my garage?A couple of examples of vines that grow completely shade are Star Jasmine with its fragrant, delicate white flowers and Sneaking Fig with daisy-like yellow blossoms. Remember that the most tough place for plants is the north side of the house, where there is
no winter season sun however scalding summer sun.Coming from cold nation, I have no idea which winter bed linen plants can endure in the
desert. Any suggestions?Many ranges of yearly plants grow rather successfully throughout our winter seasons, and many are readily available at local nurseries. Amongst cool-season suggestions are these widely-familiar flowering plants: Viola, Pansies, Petunias, Sugary Food Alyssum, Stock, and Snapdragons. Incidentally, a perk with Snapdragons is that marauding javelinas
do not bother them!If your seasonal gardening concerns have not been covered, there is help available at the Pima County Cooperative Extension Workplace. Master Gardeners are on duty Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. up until midday. You might likewise call 520-648-0808, leave your contact number, and someone will return your call. Mary Kidnocker is a University of Arizona Master Gardener who resides in the Green Valley location.