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Fall Planting for Spring Blooms

Originally By Melissa Kruse-Peeples, Education Coordinator. Published October 16,2013.
Updates By Laura Neff, Education Associate. Published November 9, 2017.

Spring wildflower season is one of the desert’s most colorful periods. But planning for those multicolored displays in the spring requires planning in the Fall.  The prime time to plant spring flowers in the low desert areas of southern Arizona is during late September through early December.  Most spring blooming wildflowers benefit from the cold temperatures of winter and begin their life cycle when the winter rains come.

Cool Season Growing in the Low Desert

Article by Laura Neff, Education Assistant, published October 19, 2017.

We are lucky in the Southwest. Generally, we are lucky because of our beautiful ecosystem, but more specifically because we can grow year-round. There is always something that can be planted. The trick is knowing what to plant and when. What is usually a period when gardeners across much of the country are hanging up their tools, the fall and winter are seen as the easier times to grow in the low desert. Because of the mild climate during our cool season, there are few outside factors that can get in the way of a successful harvest. It is a time that a person can really BRAG about their garden. The trick is, knowing what to grow.

Great Grasshopper Plague of 2017

Published  by Sheryl Joy, Collections Manager on September 17, 2017.

Walk across any patch of ground at the Conservation Farm these days and you’ll meet our uninvited guests. Any step through the grass or the crops fields will set off a multitude of little explosions, hordes of grasshoppers leaping in all directions, clicking away like a whole team of tap dancers. There is a veritable plague of grasshoppers at the NS/S farm this summer. And they aren’t just hopping, they are eating.

Conservation Center Garden Updates: September 2017

Article by Michelle Langmaid, Americorps VISTA Garden and Volunteer Coordinator, published September 14, 2017.

The NS/S Garden Crew has been very busy this summer, and while we’ve had fun, nobody is going to say it has been easy! Our dedicated, albeit small, group of Garden Volunteers has accomplished a lot despite the summer heat with the help of popsicles, cold coffee, and an indomitable sense of humor.

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