Ladybugs … Do They Really Help Eliminate Bad Bugs In The Garden And Landscape?

Absolutely! Ladybugs in the garden are very effective in controlling a number of bad bugs, including aphids, spider mites and scale. An adult ladybug can eat 50 aphids a day and produce up to 1,500 progeny. Take that aphids! In order to maximize the benefits of releasing ladybugs in your yard, provide them with conditions […]



Time To Re-Pot That Container???

Unfortunately, plants are not like the fish in your tank that only grow to the size of their home. Plants grow root-bound when the amount of plant root volume exceeds the amount of soil volume in their container. To check, gently lift out your plant from its container. If you can see mostly roots and […]



Mint … Can’t Get (Grow) Enough!

Pluck a sprig of mint and crush it between your fingers and you’ll release a cool distinctive fragrance not matched by any other plant. But mint doesn’t just smell good–it packs a mighty punch of flavor, too. Mint can be very invasive, so it does need caution. Given good conditions, it will happily take over […]



How To Grow Those Healthy Blueberries In The High Desert

Blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits around; they are low calorie, almost fat free, packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and dietary fiber–and they taste wonderful. As if that weren’t enough, they can add striking beauty to your garden. Whatever your reason for growing them, blueberries will work very well in your landscape plans. In […]



Telling Garden Vegetables Apart … How?

Please answer this question … What’s the difference between leafy veggies, flower veggies, root veggies, and fruit veggies? Leafy vegetables include “leaf-type” vegetables such as cabbage, chard, kale, lettuce and spinach, whose leaves are edible. “Flower-type” vegetables are ones such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower, whose “flower” is eaten instead of leaves. “Root-type” vegetables […]



Healthy Houseplants In Winter … How?

Keeping your houseplants healthy during winter months may seem difficult. Light from windows is reduced, days are shorter and humidity may be lower due to heating. But by making a few changes, you can help keep your houseplants healthy. Keeping things light In winter, your plants receive sunlight for less time and in less intensity. […]



Pollinating Fruit Trees … Do We Really Need Two Trees To Produce Fruit?

Fruit trees in the high desert add so much to an edible landscape plan and local fresh availability.  But, can we get by with a single tree?  What about the pollination needed? Our answer is, unfortunately, IT DEPENDS?  No one likes a Yes & No answer but this requires some explanation. Citrus trees like lemons, […]



For Next Spring … Get Flowers to Bloom More.

Increasing the amount that flowers bloom is a common “how to” question.   OK … how?   Most flowers and flowering plants need three essential ingredients to bloom: sunlight, nutrients, and warm soil. Even shade plants like azaleas and camellias need some sunlight in order to bloom. If your flowers are sun lovers, make sure they […]



Yuck … Mushrooms in my lawn!

Not so fast with the Yuck! Let’s answer the question, “Is it bad to have mushrooms growing in my lawn?” Not really, but elves sure like them! Mushrooms are the spore-producing structures of certain kinds of fungi. Most of these fungi are beneficial because they break down organic matter and release nutrients that are necessary […]



The Best Time To Plant … Fall In The High Desert!

Why Fall Planting Is Best Fall is the best time to plant. Moana Nursery tells you this every year, but maybe you need convincing. So let us explain why fall planting is so good for plants! It’s pretty simple, actually. In the fall, the warm soil encourages root growth. Roots continue to grow through the […]