Desert Horticulture

Desert Horticulture

Desert Horticulture is as unique to horticulture as the desert to other environments. Growing plants in the desert is part science and part art. The science must be "tweeked" to grow plants successfully here. This podcast takes questions from listeners, and topic suggestions that are current, and discusses how to 'tweek" the science for Desert Horticulture.... Show More

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Don't know which fruit trees or varieties to grow and you live in a desert? You should hurry before the best ones are gone! I just received a Grow Organic fruit tree catalog and I wanted to walk through it with you if you are planning to grow fruit trees in the Mojave Desert. My experience is in two different locations in the Mojave (or Mohave) Desert for 25 years; for 18 years at the University of Nevada Research and Demons... Read more

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Principles never change. How to apply them changes because you live in the desert. Vegetable production is the same in the Mojave Desert as it was in Michigan, Idaho, Utah or California. The APPLICATION of these principles change. Learn from this podcast the basic principles important when growing high quality vegetables in the desert.



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Italian cypress is a Mediterranean plant which means it can survive in hot Mojave Desert residential landscapes. But some problems exist that can turn these plants into a brown mess like watering too often, planting them in the wrong soil, pests and even borers! These can get big! Can you control their height? Come and learn about where and if these plants should be in your landscape, how to take care of them including pruning a... Read more

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October 29, 2019 27 min

Roses do beautifully in the desert for about 8 months of the year. The worst time is the middle of summer but they must be planted and irrigated correctly. Learn how to select, plant and grow roses so they stay beautiful all year long in the desert. 



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Fall freezing temps are particularly wicked because they can catch plants off-guard, unprepared for a freeze. If you applied a high nitrogen fertilizer to these plants this is exactly why its a no-no. Learn what you can do to protect your plants from these potentially freezing temps.



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September 13, 2019 31 min

Landscapes designed and installed for the desert should be special in many different ways if we want it to provide comfort for outside activities and still save water and keep electric costs low during the summer months. Join me in this podcast that is a companion piece for my class of the same name offered in late October on Eventbrite... Read more

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September 3, 2019 30 min

Lawns are difficult to maintain in the desert. If you don't establish it the right way in the beginning it will be that much more difficult later. This episode describes the importance of irrigation for desert lawns and learning how to do it right, fertilizers to apply and when, mowing mistakes and how to correct them and the "green ops" of desert lawn care: aerification and dethatching.



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September 3, 2019 33 min

Lawns are sometimes inferred to be the scourge the desert environment. But they are sometimes necessary. Learn when they should be considered, where they should be located, designed and installed as an integral part of a desert landscape. 



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August 21, 2019 14 min

There are two ways to produce tomatoes in the Fall in the Mojave Desert; by shearing plants or planting seed in the summer. Both will work. Something I forgot to mention is to make sure your pruners or scissors for shearing tomato plants is sharp and sanitized. Listen to this podcast and learn how to do it. All this and more in todays Desert Horticulture podcast.



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August 14, 2019 39 min

This podcast is about the relationship between fertilizers and organics in desert soils. If the organics in a soil aren't enough, fertilizers don't work as well. There is also the danger of having too much organics in desert soils. Different plants perform best with the right amount of organics in the soil. Their overall health and reaction to applied fertilizers are best when the level of organics in the soil match the ... Read more

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In this episode of Desert Horticulture I discuss the grasshopper invasion in Las Vegas and how they differ from locust invasions, the Cicada Killer Wasps and what to do about them if anything, and fruit salad trees. Think twice before you buy one. All this and much more in this Desert Horticulture podcast.



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This desert horticulture podcast discusses different methods of controlling aphids in landscape trees, using drip tubing instead of drip emitters for irrigating trees in the landscape and how to manage shrubs like Butterfly Bush that grow better in colder climates. Join me in this episode of desert horticulture.



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July 25, 2019 37 min

This episode is long overdue. I talk about how to irrigate so that you apply the right amount of water to the right depth and at the right time. Come join me in this important episode of Desert Horticulture.



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July 24, 2019 33 min

Growing tomatoes in the desert is not easy. Of all the vegetables in the tomato family (peppers, eggplant, potato) probably tomatoes are the most difficult. Listen to the podcast and get some pointers on growing tomatoes here if you are just starting out or moving to the desert from a wetter climate. See this printed on my blog, Xtremehorticulture of the Desert and the pictures I posted.



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This episode of Desert Horticulture announces the sight of the leaffooted plant bug, how to control weeds like sandbur and puncturevine without chemicals, precautions to take when planting horsetail or equisetum, problems that can develop if you have twisted myrtle and why ants are not a good idea around fig trees. All of this will be talked about and more on this episode of Desert Horticulture.



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Join me in this episode of Desert Horticulture where we explore why rotating vegetables is important even if you have one raised bed, different reasons why an apricot tree might drop its leaves and a disease of vegetables not seen to often in the desert, bacterial leaf spot. All this and more in this episode of Desert Horticulture.



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Join me in this episode to learn why recently planted asparagus didn't survive, white dwarf Southern Magnolia dropped its leaves and an apricot that came out beautifully in the spring suddenly lost half of its leaves on one side of the tree. Explore these topics with me and more in this episode of Desert Horticulture.



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This episode discusses the reality of converting a residential landscape to all Mojave Desert plants with no irrigation, success planting landscape plants in the ground still in their containers and starting new cacti from pads and the condition of the soil. These topics will be discussed in more in this episode of Desert Horticulture.



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Today's episode discusses pines as suitable landscape trees for the desert, water droplets that are appearing on grape leaves, how to transplant native chollas and wildflowers, why protect cacti from direct sunlight, and where to put a pollenizer tree for a contorted jujube. We will discuss these topics and more on today's Desert Horticulture.



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This late spring series of questions asks how to control grape skeletonizer and flea beetles,  bird damage to grapes, whats causing yellow leaves on bottlebrush and what to do about it, and shade...is it bad or good in the desert? All this and more on these discussions about Desert Horticulture.



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