Southwest Herb Gardening: July in the Low Desert

If we are fortunate the arrival of summer rains will materialize this month, bringing much relief to plants and animals. However, you may notice many non-native succulent plants are succumbing to high nighttime temperatures. When the night temperatures stay at 90º F or above and the humidity is high, most succulent plants can’t breathe. After … Continue reading Southwest Herb Gardening: July in the Low Desert

Tips For Growing and Preserving Herbs In The Low Desert

Soil Preparation: In low desert areas, growers are not blessed with the rich, organic soil we'd prefer to have. Most gardens will need some organic material, soil sulfur, ammonium phosphate, and gypsum. Every year, as a matter of fact, you may need to add organic matter and gypsum. Pay close attention to your garden soil. … Continue reading Tips For Growing and Preserving Herbs In The Low Desert

Southwest Gardening: Sacred Mesquite ~Recipes

Mesquite grows well in desert areas from the southwestern United States to the Andean regions of South America. Traditionally, native peoples of the Southwest depended on mesquite. It provided food, fuel, shelter, weapons, medicine, and cosmetics. As times changed, and as refined sugar and wheat flour became staples, the role of mesquite was diminished. Mesquite … Continue reading Southwest Gardening: Sacred Mesquite ~Recipes

Southwest Herb Gardening: What To Plant In June, and Watering In June

We recommend most plants be planted in the fall or spring. However, if you must plant during the summer months watering may need to be more frequent and you must be diligent about observing your newly planted plants for signs of water stress. Follow the guidelines in the Watering section. Many cacti and warm-season succulents can … Continue reading Southwest Herb Gardening: What To Plant In June, and Watering In June

Southwest Herb Gardening: June In The Low Desert

June in the low desert is generally the driest and hottest month. Desert gardeners often must begin their garden activities in the early morning or at sunset to avoid the intense sunlight. Plants must endure the intense heat throughout the day. Many native and desert-adapted plants have numerous adaptations that enable them to live successfully … Continue reading Southwest Herb Gardening: June In The Low Desert

The Spice Pantry: Queen of the Spices, Cardamon

Cardamom – The Queen of Spices My favorite spice in the house! Cardamom is the Queen of Spices and has grown lavishly under the tropical canopy on hillsides in the Ghat Mountains on the Malabar Coast of southern India to be harvested by hand and shipped around the world.  The cardamom familiar to India and the … Continue reading The Spice Pantry: Queen of the Spices, Cardamon

The Spice Pantry: Black Pepper

Piper nigrum Also, Known As: Black Pepper The common herbal product known as the black pepper is a well-known spice around the world and is used in almost every home, this herb is native to southern India, though it is now cultivated widely in many tropical countries of the world. The plant itself is a … Continue reading The Spice Pantry: Black Pepper

The Spice Pantry: Clove

Eugenia carpophyll Ata syn. Syzygium aromaticum Also, Known As: Clove The association of the clove with human society is old indeed. The ancient Chinese Han dynasty - lasting from 207 B.C. to A.D. 220, gives us our first clue to the uses of the fragrant clove. Chinese physicians of that era wrote that the court … Continue reading The Spice Pantry: Clove

The Spice Pantry: Cinnamon: Spice with a Punch

We sprinkle it on toast, add it to cookie dough, stir it into hot apple cider, and find it in candies. But cinnamon is more than a sweet treat. It's one of the world's oldest healers. Modern science has confirmed its value for preventing infection and indigestion - and recent research shows that it helps … Continue reading The Spice Pantry: Cinnamon: Spice with a Punch

The Spice Pantry: Benefits Of Cinnamon And Honey

Since ancient times, people have been using a blend of cinnamon and honey to heal several ailments. While honey is readily available in most countries across the globe, contemporary scientists also acknowledge the benefits of honey as a ‘Ram Ban’ or extremely useful medication for almost all types of maladies. What is more significant is the fact that ingestion … Continue reading The Spice Pantry: Benefits Of Cinnamon And Honey