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Not Every Gardener Has a Green Thumb

Growing a Garden in High Desert Soil is Tough

Years ago, I made a plan for my first garden bed. I fenced out rabbits from my plot of land. I dug up the heavier rocks and raked and turned until thought I had a decent bed to start. I then made a deal with the groundskeepers at the local park that I could collect their lawn and leaf trimmings. I hauled home a small trailer full of rich composting material.

It pays to talk to other gardeners in your community. They may have the background you don’t. Why work so hard?

Garlic Bulb

A fresh garlic I never raised

Use Gardening Magazines but Don’t be Beguiled

I raked and tilled, mulched and watered. I knew that in this virgin soil, nothing would grow for the first year. So I tended the plot and added some amendments that I had read about. Pored over the organic magazines all Summer. True to their word, they recommended that planting in the Fall would be better for a sound crop; I only planted two rows of potatoes starters. The bitter winds of Winter made gardening brutal. I was on a water tank system, still am, so each time I watered, I paid more attention to how much absorbed into the ground.

Dirt Farmer

Without water and good soil your garden is nothing

Garden magazines are helpful but they can draw you into false security, thinking that everything is just fine. They don’t know your climate or soil health. I watered and tested my young spud plants until early Spring.

Seduced by January Garden Dreams

You know all of those gardening magazines arrive in your mail boxes in January just to whet your keen edge for a voluptuous garden … the dream garden. I devoured each page. i was seduced by promises and beautiful pictures.

By early February, after the frost, I planted several rows of green onions, yellow onions, garlic and some pepper plants. I even planted marigold plants between rows to discourage bugs and worms. Master Gardeners suggested that. I was on my way to having a “green thumb”, or so I thought. But the High Desert had different ideas.

It seems that while I was developing the soil and strengthening the PH balance, diligently following the master gardeners’ insider hints, the desert was killing off my dreams.

The first early shoots of my potato plants withered. The onion rows sprouted a feet high but when I pulled a few, no onions! Even my “anyone can grow” marigolds refused to send out roots. The first wind that came along blew them right out of the ground! And the horn worms that can attack tomato plants like an army on the move had made a night raid and wiped out my two feeble pepper seedlings.

Find Out What Your Garden’s Enemies Are

Horm Worms can devour a whole plant

Tomato Horn Worms look healthier than my pepper plants

You’ll need to study who your enemies are: underground, under leaf, in the stems or on the stems. Consult your local gardening department in a building and housewares store. They always have a gardener on hand. Take their advice.

It seems that the lack of humidity in the ground, even with my diligent watering, was not enough to grow a garden. The rodents conspired to burrow under my rows and finish off my harvest long before it showed above ground. And, for all of my watering, it seems that it all percolated down and away from my baby garden roots. I didn’t have the soil primed for holding the moisture.

By the time I expected to harvest early onions, potatoes, and garlic… I found two … yes, two onions. No Garlic. My potato starters were still small, laughing at me, I’m sure.

So I am the Brown Thumb gardener. I still buy my produce from the store. I still have my garden outside my window. Now I grow rustic antique cultivators, harrow row rakes, steel wheels, and antique hand plows … the basic elements of a gardener’s tool collection when the tools brought great harvests to more fortunate gardeners.

Rusty, no dirt under my fingernails …

 

Natural and Drought-Tolerant Plants Good for High Desert Gardens

Natural and Drought-Tolerant Plants

It’s time to plan your spring planting. Lavender and rosemary are two evergreens that can grow well in the high desert. See the eHow article, Rosemary Plant in the High Desert, for more information on planting rosemary in your garden.

evergreens

Rosemary photo from http://www.morguefile.com/archive/#/?q=rosemary&sort=pop&photo_lib=morgueFile

There are several websites with helpful information on organic and/or drought-tolerant plants for high desert gardens. I’ve listed four below to get you started:

  1. Going Organic Magazine – In the article, Winter Organic Gardening in The Desert, Maureen Gilmer gives insight on how to plant with drought-tolerant landscaping. If you are wondering which vegetable crops can be sown or planted in February, this article will be helpful.
  2. Moana Nursery – This website offers Local High Desert Tips on things you can do between February 16 through February 29 for your spring garden.
  3. Garden Solutions for the High Desert – Read Blogger Marnie Brennan’s blog post on Seed Starting for Spring Planting 2016 for help on seed planting.
  4. Mohave Desert Nursery – Learn about natural and drought-tolerant plants that grow well in the high desert.

Organic Salsa Garden

Plant an organic salsa garden – tomatoes, green onions, carrots, and peppers. Green onions and carrots grew in my garden through the winter months. Both go great in a homemade salsa recipe. The last green onions I pulled up out of the garden were so long I had to double them to store them in the frig.

Green onions and tiny carrot

What recipes do you put green onions in? Share your recipe in the comment section for this blog post.

Rain visited Victor Valley’s high desert this week, the best natural watering for a garden. It’s time to dig up the garden weeds and prepare for spring planting.

Gardening takes work, but it’s a good way to exercise and to enjoy natural Vitamin D.

Got gardening tips to share? Let us hear your spring planting plans.

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February Garden Planning Tips

Snapdragons

Yellow Snapdragons

Gardeners are already planning their spring gardens and planting. The garden lover thrives on how to keep flowers and vegetables growing all year long, whether it be seed-planting, weed-pulling, and vegetable harvesting. The most challenging gardening I’ve ever experienced has been in high desert garden zones.

I googled “high desert garden planning in February” to see who and what popped up. The links listed below are the first ones that came up. Whichever zone you garden in, these tips will be useful to you.

  1. http://www.moananursery.com/expert-tips-and-info/high-desert-gardening.html
  2. https://survivingthemiddleclasscrash.wordpress.com/gardening/high-desert-gardening/
  3. http://kathrynpagano.com/2012/07/10/tips-for-starting-a-vegetable-garden-in-the-desert/

Each one of these sites is very fascinating, interesting, and inspiring for anyone who wants to start a garden in the high desert. The cool thing is that no matter which high desert area you live in, you can benefit from any of these three websites mentioned, even the last one that isn’t focused specifically on the “high” desert.

All three of the above garden websites include gardening tips. Moana Nursery points out the three challenges of climate, soil, and water and offers a very helpful planting guide.

Barbara with “Surviving the Middle Class Crash” (I love that blog title) gives tips on how to cut down on weeds. She also offers a list of fruits and vegetables grown successfully – in spite of being told that hardly anything grows in the Sprague River, Oregon high desert.

The third link that came up with my Internet search is the “full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls” (I fell in love with her blog). Though she’s from the Tucson low desert area, her suggestions work well for growing vegetables in the high desert as well. She covers topics on your hardiness zone, soil testing, raised beds, wilting, mulch and more. But I like what she says about keeping a journal as a reference guide of your successes and disasters.

I’ll never forget the first time I spotted an ugly dragon-looking neon-green-alien-looking tomato hornworm. It creeped me out so much that I put my garden gloves on and knocked the pest off of the plant and into a sandwich baggie. Where there is one, there is bound to be more. Brave vegetable gardener that I was, I managed to save the sandwich bags for the next alien culprits. Gloves and a small spade helped me do the trick of sending them out of my garden. I read somewhere that tomato hornworms are hard to see in the sunlight (because they blend right in with the green leaves), so use a flashlight when it’s dark to shine on the plants. The little monsters are easier to spot that way with their neon color.

Like Middle Class Crash Barbara, I was determined to learn how to grow vegetables and fruit in a high desert climate. I had helped my vegetable-garden-growing mother and grandmothers enough that I had the confidence that I could grow my own home-grown food despite desert conditions.

My garden upbringing was in the Deep South, quite different than hot, dry summers with strong winds. Eventually, however, the garden grew. What has amazed me is that this winter my herbs, specifically dill and oregano, have withstood the cold and are actually thriving beautifully. It’s so exciting to step outside the kitchen into the herb garden and snip a few for seasoning, like the dill herb for one of the Big Game dip recipes I’m wanting to try.

A list of flowers and herbs that have made it through the winter season so far:

  • Snapdragons (they’ve grown quite tall)
  • California Poppies (that shocked me – I haven’t had them stay so pretty through the winter before)
  • Pansies – Oh how pretty they are in purple and yellow!
  • Dill – Before winter it looked tiny and scraggly-looking. Winter must be its friend more than I realized.
  • Oregano – It’s planted in a a corner of a large square pot. Two small pots of other herbs were placed inside the big garden pot. Since the oregano is spreading out so nicely, I’m removing the little pots and am going to let the oregano take over.

High Desert Fall Flowers and Pumpkins

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Autumn begins September 23, only five days away. High desert temperatures will start lowering, morning air will be crisp, and nights will be chilly. It’s a refreshing season.

Fall is my favorite season. Days are cooler for one thing. Leaves change colors, and gardening becomes more enjoyable because the days aren’t so hot. Gardeners plant new flowers that will last through fall and winter.

pansies

Yellow Pansies

Purple Pansies before Spring

Purple and White Pansies

Snapdragons

Yellow Snapdragons

Some of the best annuals to plant in the fall are snapdragons, pansies, sweet alyssum, petunias, and nasturtiums. These flowers grow well in high desert areas. Plant them at the beginning of the season. You can enjoy them up until the first frost and some even into the winter. Pansies seem to perk up more the colder the weather is.

Annual Flowers to Plant in Fall

Alyssum

Calendula

Cosmos

Dianthus

Lobelia

Nasturtium

Snapdragon

Pansies

Petunias

Phlox

Decorate your garden with colorful flowers and pumpkins of all sizes. Go all out with color. Paint an old chair with multiple bright reds, oranges, blues, yellows and greens. It will surely brighten someone’s day.

Fall Gardening

Fall Garden Color

Pumpkin patches attract families this time of the year as festivities are planned for Halloween. When my daughter was little, my husband and I would take her to a pumpkin patch and let her pick out a pumpkin. We would take it home, and I would bake pumpkin bars and top them with cream cheese frosting.

Find a pumpkin patch in your area, and create autumn memories with your children and grandchildren. Make pumpkin fruit dip, pumpkin bars, and fun crafts for the whole family.

Fall garden decorating with seasonal colors is fun. It offers a warm welcome before entering the home, setting the mood for comfort.

Snapdragons

High Desert Snapdragons

Organic Gardening in Zone 11

Perennials

Lovage Perennial Herb

Growing vegetables and herbs in the high desert is a challenge that is worth every seed planted. It’s a process that requires diligence and patience but results in bountiful nutritious rewards.

Basic vegetables and herbs such as listed below are easy to grow even in an arid climate, handy to have in a kitchen garden, and make a good salsa:

  • tomatoes
  • jalapeno peppers
  • serrano peppers
  • bell peppers
  • green onions
  • cilantro
  • basil
  • garlic

Other easy veggies to grow in the high desert are corn, yellow summer squash, kale, broccoli and carrots. If you start with a small garden, several of the vegetables can be planted close to herbs and fruit. Keep in mind that when the summer triple digits kick in, you have to baby those plants especially in Zone 11 where drought is common.

Watering Resources

Strategic watering plans are important to soak the soil. Digging trenches is one way. Use soaker hoses or some type of drip system. Layer two or three inches of mulch under plants and on the ground to hold moisture in. Different types of mulch work such as rocks, pine needles, and leaves.

Rainwater collection is also an excellent resource. Catch the water from the roof in containers when it does rain. Visit your local hardware store and ask for rain water storage supplies for your home garden.

Herbs

Herbs can be planted with the vegetables or in their own separate garden. Organic cooking is enhanced by using fresh spices straight from the kitchen garden. Choose your favorites from this list of additional herbs to plant:

  • chives
  • dill
  • lavender
  • lemon balm
  • lovage
  • mint
  • oregano
  • parsley
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • stevia
  • thyme

Gardening Frustrations

What difficulties might beginners expect when planting organic vegetable gardens in an arid environment? Look for any of these occurrences to happen:

  • certain watering requirements by city during drought
  • tomato hornworms
  • aphids
  • rabbits
  • birds

A few things can help with the extreme summer heat like using soaker hoses and mulch. High desert vegetable gardens may need to be watered deeply three times a week. Tall corn stalks provide shade. Mulch helps retain moisture and reduce evaporation.

When there isn’t enough water, all of the garden suffers. Tomatoes can get cracks when the temperature is scorching and there isn’t consistent watering. Look for hornworms on tomato plants. Find them easily at night with a flashlight because they are neon green. They have a dragon-looking head and attach themselves to the leaves. Signs to look for are wilted and spotted leaves, dark green droppings on the top of the leaves, and stems missing leaves. When you’ve seen one, there’s probably more. They will quickly ruin tomato plants. Hornworms also like eggplant and pepper plants. Marigolds and dill are good to plant with tomatoes to deter hornworms.

Aphids are hard to get rid of. They love squash plants and can destroy a large plant quickly. Lavender and ladybugs repel aphids and hornworms.

Rabbits and birds like vegetable gardens, too. Use chicken wire to surround and cover the top of your plants. Put fabric mesh on top of your garden areas enclosed with wire to deter critters.

Enjoy your organic garden, plant lots of lavender, marigolds, and dill. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds will be happy, and they will assist in pollinating the garden.

Lavender

Lavender in an Herb Garden

Summer Garden Irrigation

Summer Tomato Garden

Tomato Plants

Hot three-digits were already present in the High Desert to officially welcome summer on June 21st. If you aren’t aware yet, mandatory water restrictions are in effect now in the High Desert. Victorville, Hesperia, and Apple Valley have posted their watering guidelines which include certain watering days.

 

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Is it possible to keep up the herb and vegetable gardens in this heat and current mandatory water restrictions? It is, although gardeners must stay on top of it. It does help to choose a good type of irrigation. Soaker hose gardening is an easy and inexpensive way to water gardens. However, soaker hoses sometimes get larger holes that spurt out major streams. It’s better to install a drip irrigation system, although there is a snip-and-drip type of soaker hose system that can be used.

Clay Elam, an ethnobotanist, recently spoke in Lucerne Valley about simple historical irrigation setups that anyone can do. Two types of irrigation he mentioned were the unglazed clay pot and the rockpile mulch. Both are easy for anyone to do. Read more about this at the blog post, Resources of Native Southwestern Plants and Trees.

Utilizing the area that gets water from my soaker hoses, I planted tomato, strawberry, onion, pepper, grape, carrot, corn, sugar snap bean, and broccoli plants and a dwarf Macintosh apple tree. Every time I’ve planted strawberry plants, they’ve never made it. This time all of the plants in the soaker hose area are thriving. There is one more section that gets watered from the soaker hose that I’ve observed. I’m getting ready to plant yellow squash seeds there.

Do you water manually, or do you have your watering system set on a timer? Small kitchen gardens or square foot gardens may not be large enough to require a more sophisticated irrigation system. Unless you have a family member or friend who waters for you if you go on summer vacations, it’s important to invest in a good water timer that has a rain delay such as the Rainwave 3-Zone:

This timer is compatible with drip and soaker hoses. Don’t forget the container plants. There is even a drip system for containers:

Once your water hoses are in good shape, the water timer is set, how do you plan for your vegetable harvest when you are planning a summer vacation? Do you ask someone to gather the vegetables, or do you take a chance and leave them until you return? Vacations don’t usually last all summer, so a few days of ripe vegetables not being brought in may be no big deal. One thing for sure, though, is that you’ll be busy harvesting when you return home.

Got any helpful garden tips? Offer your garden irrigation ideas in the comment section below.

Pretty and Drought-tolerant Plant for High Desert Gardens

The wind is howling. The temperature is climbing. I just bought a Lantana (lantana camara) plant and I’m afraid it will get blown right out of the pot. I love the small flowers and the red-orange flame of color is my favorite. Nurseries in our area know that they come in several color varieties. How can I enjoy adding some new color to my drab garden when I’m afraid of killing it?

Drought-tolerant plants are one of the better choices for our High Desert in Southern California. We have two strikes against us though: 1) we have high winds 2) Californians should be paying more attention to their water use.

Pink variety of Lantana

Pink variety of Lantana

I chose the Lantana due to its hardy nature in arid climates. It has clusters of tight, tiny trumpets that give off a light scent. They’re great for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. So I really want this plant to survive but I’ve killed more than I want to admit.

So I stopped off at my nursery of choice and asked how to keep my Lantana healthy. One of the clerks I found also loves Lantana, so she suggested that I water two or three times a day when the temps go over 100 degrees F. And, yes, I know the temps get that high almost every year.

I should also make sure I have a thick mulch to protect the roots and keep the heat from dehydrating the soil too fast. But how much water is enough? She said there’s an easy way to test that. Dig a hole in your garden larger and deeper than a one gallon pot. Plant the empty pot. pack soil around it. Pour exactly one gallon of water in it and let it evaporate and soak into the ground. Watch it often until all of the water is gone. That will give you the time it takes for a gallon-per-minute soak for your soil conditions.

If you don’t like how fast it goes then use an amendment that holds the water longer. If it takes too long, then loosen the soil and amend it with a more fibrous mulch product that allows drainage. I have heavy clay so I’m still trying to balance the drainage time to fit my plants.

For wind problems, I can always build a short wind wall to keep the speed under control. And for too much direct light, I can tent my plant with a tiny tarp until late in the summer.

Two colors in one planter: red flame and pink

Two colors in one planter: red flame and pink

At any case, I know this plant will be babied this year just so I can prove I can keep a Lantana in the yard. I think I’ll make a baby bonnet and get a drip bottle to make it happy. [grin]

Are you having special trouble with any of your desert plants? We may not have all of the answers, but we’ll look for them. Let us know here at High Desert Blogging.com.

Rusty LaGrange

For more Lantana growing info, here’s a place that helped me:

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/lantana/lantana-plants.htm

Drought Tolerant Flowers, Plants and Shrubs for High Desert Gardening

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Gardening in high desert terrain can vary from one garden to another, even in the same area. Finding what works is a matter of learning what type of garden soil you have, how much sun or shade a plant needs, trial and error and a whole lot of TLC.

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Water Conservation and Money-Saving Gardening Tips

Since water conservation is of utmost importance in the Mohave Desert, gardeners look for ways to cut down on garden upkeep. One garden blogger advised planting shrubs to save money in the garden. Like she says, they take up a larger space which means fewer plants are needed.

Planting drought tolerant shrubs, flowers, and trees will help conserve water. Oleander, pyracantha shrubs and Italian Cypress trees are evergreen and often seen planted as privacy fences. Although not everyone likes to plant oleanders because they are poisonous, they do grow well in the high desert. The oleander produces pink, white and red flowers from spring through autumn. The pyracantha is thorny and produces bright red or orange berries in autumn and winter and white flowers during spring and summer.

Combine shrubs with perennials and herbs like these:

  • lavender
  • sage
  • salvia
  • lovage
  • lemon balm
  • snapdragons
  • pansies
  • yarrow
  • catmint
  • California poppies
Snapdragons

High Desert Snapdragons

Keep plants that require more water in the same area, and use soaker hoses or a drip irrigation system.

It makes sense to use native plants like cacti. A cactus garden when in bloom with bright green and pink flowers is a beautiful sight. Bees and hummingbirds love a blooming cactus garden.

Plant a smoke tree, mulberry or a juniper. These make great drought tolerant choices for a high desert landscape.

Groundcover plants to consider are:

  • Sedum
  • Rockrose
  • Thyme
  • Succulents

Be sure to ask your nursery what the best choices are for your type of garden soil. Keep your receipts. Some garden stores offer a money-back guarantee if you have a receipt to show.

Happy Gardening!

 

Essential Tools for the High Desert Gardener

Pink Cactus Flower

My Garden Pink Cactus Flower

Growing a garden in the high desert requires owning a few necessary tools. Consider these tasks when choosing essentials for a new garden:

  • pulling weeds
  • planting flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees
  • raking leaves
  • watering
  • composting

Gardeners have favorite tools they can’t live without. My list of favorites is based on comfort and gardening in the high desert.

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Gloves

You can never have too many pairs of garden gloves. When glove shopping, don’t let the pretty ones deceive you. Cheap ones are priced low for a reason. The least water and dirt will cause quick wear and tear on them.

Cheap Gloves

$2-$3 Gloves

Pretty and pink means little when purchasing the best gloves. However, go ahead and get those pretty ones you have your eyes on if it means you need a little comfort to make you feel good.

Choose pretty pink (or whatever your favorite color is) and invest in another pair of durable gloves as well. You’ll know you didn’t choose the most durable ones when you get stuck with desert prickly foxtails.

Two brands of gloves that have held up for awhile for me or that I like are Digz and Mud. Amazon.com has a set of pretty Digz women’s garden gloves
and are bright colors if you are looking for pretty ones.

Even the Digz gloves get worn out like mine did with holes in the finger tips. My Digz gloves and the pretty pink ones gave out, so I purchased another pair that are blue and made by Mud. Just the name “Mud” made me think they might hold up better with water and dirt. We’ll see.

Digz Garden Gloves

Women’s Digz Garden Gloves

Garden gloves made by Mud

My Mud Gloves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hats

Digging in the dirt, planting, watering or strolling through the garden to check on the new sprouts of green popping up will make you lose your sense of time. It’s a refreshing like you can’t imagine. So grab your hat before walking out the door because when you walk into your garden world, you’ll forget all about protecting your skin basking in the sun.

Colors of the garden inspire. Colorful hats do, too. Pick up a new summer hat for your mornings and evenings in the garden.

Hula Hoe

I haven’t met anyone who loves weeding – unless it’s to get your exercise quota in for a day. The kind I use is the inexpensive basic hula hoe, but I’ve seen some that cost more and that are bigger. It seems like to me the bigger one, though the cost is more, might make a weeding job a tad bit easier. That’s a thought for starting my next gardening tool list.

Trowel

Trowels are handy when planting flowers, herbs and vegetables, whether in the ground or containers. Traditional trowels with long, narrow blades work well for digging and planting. I’ve used the traditional type for scooping out soil from a bag to transport to pots. Every time I spill the soil. So a wide deep-dish blade works better for transplanting soil. Shop online or at your local hardware store to choose the best for your needs. Choose your favorite, the traditional, ergonomic or a type of garden trowel that fits all of your needs.

Rake

When the summer season ends, it’s a good idea to own a rake. A friend visited my desert place and commented, “I’ve never seen a rake like that.”

Thinking she was referring to my mini rake (a very handy little tool to have) that helps when scooping a pile of leaves, I turned to see what she was pointing at. She was talking about my big sweep rake. It made me curious about types of rakes. I did an online research and discovered that there are all kinds of rakes I wasn’t even aware of.

Shoes

Working in the garden, especially when weeding with the hula hoe, can cause many foxtails to stick through flimsy shoes. A good pair of durable garden clog shoes is worth keeping around.

Hose

A kinking hose when watering is the most aggravating thing about gardening – with the exception of critters eating from the garden. The kinking problem, however, can be easily solved by purchasing a pocket hose like the one below.

You may can tell that my favorite garden item is gloves. However, all of these items are important for all gardeners.

Got a favorite garden tool you can’t do without? I’d like to hear about it. Tell me in the comment section on this page.

Happy Gardening!

Gardening Inspiration and Poetry

Flowers in Sinks

Herb Sink Gardening

April has been an interesting month for me because of dealing with vertigo. It’s been a new experience. Extreme spinning happens at hearing acute noises, seeing movements, or just sitting in a chair. One thing that has helped, however, is simply watering the garden, planting seeds, or pulling weeds. Every chance, whether twenty to thirty minutes or an hour spent in the garden, is a wonderful relief from vertigo episodes that last for hours or a whole day.

Spending time in the garden is the thing I like most about spring. Planting flowers, herbs and vegetables inspires the soul. Not only is it therapeutic. It’s an excellent way to get physical exercise.

Basil, pepper, and tomato plants were planted early this month. Seeds I’ve planted so far include beets, broccoli, chives, cilantro, dill, carrots, okra, peas and nasturtiums. Herbs such as lavender, lemon balm, lovage, mint and rosemary are already growing fast in my garden. Kitchen gardens are handy to grow. When cooking up a vegetable or marinating chicken, you just step outside the kitchen door, snip off a handful of herbs, rinse them and add to whatever you’re cooking.

April is National Poetry Month, and highdesertblogging.com is hosting a poetry contest on the theme of “Place”. Co-hosting this contest is Poet Mary Langer Thompson, author of “Poems in Water”.

Inspire us with your own garden poetry. Why not write a poem about your favorite flowers and herb or vegetable garden? Write about your memories of your mother’s or grandmother’s garden.

Tomorrow is the deadline for submitting poems. Poems submitted for the contest will be considered for publishing on highdesertblogging.com. The contest details are listed on our High Desert Events page. Find out more by reading Poet Mary Langer Thompson’s “April is Poetry Month” blog post published April 1, 2015.

Since I love gardens, I can’t wait to read any gardening poems that come in for the contest. Hurry and submit your poems. You have until 11:59 pm, Monday, April 20, 2015 to email us your contest submissions. Don’t forget to read the details listed on our site, then email the poems to hdblogging@gmail.com.

One more thing about the contest – it’s FREE to enter! Not only that, we’re giving prizes to the winners. It’s our way of saying thank you for the comments you give us and for reading our blog.

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