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Friday, February 27, 2015

Rain Coming - Good time for transplanting

Dear Folks,

With the rain coming in this weekend, it is a good time to get your transplants in - the rain will seal the soil to the roots very well and give the plants a good drink.

FYI - I have tomato and other plants and seedling starts for sale today at the Mesa Farmers Market  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This time of year is also prime disturbed weather conditions for hail (warm/cold/wind), so have your frost protection available to cover young plants - I like these poor man's cloches - you can also use 2 liter soda bottles.  Always clean well, so you do not have mold issues.

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cardinal Hide 'n Seek, Free shipping on books and calendar expiring soon, Transplants

Dear Folks,

Mr. Cardinal played hide and seek with me among the bare/flowering apricot and plum trees - he was quite talk-a-tive :-)

 They do not visit us often - usually around this time of year or later in spring.  Sometimes with the Mrs. and a juvenile.  Just one of the delights in the garden when you have cover for them.

All of our fruit trees are now at one point or other in bloom so I'm trying to capture these delights of the day.  Our Johnny-Jump-Up lawn is starting to bloom nicely.  This picture was taken last year at this time.  The "pansy forest" is going to be even more dense this year - I will post pictures later in March/April to give you the full effect :-)

Meanwhile, my publisher's offer of free mail shipping or discounted ground shipping expires tomorrow (February 25th) near midnight.

A reminder note about my calendar.  This is the first year I've been able to produce a desert edible specific calendar and I intend to make a new one each year, with new photos and any additional tips I add.  Having said that, I would encourage you to think of this calendar as "perpetual" - all of the information remains the same for each month and through out the year

My Publisher's Free / reduced Shipping Offer


With the cooler weather for this week, it is a great time to get more of your transplants in the ground.  I will have transplants and seedling "starts" available at the Friday Mesa Farmers Market each week for the next several weeks.  It is to your benefit to get them in the ground as soon as possible.

Have a great day in the garden,

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady