Category Archives: Gardening in our Desert

All about successful gardening in our local desert environment.

Desert-Wise Landscape Lectures

Expert information on native seed collecting, native plant propagation, native revegetation of previously stripped land and drip irrigation systems. Presented by the Morongo Basin Conservation (MBCA) at the Joshua Tree Community Center (view MAP) on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 – 12:30 … Continue reading

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GARDENING: USDA issues new “cold hardiness maps”. Adds 2 new zones.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual … Continue reading

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Gardening: Has “Spring” sprung too early?

  National widespread “winter heat waves” present problems for growers While “I” am not in any way an expert on horticulture and don’t really have a “green” thumb, I have learned a few things over the past 8-years in this … Continue reading

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INVASIVE – TOXIC WEED

MBCA’s “Hold the Mustard” Weed-Pull Event It may be the season of hearts and flowers (Happy Valentine’s Day!), but there is one flower that is not loved in our desert… that of the Saharan mustard.  It is time for our … Continue reading

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WEATHER FOR JOSHUA TREE – Explained

Basic current weather & 5-day forecasts for the general Joshua Tree area   The above weather is recorded at a weather-station (Joshua Tree Highlands) located inside the Joshua Tree National Park, at about 3,400 feet altitude above sea level (ASL). The air … Continue reading

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Desert Landscape Workshop in Joshua Tree

Local group presents 3rd Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop November 5, 2011 Morongo Basin Conservation Association (MBCA) President, Laraine Turk announces their 3rd Desert-Wise education program to be presented Saturday, November 5, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center. (Click … Continue reading

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Huge garden flourishes in Joshua Tree

Veggies, herbs ‘n fruit are alive in our Desert Wonderland. A couple of miles north of the 29-Palms highway (state 62) along Sunfair, (which fronts the Joshua Tree airport about one mile east of the Court Buildings at White Feather) … Continue reading

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Squirrels vs Apricot Jam

An ongoing battle against foreign squirrels… 74 year old retiree Beverlee Nelson wants to tend her garden and make apricot jam. But squirrels keep ruining the fruit, and nothing she’s done to stop them has worked. A Steve Lopez, Los … Continue reading

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Gardening in our desert

    This is a series of articles. Additions to this Series will follow at the end of each “chapter”. This “first chapter” is sort of an ”introduction” pertaining to gardening in our desert. We’ll cover numerous tutorial issues as time permits, … Continue reading

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