Gardening in Tucson

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Monsoon Plant Sales  

Native Seeds/SEARCH 
When: July 17-19 10AM – 5PM 
Where: 3601 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719 

Monsoon season is a great time to grow plants in the low desert. Our annual sale offers seasonally appropriate varieties for late summer planting. As usual, members get 10% discount. New members who sign up during the event get 15% discount. Members only hour: Friday, July 17, at 9-10 am. General public: Friday-Sunday, July 17-19, 10 am to 5 pm. Prices from $3 and up. 

What: Apple Annie’s Events 
When: Weekends in July and August 
Where: Apple Annie’s Orchard and Produce  & Pumpkins 
Peach Mania 
Apple Annie’s Orchard 
2081 W. Hardy Road, Willcox, AZ 85643 
A celebration of Willcox peaches, featuring sweet and juicy tree-ripened peaches, starting with a delicious "All You Can Eat" peaches and pancakes breakfast served from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM each Saturday and Sunday. Take a free wagon ride and experience the fun of picking your own peaches! Enjoy free samples of peaches and dozens of peach products. Sit in the shade of our peach orchard and enjoy a slice of homemade peach pie or a bowl of homemade peach ice cream. Apple-smoked burger lunches will be served daily from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Enjoy hot roasted sweet corn at our farm location. A perfect way to spend a memorable day with family and friends. 
July 18-19, 25-26, August 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM 
Free admission 
Sweet Corn Festival 
Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins 
6405 W. Williams Road, Willcox, AZ 85643 
Sweet corn picked at the peak of the season is a treat you won't want to miss. Many other vegetables will be available for you to pick. Enjoy hot roasted sweet corn and a great day of family fun on the farm at Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins, in Willcox. 
July 11-12 and July 18-19 
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
Watermelon Weekend 
Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins 
6405 W. Williams Road, Willcox, AZ 85643 
At Apple Annie's Produce and Pumpkins, enjoy a free sample of super juicy and super sweet watermelon.  Guess the weight of the watermelon and you could win a free watermelon for guessing the correct weight.  Guess the EXACT weight of the watermelon you are purchasing and you can have it for free (1 guess per family). 
July 25-26 and August 1-2 
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM 
Phone: 520-384-2084 orchard / 520-384-4685 farm 
What: Harvestfest at Sonoita Vineyards 
When: July 25, 2015 - July 26, 2015 
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
Where: Sonoita Vineyards Winery, 290 Elgin-Canelo Rd., Elgin, AZ 85611 
Sonoita Vineyards Winery, in Elgin, hosts wine tastings with wine and food pairings, horse drawn winery and vineyard tours, and grape-stomping competitions each day during the annual festival. 
Phone: 520-455-5893 
What: Garlic Fest at Triangle T Ranch 
When: July 25, 2015 - July 26, 2015, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
  Where: Triangle T Guest Ranch, 4190 Dragoon Rd., Dragoon, AZ 85609 

Celebrate the 6th annual garlic harvest at Triangle T Guest Ranch, co-sponsored with RichCrest Farms, with free music, dozens of vendors and artisans, garlic cooking contest, face painting, and more fun.  Proceeds help raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona 
Phone: 520-586-7533 
What: Cool Summer Nights at the Desert Museum 
When: Saturday Nights from 5 – 10 PM June 6 – September 5 
Where: Desert Museum 
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum stays open after sundown on Saturday evenings all summer long as the nocturnal creatures of The Living Desert come to life.  Look for Museum Docents and Jr. Docents interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, animal eye shine, Sonoran Desert insects, night sounds, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, and/or rattlesnakes.   See their website for each nights’ theme. 

The list above was published in the e-newsletter July 2015 of the
Community Gardens of Tucson

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tips to get your garden through the hot months   May 9, 2015 by Elena Acoba - special to the Arizona Daily Star

Seasonal Plant Sales by Non Profit Groups Summer 2015

Weird Plant Sale - Saturday - May 16 - Unusual native and exotic cacti and other species will be available from private growers.         Artists will sell unusually designed pots. 
Tucson Botanical Gardens
(members only sale Friday evening)

Monsoon Sale Saturday July 11.  Native and desert-adapted plants will be available at a discount.  Desert Survivors Nursery, 1020 W. Starr Pass Blvd.

Monsoon Plant Sale - Friday-Saturday-Sunday July 17-18-19
Native Seeds/SEARCH will sell edible starts and wildflower and shrub seedlings.
3061 N. Campbell Avenue

Monsoon Madness - Friday and Saturday July 24 & 25.  Growers will sell plants prized by collectors, including agave, cacti and adeniums.  Experts will talk about how to care for these exotica and natives.  Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Do's, don'ts for using old gardening supplies

With spring planting season approaching, it's time to take stock of what's in your garden shed or garage. That way you make sure to use what you have and toss out what you can't salvage.
Here are some tips on what to do with your leftover gardening supplies:
Toss out old seeds if they appear dried out or have mold or fungus, says Jon Childers of Mesquite Valley Growers.
Otherwise, they're OK to plant regardless of the date on the seed packet.
If they don't sprout in a week or 10 days, then sow newly bought seeds. You haven't lost much in trying old seeds.
"You're losing a little bit of time," Childers says, "but if it's early in the season, you have the entire season in front of you."
Any leftover soil amendments, including fertilizers, will be fine to use as long as they have been kept dry, says Mesquite Valley's Rodney White.
White cautions that stored amendments that are wet will break down and lose their potency.
Wet manure could get too hot to use safely, he adds. He recalls spreading an old bag of poultry manure that had been wet. "I burned some plants with it," he says.
Stored hot fertilizer also poses a fire and explosion hazard, according to the Arizona Master Gardener Manual by Pima County Cooperative Extension.
Leftover garden or potting soil also should be fine to use, White says.
Sometimes bags of soil will "get kind of funky or moldy or stinky" if they got wet and the organic matter started breaking down, he says.
"You could still use it. Definitely dry it out and mix it in with something else."
Follow the container directions for disposal of chemicals. White says leftover chemicals can be used if they were properly stored for up to three years.
The master gardener manual suggests discarding anything with damaged labels or in damaged containers.
Try to buy only what you need so that you don't store toxic pesticides and herbicides in the first place, according to the manual.
You can safely dispose of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers at several household-hazardous-waste collection centers. For information, call 888-6947.
Do not pour these down a drain or where they can pollute the water supply, the manual says.
Horticulturists at Tucson Botanical Gardens suggest doing these tasks around the garden in February:
• Continue to watch for frosts and freezes that can damage sensitive plants.
• Prune dormant trees, but not spring-flowering plants.
• Fertilize flowering perennials such as irises and roses. Start fertilizing citrus around Valentine's Day.
• Pull weeds before they go to seed.
Contact Tucson freelance writer Elena Acoba at

Friday, January 25, 2013