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Still time to plant in Yuma
Yuma Home and Garden Show
All Garden Clubs will have items/plants for sale
Jan. 13-15, Friday - Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Yuma Civic Center
Federated Garden Clubs of Yuma Seminars
Jan. 14, Yuma Home and Garden Show, Yuma Civic Center
• 10 a.m. “Yuma Agriculture and You,” Dr. Kurt Nolte, U of A Coop. Ext.
• 11 a.m. “Utilizing Desert Trees in Your Landscape,” Dr. Ed Mulrean, marketing director for Arid Zone Trees
• 12:30 p.m. “Landscape Design on Your Budget,” Duane Ramsey, Design West
• 2 p.m. “Cactus 101,” Cal Kelley, AFGC dist. director, president Yuma Garden Club
Desert Gardening Presentation
Yuma Main Library
Jan. 26, Saturday, 4 p.m.
“Soil Amendment and Improvement”
Speaker: Fred Duncan, Yuma County Master Gardener
Yuma has four great garden clubs. You can join one or all, depending upon your time and interests.
Visitors are always welcome. Here's information on club meetings:
Yuma Orchid Society
Meets the second Thursday of each month, 10 a.m. (Jan. 12), Foothills Branch, Yuma Co. Library
MGM Garden Club
Meets every Tuesday morning at the Moody Demonstration Garden, 2200 W. 28th St. off of Ave. B. The club maintains the plants in the Moody Garden
• 2012 calendars are for sale, $12.50, which show various desert flowers. Contact Stacey Bealmear at the Cooperative Extension Office, 726-3904.
• “A Timeline History of the Moody Garden,” written by Ellen Gardner, is on sale for $35. It has photos and text describing the entire history of creating the Moody Garden. Funds from sales of both the calendar and the book will help maintain the garden and would make great gifts. Contact Stacey Bealmear, 726-3904.
Pecan Grove Garden Club
Meets the third Tuesday of each month (Jan. 17), 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Room A, 2951 S. 21st Drive off of Ave. B
Program: “Backyard Stone Fruit, Everything Not Citrus, Varieties That Grow in Yuma's Yards,” Speaker – Dr. Kurt Nolte, U of A Cooperative Extension
Open House – Drawing for free fruit tree
• Rustic birdhouses are for sale, $25. Contact Sharon Jessup, 782-1650. Funds go toward community service projects.
Yuma Garden Club
Meets the second Monday of each month (Jan. 9), 1 p.m., Main Library, Room C, 2951 21st Drive off of Avenue. B
Program: “Hot Gardens: Landscape Designs for the Desert Southwest”
Speaker: Scott Calhoun writes a monthly gardening column for Southwest Magazine and is an award-winning author of six gardening books. See zonagardens.com for more information,
• “Desert Jewels,” a member-created cookbook with a planting schedule for Yuma, $15. Sold at each meeting or contact President Cal Kelley (581-3981). Also sold at the Yuma Historical Society Gift Shop. Funds go toward community service projects.
• Athletic shoes are collected from Hospice of Yuma Thrift Store and sent to the Nike recycling center to be made into sports and playground surfaces.
Go to fgcyuma.org and click on the club you wish to learn more about at the top of the page. Their schedule of programs for the year, community activities, and membership information are listed for each of the four clubs.
Go to yumasun.com, click on “life” in the top blue section to find the current Desert Gardener article; others are in the archives. Often, more pictures are posted with the online article.
Even though cooler temperatures have arrived, you still have time to plant.
Yuma is USDA Zone 10.
*Annuals — Plant transplants for petunias, hollyhocks, snapdragons, calendulas, alyssum, pansies. Sow seeds for African daisy, alyssum, bachelor button, calendula, California poppy, clarkia, lupine, delphinium, baby's breath, hollyhock, larkspur, nasturtium, sweet pea. Sow wild flower seeds.
*Perennials — Plant brittlebush, penstemon, chuparosa, Mexican honeysuckle, bee balm, desert marigold, carnation, English daisy, globe mallow, yarrow, Shasta daisy, geranium, gazania, daylilies, and agapanthus.
*Vegetables — Continue to plant vegetables from seed. Sow seeds for beets, cucumbers, peas, collard greens, mustard greens, green onions, carrots, radishes, spinach, turnips and watermelons. For an early start for tomatoes begin seeds in pots indoors. Set out transplants for asparagus, globe artichokes, cabbage, cauliflower, head lettuce.
*Herbs — Plant thyme, mint, basil, parsley, and lavender throughout your garden to help repel unwanted insects. Plant borage, caraway, chervil, cilantro, dill, fennel, lemon balm.
*Bulbs — Plant spring-flowering bulbs, such as narcissus, gladiolus, and ranunculus first part of January. Plant pre-chilled tulip and hyacinth bulbs.
*Citrus — Plant citrus trees. Fertilize established citrus at drip line of canopy.
*Hummingbird Plants — Plant aloe, chuparosa, desert willow tree, fairy duster, flame honeysuckle, orange bells, yellow bells, penstemon and red yucca.
*Trees/shrubs — Plant deciduous fruit trees with less than 400 chilling hours required (number of hours 32-60 degrees while trees are dormant). Plant grapes and shrubs (acacias, desert spoon, fairy duster, mesquite, oleander, palo verde, Texas ranger). Fertilize established deciduous fruit trees with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Aleppo pine, Afghan pine, Italian Stone pine, Arizona cypress and Mondell pine can be planted. Plant Desert Barberry for an evergreen shrub. Don't prune deciduous fruit trees or grape vines until all leaves have dropped and plants have gone dormant.
*Roses — If leaves are yellow, add an iron supplement. Plant container roses and bare-root roses. Cut off spent blooms to encourage blooming. Prune roses middle of January. Remove 1/2-2/3 the length of canes. Remove dead wood and crossed canes.
Scott Calhoun, owner of Zona Gardens in Tucson, has combined creative outdoor spaces with natural landscaping to turn lawns into living spaces for entertaining and relaxing. He uses a combination of rustic and modern elements to bring a sense of fun and creativity to each landscape he designs. Scott is a proponent of rain harvesting and uses metal culverts as rain barrels to collect water for irrigating.
“Last year, I collected 1,000 gallons of rainwater off my roof,” Calhoun said. “I prefer native plants adapted to the Southwest desert to eliminate as much watering as possible. We have so many beautiful native plants to choose from, but my personal favorite is Parry's Penstemon. Its coral flowers add nice color to a garden and attract birds and butterflies.”
Calhoun designs spaces which encourage home owners to live outdoors and enjoy our many days of gorgeous weather here in the Southwest.
He has written many books on desert landscaping and has just published his sixth book, “The Gardener's Guide to Cactus: The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns, and Globes.”
Calhoun will be speaking at the Yuma Garden Club on Jan. 9, 1:00 p.m., at the Main Library.
Karen Bowen is a master gardener and member of Yuma Garden Club. She can be reached at email@example.com. This column is sponsored by the Federated Garden Clubs of Yuma.
Wishing all our gardening friends a happy New Year!