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Desert Horticulture is as unique to horticulture as the desert to other environments. Growing plants in the desert is part science and part art. The science must be "tweeked" to grow plants successfully here. This podcast takes questions from listeners, and topic suggestions that are current, and discusses how to 'tweek" the science for Desert Horticulture.

Desert Horticulture is as unique to horticulture as the desert to other environments. Growing plants in the desert is part science and part art. The science must be "tweeked" to grow plants successfully here. This podcast takes questions from listeners, and topic suggestions that are current, and discusses how to 'tweek" the science for Desert Horticulture.
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Desert Horticulture is as unique to horticulture as the desert to other environments. Growing plants in the desert is part science and part art. The science must be "tweeked" to grow plants successfully here. This podcast takes questions from listeners, and topic suggestions that are current, and discusses how to 'tweek" the science for Desert Horticulture.

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@Xtremehort

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English

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Episodes

Fix Your Landscape

9/13/2019
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Landscapes designed and installed for the desert should be special in many different ways if we want it to provide comfort for outside activities and still save water and keep electric costs low during the summer months. Join me in this podcast that is a companion piece for my class of the same name offered in late October on Eventbrite. I will discuss the more important aspects of home landscapes intended for the desert from the design through plant selection and irrigation. Many things can...

Duration:00:31:26

Maintaining a Lawn in the Desert

9/3/2019
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Lawns are difficult to maintain in the desert. If you don't establish it the right way in the beginning it will be that much more difficult later. This episode describes the importance of irrigation for desert lawns and learning how to do it right, fertilizers to apply and when, mowing mistakes and how to correct them and the "green ops" of desert lawn care: aerification and dethatching.

Duration:00:30:14

Starting a Lawn in the Desert

9/3/2019
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Lawns are sometimes inferred to be the scourge the desert environment. But they are sometimes necessary. Learn when they should be considered, where they should be located, designed and installed as an integral part of a desert landscape.

Duration:00:33:58

Producing Tomatoes in the Fall

8/21/2019
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There are two ways to produce tomatoes in the Fall in the Mojave Desert; by shearing plants or planting seed in the summer. Both will work. Something I forgot to mention is to make sure your pruners or scissors for shearing tomato plants is sharp and sanitized. Listen to this podcast and learn how to do it. All this and more in todays Desert Horticulture podcast.

Duration:00:14:34

Why Fertilizers Aren't Working

8/14/2019
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This podcast is about the relationship between fertilizers and organics in desert soils. If the organics in a soil aren't enough, fertilizers don't work as well. There is also the danger of having too much organics in desert soils. Different plants perform best with the right amount of organics in the soil. Their overall health and reaction to applied fertilizers are best when the level of organics in the soil match the plants growing there. Learn this and more on todays Desert Horticulture.

Duration:00:39:07

Grasshopper Invasion, Cicada Killer Wasps are Short-lived, Whats Better than a Fruit Salad Tree?

8/7/2019
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In this episode of Desert Horticulture I discuss the grasshopper invasion in Las Vegas and how they differ from locust invasions, the Cicada Killer Wasps and what to do about them if anything, and fruit salad trees. Think twice before you buy one. All this and much more in this Desert Horticulture podcast.

Duration:00:18:04

Controlling Aphids in Landscape Trees, Using Drip Tubing to Irrigate Trees, Managing Shrubs that Don't Belong Here

8/7/2019
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This desert horticulture podcast discusses different methods of controlling aphids in landscape trees, using drip tubing instead of drip emitters for irrigating trees in the landscape and how to manage shrubs like Butterfly Bush that grow better in colder climates. Join me in this episode of desert horticulture.

Duration:00:35:14

How to Water Plants in the Desert

7/25/2019
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This episode is long overdue. I talk about how to irrigate so that you apply the right amount of water to the right depth and at the right time. Come join me in this important episode of Desert Horticulture.

Duration:00:37:52

Growing Tomatoes in the Desert

7/24/2019
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Growing tomatoes in the desert is not easy. Of all the vegetables in the tomato family (peppers, eggplant, potato) probably tomatoes are the most difficult. Listen to the podcast and get some pointers on growing tomatoes here if you are just starting out or moving to the desert from a wetter climate. See this printed on my blog, Xtremehorticulture of the Desert and the pictures I posted.

Duration:00:33:12

Leaffooted Plant Bug, Weed Control, Horsetail Control, Twisted Myrtles and Ants in Figs

7/18/2019
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This episode of Desert Horticulture announces the sight of the leaffooted plant bug, how to control weeds like sandbur and puncturevine without chemicals, precautions to take when planting horsetail or equisetum, problems that can develop if you have twisted myrtle and why ants are not a good idea around fig trees. All of this will be talked about and more on this episode of Desert Horticulture.

Duration:00:22:29

Importance of rotating your vegetables, leaf drop on apricot and bacterial leaf spot of tomato

7/18/2019
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Join me in this episode of Desert Horticulture where we explore why rotating vegetables is important even if you have one raised bed, different reasons why an apricot tree might drop its leaves and a disease of vegetables not seen to often in the desert, bacterial leaf spot. All this and more in this episode of Desert Horticulture.

Duration:00:26:18

Asparagus Failing, Dwarf Southern Magnolia Leaf Drop and Apricot Leaf Drop

7/11/2019
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Join me in this episode to learn why recently planted asparagus didn't survive, white dwarf Southern Magnolia dropped its leaves and an apricot that came out beautifully in the spring suddenly lost half of its leaves on one side of the tree. Explore these topics with me and more in this episode of Desert Horticulture.

Duration:00:23:25

Converting to a Mojave Desert Landscape, Planting Plants in Containers, Cactus Pad Propagation and Soil

7/10/2019
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This episode discusses the reality of converting a residential landscape to all Mojave Desert plants with no irrigation, success planting landscape plants in the ground still in their containers and starting new cacti from pads and the condition of the soil. These topics will be discussed in more in this episode of Desert Horticulture.

Duration:00:21:04

Pines as landscape trees, water droplets on grapes, transplanting cholla and wildflowers, protecting cactus from the sun, pollenizer for jujube.

7/10/2019
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Today's episode discusses pines as suitable landscape trees for the desert, water droplets that are appearing on grape leaves, how to transplant native chollas and wildflowers, why protect cacti from direct sunlight, and where to put a pollenizer tree for a contorted jujube. We will discuss these topics and more on today's Desert Horticulture.

Duration:00:26:23

Grape Leaf Skeletonizer, Birds, Yellow Bottlebrush and Importance of Shade

7/3/2019
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This late spring series of questions asks how to control grape skeletonizer and flea beetles, bird damage to grapes, whats causing yellow leaves on bottlebrush and what to do about it, and shade...is it bad or good in the desert? All this and more on these discussions about Desert Horticulture.

Duration:00:42:59

How to Perform a Jar Test of Your Landscape Soil

4/21/2019
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This podcast will explain what a jar test is and how to perform one on your landscape soil. This podcast can be reinforced by visiting my blog, Xtremehorticulture of the Desert. Using a jar test will give a name to your soil that's determined because of its texture, that is, it's percentages of sand, silt and clay. These percentages will help you understand how to irrigate plants growing in them as well is fertilize them.

Duration:00:26:14

Yellow plants, transplanting sago palm and transplanting rosemary into containers

4/21/2019
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Today I will be discussing why non-desert plants start to yellow in a few years after planting, some of the horrible pruning jobs done by landscapers and how it destroys these plants. I will also talk about transplanting Sago Palm, also called cycad, and whether to remove the fronds or not. Finally I'll be discussing how to properly transplant existing rosemary from the landscape into containers. Join me in today's Desert Horticulture.

Duration:00:34:08

Yellow leaves and fertilizers, saquaro black spot, pruning bougainvillea and fruit tree selection

4/21/2019
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Join me today as I talk about yellow leaves on fruit trees and why it may or may not be a fertilizer issue. A friend contacted me about a black spot developing on the surface of his saguaro and if he should be concerned. How to prune bougainvillea when it does survive the winter or when it doesn't. And where to get some of the fruit trees I recommend and what time of year you should do it. Join me as I talk about these topics and more on Desert Horticulture.

Duration:00:24:27

Selecting the Best Almond Tree

4/2/2019
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Growing almonds in the desert makes a lot of sense. Pistachios are another good choice but there's not as many to pick from. Selecting the best almond can be a little daunting but stick with the genetic dwarfs that are available. Join me in desert horticulture and find out which varieties are best and why.

Duration:00:15:03

Selecting the Best Apples and Pears

4/1/2019
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Apples and pears are best grown a bit out of the hot arid climate zone of the Southwest. But there are some varieties that have performed well. Join me in Desert Horticulture and find out which ones I found to be the best producers, both in levels of production and quality, in our hot desert climate. This episode includes Asian pears as well as desert pears.

Duration:00:22:40