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Planting Tomatoes’ Best Friends in the Garden

There are plants that work well together and plants that should be kept apart. Matching the two groups into a garden plan is often difficult, especially in small spaces. Companion planting tomatoes is relatively easy. Companion planting is part experience, part folklore and part wishful thinking. Native Americans were among the first to use companion […]

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Large Raptors to Descend on Watters Garden Center

With razor sharp hooked beaks, powerful grasping talons, and wingspans that can be more than 5 feet, Arizona’s birds of prey are magnificent to watch and essential to our native environment. Watters Garden Center is partnering with Arizona’s Raptor Experience in Chino Valley to teach local gardeners about birds in the landscape. Saturday, March 4, […]

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Picture Perfect Pottery for Container Gardens

The creativity of container gardens can add punches of color, elegance and drama to our gardens. As with statuary and garden art, they are the accent pieces in gardens, drawing the eye and saying, “Look how beautiful it is here!” Because the plants grow quickly, the constant morphing makes boredom a non-issue! The key to […]

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July Recognizes Healthy Benefit of Blueberries

July is National Blueberry Month. It’s a great time to celebrate this super fruit! Plant blueberries in your garden and you can pick fresh blueberries for all your summer entertaining. Nothing impresses friends, grandkids and relatives more than the ability to pick fruit fresh off the bush, and they are oh-so-easy to grow outside in […]

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Kill that Lawn, Grow Food

When Lisa and I where just married and struggling to keep fresh food on our table, a saint of a neighbor came to our rescue. Harry lived across the street, and his entire backyard was filled with produce-growing plants. His passion was vegetables and he purposely grew extra to share with family, neighbors, and the […]

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Tomatoes that Melt in Your Mouth This Spring

In fear that a late frost would damage young plants, I have been holding back planting my first crop of summer vegetables. Well, the gardener within has been holding back long enough! With daytime temperatures well into the 70s and the evenings approaching 50 degrees I have planted my garden’s first wave of vegetables and […]

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Ladybugs – Do they Really Work in the Garden?

There are many reasons to love ladybugs. This little red beetle started as a legend during the middle ages. European farmers, about 1000 C.E., struggled with insects that would eat and destroy their crops. At the first sign of crop damage, farmers would pray to “Our Lady the Virgin Mary” for help. The little bugs […]

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Should You Plant a Fruit Tree?

You used to need a lot of land to grow fruit trees. Most standard-sized fruit trees mature at a height and width of between 18-25 feet. Not only do trees of this size require a big chunk of your garden, they are too tall to prune and spray without a ladder. Dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit […]

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