Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Heated Up - Simple Might Be Better

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Better Dirt Than Dead!
  • Marylee, The Potted Desert
  • Better Dirt Than Dead!

Sometimes we decide to just give up the ghost when gardening in the sauna heat of the desert monsoon season. But do we really want to be greeted by a dead pot every time we come home this summer? If you were to look at this first picture every time you enter your driveway or front door, how would that make you feel? Even an empty pot with groomed soil is better in my mind than one with dead plants. They just say to us that we have more work to do. When we are struggling with the heat, who wants more work, especially outdoors?

We have a few options when contemplating these dead plants. Choose one of these and feel free to let me know which you decided to do with your dead potted plants!

Limited Work Options:
1. Clean out the dead plants and make the soil look neat and tidy.

Vinca Survive the Heat AND the Monsoons!
  • Marylee, The Potted Desert
  • Vinca Survive the Heat AND the Monsoons!

2. Plant an easy care summer flower that will love the heat — such as the vinca in the picture below. They will fill in nicely with a minimum amount of work. They do need daily water though!

3. Plant your favorite sun loving succulent or cactus. Pay attention to any cacti with thorns if you have low stature pets or kids!

Cactus are a Sure Thing!
  • Marylee, The Potted Desert
  • Cactus are a Sure Thing!

Enjoy living potted plants while we dream about the fall season.

Marylee is the Desert’s Potted Garden Expert. Email her with comments and questions.

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