Author: desertgreenhouseguide

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Thyme

Thymus vulgaris Also know as Common Thyme and Garden Thyme, it is a small, aromatic shrub that is evergreen.  Thyme is commonly used as an herb for cooking.  The photo is the cultivar, English Thyme. Classification: Perennial Height: 12-18 inches Sow: Early Spring or may sow in Autumn in a greenhouse Prefers full light. Prefers […]

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Garlic

Allium sativum Typically, I advise against planting garlic in the greenhouse unless you have a love of garlic and have extra room in your space.  Yet, somehow I found myself planting it anyway! A recent trip to the refrigerator yielded two garlic cloves that started to sprout in the little bin at the top of […]

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Sedum

Sedums are a genus of plants incorporating around 400 different species of plants.  These plants are succulents and are known for being tough little plants.  They are very popular for use in green roofs for that reason. A green roof is essentially a garden covering a roof to reclaim water and provide cooling, insulating properties […]

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Hens & Chicks

Sempervivum Hens and Chicks is a common name for a large group of succulents called Sempervivum. These are some tough little plants that thrive best in well draining, rocky soils. I grow mine along the edge of my dry river bed. Depending on the variety, they can grow in hardiness zones 6 to 11, but a […]

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Golden Barrel Cactus

Echinocactus grusonii The Golden Barrel Cactus is a well known cactus and is easily spotted in the lanscape. It is native to central Mexico and despite being highly cultivated, it is endangered in the wild. In warm climates it is easy to cultivate. Classification: Perennial Height: 2-3 feet Sow: Fall Light: Full sun Bloom: Yellow […]

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California Poppy

Eschscholzia californica California Poppy is native to the western United States.  The flowers are four petals, each petal up to two inches long. California poppy will generally flower in temperatures over eighty degrees. The plant is considered invasive. Classification: Annual, may reseed itself. Height: 15 inches Sow: Fall (where winters are mild) or Early Spring, […]

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Sweet Violet

Viola odorata Sweet violet is European native, and has been introduced and naturalized into the United States.  The flowers are either purple/violet or white in color and are quite fragrant. May be considered invasive.  Readily reseeds if not deadheaded. Classification: Perennial Height: 6-12 inches Sow: Fall or in the Spring after the last frost Light: Full sun to partial […]

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Amaryllis Bulbs

The amaryllis bulbs that are popular holiday gifts are actually from the genus Hippeastrum.  They are tropical and subtropical plants that do quite well in the greenhouse if kept in the cooler areas.  I keep mine in the shade of one of the benches where it happily bloomed in the indirect sunlight. The bulb itself […]

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Necta Zee Nectarine Tree

Prunus persica nucipersica This nectarine tree flowers in the mid-spring with pink blossoms and produces large red skinned fruit. Nectarine fruit is best when ripened on the tree.  Pick while the fruit are on the firmer side.  Necta Zee generally fruits mid-summer. I visited the Springs Preserve when it first opened and was very excited […]

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Tomatoes: Growing Greenhouse Tomatoes

Using your greenhouse to grow tomatoes is both challenging and rewarding.  Imagine going out to the greenhouse when the wind is cold and blustery to find a perfectly ripe tomato! Growing tomatoes in the greenhouse is similar to growing tomatoes outside, just with a few extra considerations. Containers: Growing plants in containers means different water requirements […]