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Southwest: May Garden To-Do List | Regional Report

European fan palm (Chamaerops humilis, Zones 9-11). Photo: Tangopaso via Wikimedia Commons

Branch out! It’s not too late to plant palms, since they love the heat. Just make sure you start fertilizing them in May and continue to fertilize monthly through September.

Golden barrel cactus. Photo: Laurel Startzel

Add some golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii, Zones 9–11) to your landscape. They are extremely hardy, down to 15°F, and those beautiful spines protect them from the harsh desert sun.

Photo: Laurel Startzel

Keep your containers watered. This month, as the weather gets hotter, it’s time to pay extra attention to the amount of water your potted plants need.

Sheila Schultz and Laurel Startzel are a mother-daughter duo who founded Denver Dirty Girls Container Gardening while living in Denver, Colorado and have continued their business since moving to Tucson, Arizona.

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