Shows & Events
Great Perennial Divide
The Fall Festival on October 23 in Phoenix features a popular plant exchange. Divide your extra plants and swap them for something new. There also are plants and seeds for sale, garden vendors, talks by master gardeners, plant activities for kids, and a giant rummage sale. The free event will be held at Metro Tech Vocational High, 1900 W. Thomas Road, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's sponsored by the Maricopa County Master Gardener program and students in the Horticulture Therapy program/greenhouse at Metro Tech. For more info, call (602) 470-8086.
Clever Gardening Technique
Corral Invasive Mint
Mint is a wonderful, fragrant herb but it spreads rampantly by underground runners. To control its growth, cut the bottom off a 5- or 15-gallon, plastic nursery pot. Sink it into the ground so the top is level with the ground. Fill with potting soil and plant the mint in the center. The sides of the pot control the runners from spreading. The bottomless pot promotes good drainage and prevents root rot.