Me in Suede Hat small for web  NEWS TIME   Winter 2020

Worm   Do You Have Worms ? ? ? 

During our cooler times of the year, worms are closer to the top of the soil, maybe even under the mulch and leaves.  In the summer when the soil is hot they dig down where it is moist and cooler and you may have to dig a little deeper to find them.  If you are over-watering, or if we have a lot of rain, they will wiggle up to the top of the soil for air so they don’t drown – but then, if the sun hits them they will die.  A nice shady cover of organic mulch on top of the soil will help the worms in many ways.

If you feed your worms they will stay in your soil and increase in numbers.  They like to eat tiny pieces of leaves, compost, used coffee grounds and chopped up veggies; they don’t have teeth.

BTW – The food you feed your worms isn’t really touched by them for at least several days.  How long depends on how quickly microbes can begin to decompose it and make it ready for worms to eat.

A Good Place to  Visit

I hope you will come over to see the garden or come over if you need to ask a question or buy some plants or supplies like really good soil, mulch, etc., and seeds for fall, winter, and spring.  Or just need encouragement or reinforcement that it is really easy to grow in the desert if you just make a few simple changes and forget trying to do it as you did it before.  Remember, that doesn’t work.

Please bring a credit card or something smaller than a $20 bill if you can.  Also, I need pots, big pots like 1-gallon to 15-gallon sizes.  I will recycle them for you.  Please don’t throw them out.

House country cottage  STAY AT THE


It is now possible to stay at The Sweet Tomato Test Garden as a guest in either my Guest House or my large Guest Suite (Mother-in-Law quarters).  Both have a private exterior entrance and keypad door lock so you can come and go without disturbing me.  Both have a private bathroom, microwave, fridge, queen size bed with fabulous mattresses and I can bring in a twin bed for a 3rd adult or your child.  Think of The Sweet Tomato Test Garden as a place to stay instead of an expensive hotel on your next visit to Las Vegas.  I am on the northwest side of town, 20 minutes off the strip, a short Uber/Lyft ride away.  Contact me by phone or text to 702-472-3258 for information and/or to book your reservation.

Click here to view the guest suite Click here to view the Guest House.

Please don’t forget to start a few veggie seeds weekly for your garden.   Remember that the Transplanting Guide in the back of my book is talking about when to transplant veggie plants outside and not starting the seeds; the seeds are started 6-8 weeks before transplanting and are started indoors and grown under grow lights.  You can do this.  Children do it, it’s not difficult.


Winter hours for The Sweet Tomato Test Garden –  Open Mon. – Sat.  10 to 5.  Other hours by appointment. Please call first – sometimes I go to the post office.

Sunday by appointment only.