Local Artist Spotlight: Reach Beyond LLC

Dig It is proud to support local artisans and businesses in every way we can! We are proud to highlight local businesses that create product we are proud to carry right here at Dig It. Today we will be talking about Reach Beyond!

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Reach Beyond is an Arizona-based company committed to the envision of creating products to employ and empower people of all abilities. We carry each of their six plant bag designs. Their bags are specifically designed to employ adults with disabilities who need a more structured work environment.  All stamps and designs are carefully selected to provide job opportunities for a variety of artisan skills.  Imperfections in stamping and fabric only add to the unique character of this product! They are the perfect option for those looking to change the appearance of a plant, without having to repot - as you simply slip the bag over the existing pottery. Reach Beyond also creates tea towels, wine totes, and zip bags - with new sizes releasing soon! We are proud to partner with Reach Beyond and support their mission to create new job opportunities for people with disabilities.

To learn more about Reach Beyond, click here to visit their website and here to follow them on Instagram.


An Interview with Trish Delleva, @TeaPlnt

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Today we are speaking to Trish Delleva, otherwise known on Instagram as @Teaplnt! She is an avid member of the Phoenix plant community.

Name, Age?

My name is Trish Delleva and I am 21 years old.

Where in Arizona are you located?

I am located in Surprise, Arizona. Exploring the Arizonan landscape led to a deeper curiosity for plants.

What is your occupation?

I am a freelance photographer currently attending Estrella Mountain Community College. I will be attending NAU next semester as a biological ecological major. Plants are often present in the pictures that I take.

What started your interest in plants?

Before moving to the US from the Philippines, my Father collected and sold plants. This cultivated my interest in plants from a very early age. I am currently obsessing over aroids and caudex plants.

How would you describe your plant collection status?

My bedroom is completely full of plants, and I have various plants in other spots around my house. I estimate I own around 65+ plants.

What about plants intrigues you?

Watching a plant grow from a tiny cutting, learning about their practical applications, learning about the numerous varieties of plants and their origins.

What inspired you to create a #plantstagram?

I initially did not intend to make a plant themed Instagram, but two years ago I went home to the Philippines and took a picture with my “tito’s” tillandsia (which he crossbred) which was so large - nearly the size of my torso! I received a lot of attention from this post, so I decided to showcase my personal collection also.

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How has the Phoenix plant community shaped your collection?

I’ve done trades with other members of the Phoenix plant community, been inspired by other people’s plant collections, and been a customer at many local shops to expand my collection.

Are there any upcoming projects you want to tell us about?

I am helping @theleaflet_ with a plant swap in October.

Is there anything else you wanted to share?

I am honored to be recognized as a plant collector in Arizona, as well as a member of the plant community. Thank you for considering me for this interview.

We wanted to take the time to thank Trish for being interviewed! Be sure to follow her on Instagram at @Teaplnt.


The Girl Scouts' Little Free Library

Here at Dig It, we love to give back to our community. There are so many causes that are important to each member of our team, the Girl Scouts being one! This Summer, Troop 2751 reached out to Dig It to see if we would be interested in hosting their Little Free Library inside our store. Of course -  we said yes! We wanted to take the time to explain what a Little Free Library is, and how you can utilize it.

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Little Free Library is a nonprofit that works to inspire a love for reading throughout communities and neighborhoods. It is a book exchange program, with millions exchanged each year. Each library is built by members of the local community and installed in a number of public locations. Most are maintained by the community, in an effort to increase literacy and ongoing education. Girl Scouts across the country have built and installed hundreds of Little Libraries to improve their communities. These libraries are used as a successful. sustainable and powerful tool to ensure access to books to people of all ages for years to come. Not only this, but Little Free Library helps each Girl Scout learn useful skills as they build, install, and maintain the library.

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Troop 2751 wanted to especially inspire children to garden through fun books of all ages. If you would like to participate in Troop 2751’s Little Library, all you need to do is leave a book to take a book! Some may choose to donate more than they take, and some aren’t able to leave one when they take - this is 100% okay. All we ask is to be mindful of our community. If you aren’t able to make it into Dig It, not to worry! Click here to view the library locator to find a little library near you. 


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Grow Your Own Series: Salsa!

We've learned all about growing our own pizza ingredients using windowsill gardens, cocktail toppings with a raised garden bed, and today it's all about... SALSA! Our Southwestern climate makes for the perfect environment to grow jalapeños, cilantro, tomatillos, tomatoes, scallions, and more.  As you may have began to notice, there is never a right or wrong way to garden. Gardening is one of the most fulfilling creative outlets - especially when you get salsa at the end of it! All said, today we will be focusing on vertical gardening: what it is and how you can grow ingredient using this method.

If you're low on space, vertical gardening is a great option. All you need is blank wall or a bare fence! Not only does it add dimension to your balcony or backyard, but it saves valuable room. Today, we will be focusing on traditional vertical trellis gardening. This said, if you are looking for advice or feedback for a special project you are working on, feel free to stop by Dig It and we would love to help! 

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Trellis gardening has many benefits. Not only are you able to keep your fruit clean and away from critters, but it makes harvesting a breeze. Tomatoes, tomatillos, and jalapeños are great plants to grow on a trellis.  To begin, you will need a pre-built garden trellis, wire panel, or even a garden cage. As always, you are able to begin the plant by seed, seedling, or mature plant. As the plant grows, you simply will use rope or twine to gently secure the vines of the plant to the trellis. Over time, the plant will be trained to grow upward (instead of out) and will create a spectacular vertical garden for you to enjoy! As we recommend vining varieties for this type of vertical garden, you will want to use another option to grow the other ingredients - such as cilantro and scallions - in. The options are truly endless! All said and done, similar to windowsill herb gardening, be sure you are only trimming small portions of the plants off when using them in recipes, and they will continue to grow, grow, grow! 

Thank you for tuning in to our three-part series about growing your own food using three different gardening methods. If you have more questions about herb and vegetable gardening, be sure to click here to register for our September 29th Fall Herb and Vegetable Gardening Class


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Grow Your Own Cocktails with Greenie's Garden!

Meet Brandon and Alyssa, a husband and wife team based out of San Tan Valley - right here in Arizona! This dynamic duo runs Greenie's Garden. We thought what better way to transition into part two of our "Grow Your Own" series than with an interview! 

As you will learn, Greenie's Garden offers many garden services, including raised garden beds. Raised garden beds are a great option for those looking to grow cocktail ingredients and garnishes such as rosemary, thyme, basil, and other herbs. Raised garden beds are perfect for those who have a hard time leaning over to take care of your plants, and also protect your crops from critters. Dig It Gardens will begin selling Greenie's Garden beginning October 1st, which includes install and delivery. Now for the interview!

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Name? Where in Arizona are you located? We are Brandon & Alyssa, a husband and wife team based out of San Tan Valley, AZ.

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How does your environment shape your lifestyle and your occupation? Because we live so far outside city limits, we deal with colder winters that makes our hobby a little more of a challenge, but that is part of the reason why we love growing all the different plants that we have. We are all fortunate to live in Arizona, where we can garden year-round, so we are able to appreciate both the extreme heat and extreme cold that we experience!

What is your occupation? Although we started our adult lives off in an office, we gratefully now call ourselves gardeners! We help people grow their own food, whether that's a fruit tree in the ground or veggies and herbs in a raised garden box.

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What was the inspiration behind starting Greenie's Garden? We initially started a YouTube channel called Greenie's Garden, named after our dog Greenie, so that we could share the development of our backyard food forest with friends and family that lived out of town. We loved every minute we got to spend outside, so one day we left our corporate jobs so that we could garden full-time! We are passionate about our yard and want to share our love of gardening with our community. We offer yard advice, tree planting and tree feeding services. We also build raised garden boxes, and deliver and fill them all over the Phoenix valley. We understand what it's like to be new to gardening, and we want to alleviate any initial concerns many people have when they first start out.

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Any upcoming projects for Greenie's Garden? We have been so fortunate to team up with several schools in the valley! We feel that we lacked a connection to our food and to gardening in our own childhoods, so it is a really exciting opportunity to get to share our passion for plants with the future gardeners of Arizona. Nothing feels quite as gratifying as hearing a kid explain an aspect of gardening to their parent or teacher, and we hope that gardening becomes a positive experience for every student that we get to work with.

What is your relationship with plants?  We all know that plants provide us with oxygen, food, medicine, and a million other necessities. But our personal relationships with plants goes much deeper. We have planted several hundred trees, shrubs, and vines in our backyard, and the interconnectedness between all those living organisms takes us out of our daily troubles and truly brings us peace. We have brought plants inside our home, too, because that feeling of tranquility should exist everywhere, not just outside. 

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Is there anything else you wanted to share? We are all about love, respect, and positive vibes! To join the Green Army and be a part of our journey, or to gain some gardening inspiration or tips, you can check us out on YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook.

We wanted to thank Brandon and Alyssa for taking the time to be interviewed! Be sure to give them a follow, and check out all their amazing projects. If you would like to learn more about gardening this fall, be sure to register for our Herb and Vegetable Class on September 29th! As spots are limited, be sure to reserve your ticket before all the seats are filled! 


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Grow Your Own Pizza!


Mamma mia! Can you believe fall is already around the corner? With temperatures almost out of the 100º's, the season for growing herbs and veggies is nearly upon us. Hoorah! Not only are we lucky to be able to grow our gardens well into the fall, but the great weather also gives us a reason to host friends and family over for dinner. And what's better than growing your own food? Sharing it with friends! To celebrate the end of summer, we have a three-part 'Grow Your Own' series coming your way. Each post will highlight a new way to grow your own food. First up - growing pizza toppings in a windowsill herb garden! 


Windowsill herb gardens are perfect for beginners and experts alike, with a little room to spare. They are a perfect low-maintenance option and are great for chefs looking to add fresh herbs to any recipe. Be sure your windowsill is receiving an ample amount of light, as this is vital to the growing process. If you live in a home that doesn’t receive much light - not to worry. This is a common problem Phoenicians face, as many of our homes are designed to reduce the amount of sunlight that peeks inside (so it doesn’t feel like we’re melting all the time). We will cover how grow lights can help you overcome this problem in an upcoming blog post, so stay tuned.


For your windowsill garden, we recommend annual herbs such as oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme. By only trimming pieces off here and there for your recipes, the plant will be able to refill and grow back those spaces much quicker than if you chopped off the entire plant. For this project, we recommend having each of your herbs individually potted in containers that fit in your windowsill. This will allow you to give each plant the specialized care it needs. We also recommend using containers with drainage holes, and placing a waterproof saucer below the plant. You have a few options in terms of starting your garden. For planting, we recommend using our potting mix, and placing an inch or so of perlite at the bottom of each container to ensure proper drainage. From there, you can pot your plant and give it a good soak. You can choose to plant a seedling, seed, or full-grown plant in your garden. Just keep in mind that seeds and seedlings will take much longer for the initial “harvest”, where-as with a full-grown plant you will be able to enjoy it right away!

There are a seemingly endless amount of toppings one can place on top of a great slice of pizza (the controversial pineapple included) and - similar to pizza toppings - there are so many different ways to grow your own food. Stay tuned for Part 2 and 3 to learn more ways to "Grow Your Own"  cocktails and salsa. If you would like to learn all about herb and vegetable gardening this season, click here to register for our September 29th class. To keep up to date with all things Dig It, be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram for event updates, sales, and more.



Air Plants 101

Air Plants. We love 'em! We often get asked what they are and how does one take care of them in our dry, Phoenician climate? 

Known as Tillandsia by the pros, Air Plants are native to the Southern United States, Central and South America, and the West Indies. These living plants thrive in a wide variety of environments and are unique because their roots anchor themselves to other objects (botanists call this kind of plant an epiphyte). They gather water and nutrients through structures in their leaves called Trichomes, hence living off the "air." 

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Air Plants are simple to care for, but it is important to know what they need. Here is a quick cheat sheet to guarantee they will survive and thrive!

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In the wild, most Air Plants live under the canopy of other plants. This means they prefer as much filtered sunlight as they can get. We recommend keeping them indoors close to a window, or grow light, to ensure they receive enough light. 


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Due to our dry climate, we prefer to soak our Air Plants instead of mist. For broad and thick leaved varieties, we recommend a one hour soak once a week. For thin and delicate leaved plants, we recommend soaking your plant three times a week for one hour. If you decide to mist your plants instead of soak, ensure you are heavily misting to ensure the plant has absorbed ample moisture.


The majority of Air Plants only bloom once in their lifetime. Once the plant blooms, the mother plant tends to fade off - as all of its energy is focused into producing pups and/or offsets. Pups begin to appear at the base of the plant and look much like new leaves at first. Once the pups are one-third the size of the mother plant, they can be plucked off and survive on their own.


We recommend to fertilize your Air Plant with our Dig It Orchid & Air Plant food once a month, at a rate of ¼ teaspoon per gallon.

With the right conditions, your Air Plants are sure to not only survive - but thrive! Want to learn more about Air Plants? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to also let us know any other plant questions you have for our next blog post. To keep up to date with all things Dig It, be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram for event updates, sales, and more!


Gardening With Kids

This summer, we partnered with Changing Hands Bookstore for a fun, free series all about children's gardening. Together we learned why bees are good and where butterflies come from. If you weren't able to make it this summer, not to worry - we are here to help your family begin a new gardening journey this Fall!


There are so many ways to teach your children about gardening, while promoting responsibility and creativity. One way is through a garden bed, just for your kiddo! Raised garden beds are low-maintenance and can be built with any height in mind. These beds are great for fast-growing varieties such as Snap Peas, Sunflowers, Radishes, and Cherry Tomatoes. The best part? Your kids can paint the sides of the wooden beds to make it their very own! Another fun, and popular, option for kids are our air plants. Air plants are perfect bedside plants that don't create a mess, and only need to take a "bath" once a week for about 10 minutes. We tend to ask kids what they're "naming" their air plant because naming plants can help remind them to take care of their new plant friend! 

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"But why should my kids garden?" Why not! A study by Michigan State University links gardening to increased development in children. By helping around the garden, your child is practicing locomotor skills, fine motor skills, balance, and so much more - simply by carrying tools, soil, and water! The fresh air and sensory stimulation in a garden is also a great way to teach colors, shapes, and sizes. Kids are also more willing to eat fruits and veggies if they helped grow it! For older kids, it can be fun to create a map of where you planted seeds. By asking open-ended questions about what your kids think they should do in their garden, you are helping their cognitive development as well. Not only is gardening a great learning tool, but it's a great way to create bonds and memories for your family.

Learning about plants doesn't have to start and end in the garden, there are number of great books you can read at bedtime as well. Stop by Changing Hands to find the perfect gardening book for your family to read together. Here are a few of our favorites!

  • A Butterfly is Kind by Dianna Aston
  • Garden to Table by Katherine Hengel
  • Gardening Lab for Kids by Renata Brown
  • Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton
  • Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
  • Lola Plants A Garden by Anna McQuinn

Our final class - "How Food Comes From Dirt" - will be held this weekend, August 19th, from 10AM to 11AM at Dig It. Hope to see you there!

21st Century Victory Gardens

National Honeybee Day is on August 18th - just a week away! To celebrate, we are continuing the conversation from #NationalPollinatorsWeek (June 18th to 24th) and focusing on how we can help keep Phoenix’s bees happy and healthy. Although we live in a desert climate, Arizona is home to one of the largest and most diverse bee populations - largely due to the vast variety of climates our great state offers (think: Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, Tucson, and beyond). With Maricopa County being the fastest-growing county in the nation, it is up to us to incorporate native plants into new buildings as we continue to expand. But how?

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Victory Gardens started in the 20th Century as part of the WWI and WWII war efforts. In fact, by 1944 nearly 20 million Victory Gardens were producing 40% of fresh fruits and veggies at the time (8 million tons)! But what does this have to do with the bees? Instead of gardening in support of war efforts we are bringing back Victory Gardens to fight climate change - one of the most important issues of our generation. CO2 levels have risen above 400ppm and there is an urgent need to sequester carbon and bring that number to the pre-industrial level of 350ppm. The US population in the 1940s was approximately 132 million, and the current population is well over 326 million. If we are able to replicate the level of scale the original Victory Gardens had, we could create over 40 million climate change gardens.

Modern Victory Gardens are all about helping our climate and our pollinators. This means it is especially important to cater to our desert climate when creating a Victory Gardens. Here are a few outdoor plants that are great for our native environment:

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  • Desert Milkweed
  • Desert Senna
  • Baja Fairy Duster
  • Passion Vine
  • Bloodflower Milkweed
  • Citrus Trees
  • Wolfberry
  • Red Bird of Paradise
  • Tithonia Sunflower
  • Lantana
  • Sky Flower
  • Desert Lavender
  • Sunflowers
  • Queen's Wreath


 Start fighting climate change today! By fostering our native climate you are rebuilding the health of our soil, increasing the amount of carbon our ground can hold, building stronger root systems to decrease flooding and runoff during monsoon season, and of course - helping our bee population. These small actions create a BIG difference. Register your Climate Change Victory Garden here, and let us know how YOU are helping the bees in the comments BEE-low!

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Plants In The Classroom

In an effort to make schools safer, construction has been done to reduce the number of windows in Arizona schools. Studies have proven time and time again that windows can increase grades in a classroom - but if we can't create more windows, what do we do? We bring the outdoors inside!


Having indoor plants inside classrooms creates a positive effect of students without them ever knowing. Houseplants bring oxygen into the air, increase attention spans, and make sure that after-lunch slump goes away in no time. Houseplants have also been proven to increase mood, memory, and immune systems (that means less sick days). In fact, houseplants increase humidity - meaning they collect dust. Studies have proven this effect to relieve sore throats and coughing up to 30%. The University of Michigan found a 20% increase in the information retention ability of students who had a plant near them, and The Royal College of Agriculture, Cirencester, UK, found attentiveness to increase up to 70% when plants are in a classroom.

Plants are great at attracting dust, as we mentioned, and these same properties work as noise cancellers as well! That means your child will be able to focus more on their teacher than on a chair scooting on the floor, pencils being sharpened, or whispering across the room. So, as you’re going back to school shopping and begin to collect markers, crayons, and pencils, consider donating a houseplant or two to your child’s teacher. It’s the gift that keeps growing - and giving!

Pilates, Planks, and Plants: What Do They Have In Common?


We are excited to be partnering with Studio Verve to showcase the benefits of having plants in your gym! Opened in 2010, they offer group and private reformer Pilates sessions, TRX suspension training, and Nourish Nutrition programs. They've also done a great job at incorporating their green philosophy into each part of their business and are based 10 minutes away from Dig It in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix (on 32nd and Indian School). They love to support other locally owned businesses and are members of Local First Arizona! In addition, they are a recognized Green Business with the City of Phoenix

Having a variety of plants in our studio contributes to our serene environment and creates added benefits that you might not realize. From air purification to noise reduction, we strategically place plants to help our clients feel their best in the studio. In addition, we diffuse a variety of essential oils like peppermint and eucalyptus that can help boost energy and mood as well as contribute to better focus during a workout.
— Chelsea Smith of Studio Verve

So, when it comes to gyms, plants should be seen as vital to the end-user as a treadmill or pair of weights would be. But why? 

We know regular workouts decrease depression, stress, and anxiety while boosting your mood. But, plants are also known to reduce anxiety by 37%, depression by 58%, and fatigue by 38% according to a study by the NGIA. By having one plant per three people you are creating an environment that naturally absorbs background noise and toxins - both of which lead to headaches, drowsiness, and general achiness. Plants have also been linked to increased concentration, recovery times, and better immune systems. This means quicker results, shorter recovery times, and high motivation levels.

We want to send a huge thank you to Studio Verve for partnering with us. They are offering readers a free intro session at their studio, with code "DigPilates"! To learn more about all they do, check out their website, Instagram, and Facebook. Be sure to comment below letting us know any plant questions you have for our next blog post. To keep up to date with all things Dig It, be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram for event updates, sales, and more!


An Interview with Marco Meraz

Today we are interviewing avid plant collector, Marco Meraz. Marco is an Arizona native, and owns Republica Empanada in Mesa - as seen in Diners, Drive-in's, and Dives. To learn more about the restaurant, click here

Q: Name? Age?

A: Marco Meraz, 39.

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Q: What type of residence do you live in, and where? We find that it shapes your environment that houses your plants.

A: I live in a standard house in Mesa, AZ. I'm lucky that I have a backyard to keep plants in-ground and inside containers. 

Q: How do you think the environment you live in affects your plant collection?

A: Having a house gives me more space than the average person. Although, the Arizona climate is a challenge because in the winter it freezes and of course - the summer heat. Most of my collection likes the heat but the full sunlight/direct sunlight needs to be considered with my non-native plants in containers. Since I have a backyard, I like to put plants in the ground if they can adapt; they are always happier in the ground.

Q: What is your occupation? Do plants factor into your occupation? If so, how?

A: I am a single father and I run a restaurant in Downtown Mesa - Republica Empanada. Both demand a lot of time, especially in the summer when the plants need more water. But, this applies to all aspects of life - you have to make time for what is important. My kids are 7, 6, and 2. They are all interested in plants, the two year-old likes to help me water. They also like to take cuttings from a few of the plants and put them into empty containers to try to get them to go. They're not scared of cacti, they were raised to respect and be conscious of them. In fact, one of their first words is ouch!


Q: How would you describe your plant collection status? How many plants do you think you own?

A: I haven't counted, but I easily own over 100 plants. I am out of room, have far too many, and would consider myself an advanced and very experienced grower. My collection varies greatly; it includes some houseplants - but a large majority are desert/xeriscape plants: cacti, tropical, semi-tropical, succulents. 99% of my plants are kept outside.


Q: What is it about plants that intrigues you?

A: My mom has a big green thumb. She's from Costa Rica, the mountain region in a tropical cloud forest. She is very in tune to the universe with plants and definitely has a gift when it comes to plants; I think I inherited my love for plants from her. Although I was raised here in the desert, she would always try to have a piece of the tropical oasis in our front and back yard. People always commented about her garden and I try to apply what she taught me to my own gardening; but these are different times and I am much more conscious of low-water use plants. This topic is very important to me, I believe people should be very wary of water usage and understand that you can create a lush garden with low-water use plants. 


Q: Do you draw inspiration from plants? If so, how?

A: Absolutely; a friend of mine who is very knowledgeable, especially about Sonoran Desert plants, once expressed in conversation: "It's a wonder why not every single person is a gardener or has a love for plants on a certain level. We have this endless, seamless connection to plants, they feed us and provide us oxygen. In return, we don’t regard or respect them the way we should. In a lot of ways we are disconnected." I believe that plants are a beautiful way to be in-tune with the world around us. 

Q: Have you ever turned your car around to take a closer look at a plant or take a picture?

A: I do this every day, or at least every other day, to take a picture or to admire. An exceptionally memorable time I did this was when I drove past a Ceiba speciosa, the silk floss tree, in bloom in the Mesa desert. It's one of my favorite plants not native to the Sonoran Desert.


Q: What is your dream plant to have?

A: Can I choose three? 1. A giant Arborescent African euphorbia because they can’t take full-sun in Arizona, 2. A Silk-floss tree - I’ve had one and it struggled to adapt to our climate, and 3. A giant Pachycereus weberi - I have one planted, and although they can do well here, they are really frost sensitive during the winter.

Q: Is there anything else you wanted to share?

A: My grandmother just spent six days in a hospital with no windows - no trees or birds to look at, just the sterile hospital equipment. Since, she has been transferred to a hospice center with windows, and right outside of her room is a Palo Verde with birds coming and going. This tree brings her so much peace and happiness in her last few days, and I think plants play a large role in health and wellness.


We wanted to send a huge thank you to Marco for sharing his stories with us.

To learn more about Marco, be sure to check out his Instagram by clicking here

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An Interview with Min Skivington

Today we're interviewing Min Skivington, the Marketing & Outreach Manager for the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona. Min is an avid plant collector and we thought she would be a great fit for our new interview series. Not only this, but Dig It has worked closely with both Min and the Epilepsy Foundation since our start. To learn more about the Epilepsy Foundation, and everything they do, click here.

Q: Name? Age?

A: Min Skivington, 29!

Q: What type of residence do you live in, and where? We find that it shapes your environment that houses your plants.

A: I live in an apartment in Phoenix with a large deck. In fact, my deck is pretty much at full capacity with Dig It plants! My entire collection is pretty much all succulents and cacti - I can't keep plants inside of my apartment because of my cats. I do keep plants in my office though! 

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Q: How would you describe your plant collection status? What is your relationship with plants?

A: I'm obsessed and need more room! Relationship-wise, we're pretty close and you could say it's getting serious! We're lucky that we live in Arizona and can afford to have not only plants year-round but such a large variety of plants. I definitely look towards plants for inspiration when I draw.

Q: Do you find yourself gravitating toward certain types of plants?

A: I don't necessarily find myself gravitating towards a certain variety of plants, but I always am gravitating towards Dig It. Plants from here are so different and you don’t see them at big-box stores. The uniqueness definitely drives me into the store!

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Q: Have you ever turned your car around to take a closer look at a plant or take a picture?

A: Yep - all the time! Once we were in the Saguaro Desert near Tucson on a work trip. I definitely had to turn the car around to snap a picture!

Q: How would you describe the Epilepsy Foundation's relationship with plants?

A: Our team came to Dig It when you first opened and bought a few plants for our office. From there, we've fostered a relationship with Dig It over the years through different fundraising events, especially our annual gala. Each year Dig It donates an arrangement for the gala's silent auction with the proceeds benefitting the foundation. Other than fundraisers, we like to work with Dig It because it fosters a local relationship that big-box stores just don't have. Dig It is very similar to us because there are only two people running the foundation's Arizona chapter - all the events, fundraisers, and our huge gala. Dig It also has a small team, but manages to do so much.


The Epilepsy Foundation's Annual Gala will be on September 15th, 2018 from 6:00 - 10:00 PM at Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley. The theme for this black-tie event is Havana Nights, and includes a plated dinner. Visit AZEpilepsygGala.org to learn more.

Indoor Plants for Dry Phoenix Air

"What is the hardest houseplant to kill?" A tricky question that we get asked on a daily basis.  Plants are living, breathing organisms that depend on a number of conditions to survive and more importantly, thrive.  Plants are dependent on soil, water, and sunlight.  While some plants require strict conditions, a large majority do not.  Phoenix has a very dry climate with little to no humidity most days.  Not all plants will thrive in our air conditions, as some leaves need more moisture than others.  A plant parent can attempt to adjust the relative humidity, but it isn't the most practical solution. All this said, here are our top picks for indoor houseplants that thrive in the dry Phoenician air: 

The ZZ Plant, a crowd-favorite here at Dig It!

The ZZ Plant, a crowd-favorite here at Dig It!

A Pothos, the perfect plant for hanging planters! They will drape over the edge, and are a great option if you're looking to add leafy greens to a windowsill.  Click here to see the original picture.

A Pothos, the perfect plant for hanging planters! They will drape over the edge, and are a great option if you're looking to add leafy greens to a windowsill. Click here to see the original picture.

Featured above is the ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia). The drought-tolerant ZZ plant is the perfect addition to low-light homes and offices! To the right is a Pothos 'Silver Splash' (Epipremnum aureum). This plant is a great for those looking to add a classic, leafy option to a workspace or home. Pothos are also a perfect option for those looking for low maintenance plants that provide hanging foliage. While all of the plants mentioned are great at cleaning the air around us, Pothos have been said to help relax ones eyes when feeling congested or irritated. This can help combat tiredness after a long-day of staring at a phone, computer screen, or even Phoenix rush hour!  Pothos have also been said to help prevent and treat cataracts, ocular hypertension, and glaucoma.

Pilea Peperomoides, one of Lauren's favorite plants (because they look like mini pancakes).

Pilea Peperomoides, one of Lauren's favorite plants (because they look like mini pancakes).

If you're searching for a fun-looking plant, check out our Pilea peperomioides. These are also known as Chinese money plants, UFO plants, and pancake plants! Native to Yunnan Province in Southern China, Pilea's are great low-maintenance houseplants for dry air climates. Pilea's have very similar needs to succulents, and require sunlight for a few hours of the day. These make a great windowsill plant! If you're in the market for a low-light plant, the Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) requires minimal sunlight, water, and care. The Snake plant also has great antibacterial properties - as they filter formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air. 

Sanseveria (Snake Plant). One of the most popular varieties for new plant parents! 

Sanseveria (Snake Plant). One of the most popular varieties for new plant parents! 

At the end of the day, there's really nothing that makes a house feel more like a home than a great houseplant. They truly are the gift that keeps giving, be it from direct benefits like cleaner air, lower toxins, and pollutant reduction to indirect benefits like better focus, fatigue and stress reduction, and increased mental health. People grow plants, and #PlantsGrowPeople! 

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