Have clutter and things you don't need in your garden? Now's the time to fix that.

Here we go again with a fifth Tuesday, on this last day of September.

For you, it’s another chance to consider your potted desert garden. For me, it’s an opportunity to share more of my personal side.

At the end of July, I told you about my move to a new home, and going from 45-plus pots to a mere seven large pots, with four small succulent pails hanging in our mesquite tree. We have had a few cooler mornings, and this enticed me to do some work outside—not in the garden, but in my swinging hammock chair on my iPad. Nice!

This leads me to my first idea as temperatures allow you to venture outside, at least in the early morning hours: Drink your morning beverage outside, and contemplate even cooler days to come. What are your plans? Is there anything different you want to do in your pots this winter?

But before you go outside, get some healthy air inside! This is idea No. 2. There are many reasons to open the windows. First and foremost: It feels and smells good! But there are some other reasons to get those windows open!

  • It will help rid your home of toxic fumes.
  • It’s free! Turn off your air conditioning for a couple hours, and let your home soak up those cool breezes.
  • Your indoor plants will love you for it!
  • You will hear the birds and other sounds of nature.
  • Experts say that opening windows will improve your overall health.

And while we are talking about feeling good, consider idea No. 3—reduce some of the clutter that might have accumulated in your yard over the past year(s). If you are not using some pots, donate them to a community or school garden. Have old soil and fertilizer, broken tools, things you have collected over time and don’t want/need them anymore? Find new homes for them by donating them, or toss what is of no value.

Finally. idea No. 4—consider adding a new accent pot or piece of art to your favorite area. A new, cooler season might inspire you to treat yourself to something bright and cheery.

Now is the time to dream a little and make some fun decisions about what’s next for your garden as cooler days approach.

Marylee Pangman is the founder and former owner of The Contained Gardener in Tucson, Ariz. She has become known as the Desert’s Potted Garden Expert. Marylee is available for digital consultations, and you can email her with comments and questions at potteddesert@gmail.com. Follow the Potted Desert at facebook.com/potteddesert.