Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors is relatively easy, and right about now it’s time to start thinking about your spring planting. You can use the “Seed Company” page on this website for ideas on where to order seeds and supplies, Starting Out with Starting Seeds You will need a well lit space and some way of keeping your seeds and tender young plants protected. Necessary Supplies Sterile seed-starting soil mixSeedling trays with clear plastic covers – either purchased or repurposed Optional Supplies Grow lightsHeat mat You can purchase kits that have seedling […]

Winter Vegetables in the Southwest

Whether you like to try to live green, or simply want some vegetables that taste miles better than store bought, a winter vegetable garden is the way to go here in the Southwest. Start Small This Winter You will be amazed and astonished at how easy it is to grow your own vibrant vegetables. You do not – repeat NOT – need to install an massive garden plot. As a matter of fact, it is far better to start small. You can simply “container garden” in a few big pots. […]

Grow Vegetables in the Cool Season in the Southwest

Now that it’s cooling in the Southwest – time to grow vegetables.  Tried before?  Try again!!! You can do this! And if you are a “gig” worker like I am – and Covid is hitting the wallet – one way to stretch your food dollars is through growing the right vegetables at the right time. New to Vegetables? Please see my article “Vegetable Gardening Basics” (here). It will be under the “Zones & More” in the website menu once I get that figured out (garden geek, not techie). Three Rules […]

Vegetables in the Southwest – Secrets to Success

If you’re new to growing vegetables in the Southwest, here are some guidelines and tips to help you get started right. There are four basic elements a garden needs – the secrets to it’s success – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Sun (Fire) This should be your first consideration for your desert vegetable garden. Choose a spot for your garden in full sun — that means at least 6 hours of direct sun in the middle of the day. This is especially important for “fruiting” crops like tomatoes, peppers and […]

Beans for Southwest Planting

July is National Baked Bean Month. You can celebrate by baking some beans to enjoy with your hotdogs (it’s National Hot Dog Month too) or – here in the Southwest – you can celebrate by planting some beans now to bake later! Many Beans! There are so many different kinds of beans to plant in the long Southwestern hot season. That’s a gardening term by the way – an easy way to refer to growing seasons – warm season, hot season, and cool season. The beans considered hot season beans […]