Grow A Three Sisters Garden – For Success in the Southwest

Growing a vegetable garden in the Southwest is easy if you do as the Natives once did and plant a Three Sisters garden. Three Sisters The Native peoples across the New World have long had the tradition of planting the Three Sisters.* The Three Sisters live together and help each other not just survive, but thrive. Corn, beans, and squash are the Sisters, and each gives and receives from the others. Sister Corn Corn is Elder Sister and should be planted first. She will grow tall and provide something Middle […]

Chard for Your Winter Garden

With colors as brilliant as a Southwest sunset, chard is a beautiful plant for any garden. Grow this “Vulgar” Plant for Leaves Sadly, chard’s scientific name is not so beautiful. Chard goes by the scientific name Beta vulgaris – the “vulgar” indicating it is only a commoner and not noble at all, it’s just a “common beet.” Also called Swiss chard, this beet relative is not grown for the roots. It has been bred for centuries to produce colorful and tasty stems and leaves. Chard leaves are good in salads, […]

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 […]