Garden Calendar for July 2021

July is a tough on many plants, even our Southwest natives. There are few tasks to that you must do, and some things your should avoid doing this month since many plants are heat stressed. Water Wisely Water is critical in the desert, but don’t let your plants become “drip sip” junkies. Instead of a little bit of water every day, water less often but for longer time, so the water sinks in two or even three feet into the ground — where roots should be. Roots need to encouraged […]

Warm-Season Vegetables for the Southwest

The weather is warming and the vegetable gardening questions are mounting – time for the warm-season vegetables! Good news – there is so much to plant now in the Southwest! Warm-Season Vegetables are Many So many choices, so little time and space! You could grow: Amaranth, Artichoke, Beans, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Greens (MANY!), Melons, Millet, Okra, Peppers – both Sweet and Hot, Squash – Summer, Squash – Winter, Sorguhm, Sunflower, Sweet Potato, Tomatillo, Tomato, Zucchini, and more. Site For the Garden Part I First of all – where exactly do […]

March Chores for a Seamless Southwest Summer

The month of March is a great time to work in the yard in the Southwest. It is not too hot, nor too cold. It is generally a relatively dry month as well, so you won’t get rained out. There are just a few gardening chores to do in March so that this summer you can truthfully sing that the “livin’ is easy.” This March – Water It was a dry summer in 2020 and a dry and relatively hot winter. If you haven’t watered in the past month – […]

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 […]