A Garden in the Desert

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To improve the soil pH takes quite awhile.

Gardening in the Desert: Gardener's Supply

For the time, effort, and expense it takes to get AZ native soil at the appropriate tilth and pH, one could start with raised beds and have instant success with a bountiful harvest their first season. Yes, it does require a more substantial initial financial investment. Though when your return on that investment is measured in weeks vs. All of our clients grow in raised garden beds whether they are ones we have built or that they have existing.

We fill them with our compost that we make and they are off and running to their harvest.

Spring Planting Season {gardening in the desert}

How much time should the home gardener dedicate to maintain a healthy garden? Our clients, on average, spend about minutes a week or 5 minutes a day. So with these necessities taken care of, maintenance is really a breeze. If you could only grow a couple of plants, which plants would you recommend for this spring planting season?

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Most people have a memory of what their parents or grandparents fresh from the garden tomatoes taste like. Homegrown produce has a MAJOR difference in taste between what you can purchase even at the best grocer. This absolutely dead wrong.


We grow 20 varieties of tomatoes on our urban farms and in our clients gardens, and our largest has rung in at a whopping 1. It was sweet, full of tomato flavor and was as big as a piece of toast for the perfect BLT. If you contact Farmyard, please let them know that Scottsdale Moms Blog sent you! This post is NOT a sponsored post and we are just recommending Farmyard because we think it is a great local company to support plus you get fresh fruit and veggies in your own backyard and nothing beats that.

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Why I took my daughter to a piercing studio. Foliage is especially aromatic after a rain. The shrub has an open habit, getting 6 feet high and 8 feet wide. Yellow spring flowers are followed by fuzzy seedpods.

Full sun and well-drained soil; will grow fast and lush with more water. Native throughout the southwest. This thornless palo verde is a three-way cross between Parkinsonia microphylla, P. Native bees are attracted to the bright yellow flowers that bloom throughout spring.

6 Tips for Successful Desert Gardening

The tree can reach 25 feet in height. For best results it needs full sun, well-drained soil, and a restrained hand with watering.

Tucson-based Scott Calhoun writes about how to transition into desert landscaping for people who have moved here from other places and how to make these desert plants work in the garden. What do I do now? This bonus content accompanies an article in the Autumn issue in which we talk to Ron Gass about his role in transforming the desert landscape. Get planting advice, garden design tips and trends, monthly checklists for your area, product specials and more in our weekly newsletter.

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