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GARDENING IN THE DESERT

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GARDENING IN THE DESERT

Post  juliekate on 9/2/2012, 4:09 pm

I've been gardening in the Phoenix area for a few years now and this is what I've learned so far:
- Deep raised wood beds work well
- Don't us existing soil- it has too much clay and caleche
- Don't hand water- use a drip system on a timer
- Use a different kind of mulch each year; turn the soil thoroughly
- The soil improves each year, as do the crops
- Work in as much Mel's Mix each year as you can afford
- A little crowding works well for the summer crops
- An umbrella in the southwest corner of the garden helps.
- A row of sunflowers can provide excellent shade as well.
- Helpful books: Gardening in the Southwest Deserts of Arizona and
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Re: GARDENING IN THE DESERT

Post  psorum on 9/2/2012, 5:04 pm

Glad to hear this.Just moved to Edgewood New Mexico.It is considered high desert and have never gardened with these kind of conditions.I will wait for awhile to start however.Need to get the lay of the land and all that. Smile

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Re: GARDENING IN THE DESERT

Post  walshevak on 9/2/2012, 8:42 pm

Welcome JulieKate.

Happy to have your input on desert gardening. We are glad to have you aboard. Be sure to post pictures of your set up.

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