Are You Ready to Plant a Fall Garden?

Broccoli in fallIn the low desert of Arizona, the best time to plant a vegetable garden is in the fall.

Delightful weather blesses the plants and the caretaker. Some bugs are not active at this time.

Semi-frost-tolerant veggies thrive in this mild weather.

Carrots in fallA mnemonic for remembering ‘what to plant when’ is that ‘leaves and roots’ grow in fall. This includes beets, carrots, lettuce, turnips, and cabbage (plus its relatives, broccoli and cauliflower). Frost-sensitive plants, such as common beans, melons, squash, and tomatoes must grow in warmer weather.

Maricopa County Extension offers a free guide, “Ten Steps to a Successful Vegetable Garden” that includes a planting calendar specific to this region.

Here are a few heirloom seed sources.
Native Seeds Search
Seed Savers Exchange
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Have fun!

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