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Old 09-06-2009, 05:29 PM   #11
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Similar weather related problems here......
jumped from Winter to Summer, basically, & then the
Summer was unusually cool and wet...rained ever other
day....raining now...Watermelons (sugar babies) should
have been small grew huge and never really would ripen
properly, tho I did get my fill of them dispite & still got
some to pick, probably tomorrow...Pumpkins? I've never
grown before, started 4 plants that grew to a whoppen
30+ feet...got 16 big pumpkins and they're still producing.
All of which would rot if you didn't watch them closely..
Clay soil (not red clay)...can't grow radish or carrots very
well...still pick'n early girl tomatoes but the vines are
getting old (set out in March) dropping to mid-50's at
night...Hot and humid, mid-day..............BH51..

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Old 09-28-2009, 03:05 PM   #12
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Fall/Winter Gardening in the Sonoran Desert

Some of us are just starting our Fall/Winter gardens here in the Sonoran Desert. a.k.a. Phoenix, Arizona. It was 107 over the weekend but supposed to cool down to the 90s this week. Whew! This is my first year of gardening in this heat zone. My husband and I built two raised gardens 12" high, 4 ft wide and 12 and 16 ft long. We filled them with layers of steer manure, hay, newspaper, a little blood meal and soft phosphate and covered it with black plastic to "cook" in the sun over the summer. I'm planting this week. Strawberries, spinach, acorn squash, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, radishes, carrots, leeks, sugar snap peas, pole beans, sunflowers and marigolds are the plan. I'd be grateful for any suggestions.

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Old 10-05-2009, 07:45 PM   #13
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I've never gardened in the desert, but in Florida I used to start onions and cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, brocolli, cauliflower, etc) about now. Some lettuce of the hardier varieties (where I lived we would get frosts, so not delicate greens). Here I'm finishing it all up. The tomatoes are done as are the peppers, and I need to go out and pull out the plants. Most of my herbs are still going great guns, and I'm debating whether it is worth it or not to try to dry some. I'm super-pleased that the few plants I put in at an old-lady-blind friend did so well that her care-giver dried some and gave them to me to pass on!

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