To overcome challenges associated with gardening and restoration in arid landscapes, many techniques have been developed, including the strategic placement of irrigation lines, the application of mulch, and the improved selection of plant species and varieties.
Maricopa County is a wonderful place to garden. Almost any type of vegetable or fruit can be grown successfully provided one chooses appropriate varieties and plants at the right time.
Based upon original work by: Lucy Bradley and Kai Umeda; April 1998
Animal manures are an excellent source of nitrogen and phosphorus, and can be used to replace manufactured fertilizers in organic agricultural production. Manure has been used to supply plant nutrients and organic matter to the soil and as a method of animal waste disposal for centuries.
Usted no necesita acceso a un terreno para crear un jardín. Si se cumplen ciertas condiciones, usted puede cultivar plantas en contenedores o macetas en espacios muy pequeños.
La jardinería de vegetales puede resultar divertido y proporcionar alimentos frescos deliciosos de alto valor nutritivo. Cuidar y trabajar con las plantas puede dar otra dimensión de alegría a la vida y crear una conciencia del maravilloso mundo de la naturaleza.
Ten carefully taken steps will produce many enjoyable moments and an abundant harvest of fresh vegetables during much of the year. The ten steps are: 1) Select a good location. 2) Plan your garden layout. 3) Grow recommended varieties. 4) Obtain good seed, plants, equipment and supplies.
Revised 02/2015. Originally published 09/2007.
Growing table grapes is fun and easy because they do well in most soils and are suited to Arizona’s diverse climate. Choosing a site with full sunlight, selecting the right variety, and caring for the vines properly will produce tasty fruit.
The Bagrada bug (Bagrada hilaris), an invasive pest of crucifers previously found in Africa, Asia, and Europe is now present in southern California and Arizona. It is a major pest of Brassicaceae crops and has been found on other plants as well.
There are two distinct growing seasons in Yuma. The first, extending from September through February, when the sun is low and the days are short, is ideal for growing cool season crops.
Growers of organic produce in the Southwestern United States face many challenges, including variation in water and temperature, and exposure to insects and disease.
Biochar is actually just charcoal or black carbon, made from the incomplete combustion of wood or other biomass products.
Seed pellets encapsulate seeds in a mixture (often clay, and nutrient-rich organic matter such as compost, humus, or charcoal) that will potentially reduce predation by insects and rodents while allowing for increased water retention and seed-soil contact.
This paper discusses dry bulb onion water use in Central Arizona. Graphs are shown illustrating the relationship between crop water use and Heat Units After Planting (HUAP) and calender days after planting.
Revised 10/2014. Originally published 01/2009.
Planting Guidelines; Container Trees and Shrubs (1998) Plant Selection and Selecting your Plants (2000) Selecting, Planting and Caring for Landscape Trees (DVD and VHS (2003); Originally published: 2006
This slide set with accompanying notes is intended to educate profesisonals in the nursery and landscape trade and lay people interested in proper horticultural practices related to selecting, planting and staking trees.