New to Desert/Container Gardening--Advice?

karaupnorth(9 Scottsdale AZ)October 28, 2007

Hello, I'm new to the board, new to AZ, and new to container gardening (we are currently renting a home, can't tear up the yard). Just moved from the midwest, where I've ALWAYS had a backyard garden. I'm anxious to get some heirloom tomatoes and peppers going. When should I plant? What extra steps do I need to take? Is it true that AZ has two growing seasons?

Thank you in advance!

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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I can't remember which growing season is the right one for peppers and tomatoes likely the summer one, but yes, it is true that there are two.

Many annuals are planted now for fall, winter and early spring color. Then a different set of annuals are planted for late spring and summer color.

When you grow in containers make sure you don't use garden soil, buy quality potting soil.

It is advised to water slowly and thoroughly using a drip system is possible in containers and saves money and your time.

Some plants that needed full sun in the Midwest may need partial shade in AZ.

You can grow many favorites such as roses and cannas and there are a lot of great new plants for you such as Bougainvillea, hibiscus, Mexican bird of paradise, tropical bird of paradise, assorted palms and you can grow just about any houseplant outdoors if you have shade and keep them watered.

You can also do up a watergarden in a barrel and grow a tropical waterlily.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2007 at 3:07PM
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