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New to AZ Gardening

Posted by amccabe Phoenix,AZ (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 15, 12 at 19:04

Hi all,

I just finished getting my garden all setup and put in for the winter and now it is time to decide what to plant. I am looking for some advice. Currently on my list for the winter is:

A couple varieties of garlic
Some different heirloom tomatoes
Eggplant
Arugula
Broccoli
Broccoli Raab
Broccoli Romanesco
Some Mecslun Seed Mix
Sweet California wonder peppers
Hot Peppers (haven't decided the variety yet)
Some various herbs

My biggest question revolves around seedings and indoor sewing of the seeds. I plan on direct sewing everything I can once the temperatures get into the 70s at night. Does anyone do "indoor sewing" outside here? I have a nice patch that gets only morning sun that may be perfect. Also, am I too late to the game to start seedlings for this winter? Am I better off just buying the seedlings? What is a good place around the valley to get good quality seedings (I would like to try some heirloom veggies too)? I know this is a lot of questions but it seems like you guys know what you are doing :) .

Attached is a picture of my garden (to be). Just have a couple basil/tomato transplants from my previous bed that may survive with last nights downpour. I went from 4`x4` to 5`x15`.


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RE: New to AZ Gardening

Your garden setup looks very nice :) You might want to rethink your intention to plant eggplant at this time of year. It's a warm weather crop, and the best planting time for it is in the spring. If you haven't already, you should check out the Urban Farm Planting Calendar for a good guide on what to plant when.


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RE: New to AZ Gardening

Yea I saw that calendar. I was looking at the endive line not the eggplant apparently. Do you generally start from seeds outdoors with your winter crop or is it a better idea to do seedlings?


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RE: New to AZ Gardening

Yea I saw that calendar. I was looking at the endive line not the eggplant apparently. Do you generally start from seeds outdoors with your winter crop or is it a better idea to do seedlings?


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RE: New to AZ Gardening

Tomatoes and peppers in same category as eggplant -- best grown during the summer. Everything else on the list will be great winter crops, however they will not germinate until soil temps are much much lower than now. Nights in the 70's is still too hot for most of those, days in the 70's is more what they like. Not sure when that happens in Phoenix... it was 116 a few days ago when I was passing through!

Alternatively you could start everything inside a month or two before you anticipate the right weather conditions, then plant them out to get a jump on things.


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