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What Are Your Best Tips for Gardening in the Southwest?

Red bell pepperIn the gardening world, we often speak of average last frost dates and of crops that enjoy “cool” spring weather. At the mention of such topics, there are sure to be readers in the hot and dry desert southwest that glance out their windows at 90 degree spring days, asking, cool?

While we try to provide region-specific advice when discussing garden crops (for instance, see the great article The Best Tomatoes to Grow Where You Live), some readers in the hottest areas of the country are still sweating over how to find the perfect tips to grow the best garden possible. And you can help.

For those of you familiar with triple-digit temperatures, can you share with our readers your best tips for gardening in the southwest? Please post your advice about what to plant, when to plant and how to plant in the comments section below.


Shelley Stonebrook is MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine’s main gardening editor. She’s passionate about growing healthy, sustainable food and taking care of our environment. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and .

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons/Alan Cleaver.