Vegetable planting times can change fast in a Southwest garden, so click to the upcoming month to learn more about what to plant now, anytime.
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For planting times specific to your zip code, check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner.
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Good Reading About the Southwest Gardening Region
The Mother Earth News online archives include three decades of homestead and gardening reports from the Southwest gardening region, including these neat stories:
Best Tomatoes for the Southwest, January 2010
Phoenix Custom Chicken Coops, December 2009 (online)
The Southwest, March 1990
Chino Valley Changes, January 1987
Mule Train Nomads, July 1979
Water in the Desert, June 2004
Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of
Brisbee, Arizona, August 2008
San Luis Obispo, California, August 2008
Dixon, New Mexico, August 2007
Silver City, New Mexico, October 2009
Yavapai County, January 1987
If you live in the desert – sunken beds or protected beds and waffle/dry bed gardening are the best choice. It traps what little water does come naturally and reduces the manual water needed. It protects your plants from the dry, moisture-sucking wind as well. Plus you can plant early and easily cover the seedlings with trash bags until the last frost.
Criss Kraus, online comment, 6/22/09
Resources for the Southwest Gardening Region
Climate factors such as elevation or distance from the sea will influence when to plant what. These links will help you find your best planting dates, starting with extension service recommendations.
Home Vegetable Gardening in New Mexico, New Mexico State University
Vegetable Planting Guide, Arizona State University (click to your zone to find exact planting dates)
Vegetable Planting Guide, San Diego (California) County Extension Service
Sustainable Agriculture in Arizona. PDF from University of Arizona
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, University of California
California Certified Organic Farmers, Santa Cruz, California
Farm to Table, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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