Gardening in the Arizona desert (Pinal County)

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I have found myself transplanted into the middle of Arizona; I'm already pining for the luscious green of my hometown, Seattle.

I am bound and determined to do at least a little gardening but not even sure what can be done out here. I'll head to the library later this week to see what kind of books they have to offer. I'll also check into the local college's extension offices to see what they have.

But what I'd really like are some practical tips from someone who has been here and done it! I don't have thousands of dollars to spend on getting set up this first year so I need budget friendly ideas as well.

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Welcome Zereh

I know we use to have someone from Arizona on here.

There are so many members I'm sure someone lurking out there can assist you :)

Larrys Rock Garden's picture
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Look for a book called,

Rainwater Harvesting For Dry-lands.

Zereh's picture
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I have Vol I & II on their

I have Vol I & II on their way to me now from the library. Thanks for the suggestion. =)

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My local Library only has Vol I,

or at least that's what they had a few years ago when I read it, lots of good stuff! What I put to use on my place has been using native rock as stone mulch, haven't gotten around to other things yet! I think I'll get to the Library this week if I can and see if they have gotten any more volumes of the book in yet. :)

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Gardening in AZ

We are new to AZ and learning by trial and error. Happy to share our few successes; we knew the soil was horrible so decided on a raised bed and for lack of cheaper materials used hay bales set on their sides so it was about 2.5 ft tall. Then laid them end to end so the bed was about 12 ft long by 2.5 ft wide. The bed was filled with bags of compost - that was a little pricy but worth it. Planted 5 kinds of lettuce, carrots, radishes, spinach, basil, lavender, rosemary, violas (needed some color), tomatoes and peppers. Everything did really well, except the lavender didn't look to healthy.

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