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Reggia
msg: 1

Sat, Dec 27, 2003, 10:45am

Hi, nice to find an Arizona
Arizona(air-i'-ZON-u')

The State of Arizona comprises the extreme south-western portion of the United States. It is bounded on the north by Utah, on the east by New Mexico, on the south by Mexico, and on the west by California and Nevada.

board!

It's looking as if I'll be a newcomer in Arizona
Arizona(air-i'-ZON-u')

The State of Arizona comprises the extreme south-western portion of the United States. It is bounded on the north by Utah, on the east by New Mexico, on the south by Mexico, and on the west by California and Nevada.

in a few months so... I'm wondering about gardening in that desert state. Is it cactus & yucca from here on out? If not, will many/any other types of plants survive the summer heat? Thanks for any replies! :)
NickCoons
msg: 2

Sat, Dec 27, 2003, 1:13pm

<Is it cactus & yucca from here on out?>

Not at all. I've grown a small variety of plants out here, usually ones that produce edible fruits or vegetables (carrots, green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, grapes, etc), with great success.

I have a friend that works at a nursery, and he tells me that plants don't mind they heat, they just don't like to be dry. And, of course, heat tends to dry things out more quickly, so you'll need to take more care to make sure that the soil stays moist and the plant doesn't dry out.

You can find citrus trees all over the place. When I was younger, I even had a neighbor that had an apple tree in their backyard.
Reggia
msg: 3

Wed, Dec 31, 2003, 5:30pm

Thanks so much for your reply. Citrus trees, yes. I've noticed that comes up often in the real estate mags. Would be great to have one of those!

Sure am glad to hear that you've had success with vegetables. I suppose you can (or maybe have to) set them out in the spring months. How about avocados -- know anyone growing those?

I can see <teehee> that I'm going to have alot of questions. Do you know of any good sites/message boards about Arizona
Arizona(air-i'-ZON-u')

The State of Arizona comprises the extreme south-western portion of the United States. It is bounded on the north by Utah, on the east by New Mexico, on the south by Mexico, and on the west by California and Nevada.

gardening? (other than gardenweb, they charge $ now for posting)
NickCoons
msg: 4

Wed, Dec 31, 2003, 6:32pm

<I suppose you can (or maybe have to) set them out in the spring months.>

That depends on what it is. When I buy a package of seeds, it usually has a US map across the back that is color-coded, and each color indicates the best time of year to plant the seed.

<How about avocados -- know anyone growing those?>

Nope.. but it can be done. The key is to protect them from winter frosts. While it rarely snows in Phoenix (I think the last time was around 1987, and we got about 1/100th of an inch), it does go below 32F degrees in the winter, and frost does form on plants. Also, water frequently in small amounts to keep the roots moist but not to flood the group often.

The tree should be located where the water can drain easily, like in loose, almost silty sand, dirt. It should be irrigated on occasion to clear away some of the salts and push them down into the soil below the relatively shallow roots. An adult tree could use about one pound of nitrogen per year, but much less for a young tree. Young trees could use a small application of fertilizer every month or so.

If you decide to grow an avocado tree, let us know how it works!

<I can see <teehee> that I'm going to have alot of questions. Do you know of any good sites/message boards about Arizona
Arizona(air-i'-ZON-u')

The State of Arizona comprises the extreme south-western portion of the United States. It is bounded on the north by Utah, on the east by New Mexico, on the south by Mexico, and on the west by California and Nevada.

gardening?>

I'm not familiar with any.
davea
msg: 5

Sun, Jan 4, 2004, 11:10am

<snip>
And no avacados do not do well here....But we have plums, pecans, pistahios, peaches, persimmons,fig, and of course wonderful l veggie gardens...and people complain here that they have to change out there flower gardens two or three times a year...But there are very few places in the U.S. that you can have year round color...So good luck Reginia.....Davea....

[edited by: NickCoons, reason: Removed reference to unrelated conversation. ]

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