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10 Articles to Help You Kickstart Your Desert Garden

Everything you need to know about gardening in the desert.

January 24, 2017

A Beginner’s Guide to Seed Sourcing: Love the idea of using heirloom seeds from Native SEEDS/SEARCH but aren’t sure how to grow them? Learn how to successfully choose and grow seeds in your desert garden.

Illustration by Adela Antionette.

Illustration by Adela Antionette.

Grow Your Soil Part One, Part Two, and Part Three: Dirt, worms, nutrients, oh my! The thought of creating the best soil for your garden might seem overwhelming, but these articles will guide you through every step of the process.

Illustration by Adela Antoinette.

Illustration by Adela Antoinette.

Garden Friends: Learn which insects you should invite into your garden to help with pest control and pollination. The Integrated Pest Management method suggests using insects, rather than harmful pesticides, to help protect your garden and allow it to flourish.

Illustration by Danny Martin.

Illustration by Danny Martin.

The Neverending Garden: Learn what to plant in a winter garden and how to protect it from cold snaps so that you can have backyard produce all year long.

Illustration by Danny Martin.

Illustration by Danny Martin.

An Herbaceous Endeavor: Seasonal herbs can be used in everything from stew to ice cream. Learn how to grow herbs that will keep your herb pots flourishing all year long.

Illustration by Adela Antoinette.

Illustration by Adela Antoinette.

Keys for Successful Desert Gardening: Intimidated by the thought of growing food in the desert? This article will calm your fears and provide you with great starting points for your first desert garden.

Illustration by Adela Antoinette.

Illustration by Adela Antoinette.

Plant a Tree: Trees of the right variety can flourish in the desert. Learn how to plant your own edible trees so that you can have citrus, figs, and green foliage all year long.

Illustration by Kat Wright.

Illustration by Kat Wright.

Putting Down Roots: Root vegetables are great because they can be stored without spoilage for many months. Learn how (and when) to plant potatoes, carrots, beets, and turnips in your desert garden.

Illustration by Adela Antoinette.

Illustration by Adela Antoinette.

Lingering Questions? Check out our series, ‘Ask a Master Gardener‘ for answers to all of your gardening questions.


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