Fall DIY: Planting a Seasonal Garden

Fall DIY: Planting a Seasonal Garden

Posted 09/24/2013

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Autumn in Arizona is the perfect time to plant a garden. The cool temperatures, rain and the fact that we can finally be outside for more than five minutes without feeling miserable, makes an ideal recipe for growing your own crops.

If you have been wanting to plant a garden, the upcoming weeks are a great opportunity to start planting a variety of vegetable and flowers that grow well in the cooler temperatures that have finally found their way to the West.

If this is your first go with your green thumb, there are few things to know about planting your first garden when it comes to picking soil, plotting area and caring for your seedlings. Many Maracay Homes’ backyards have plenty of space, so that is one thing you won’t have to worry about!

When starting your fall garden, make sure your plots get enough air circulation and sunlight. Avoid planting in a corner or side yard and make sure your plants have at least half a day of sun each day to help crops stay alive and thrive.

Your plants will also need good soil. Vegetables do best in moist soil made of organic matter, like compost or peat moss. Your beds will need plenty of water, but not too much. Most vegetables and flowers can’t grow if submerged in standing water. If you are worried about larger water bills because of frequent watering, we have some helpful tips on how to conserve.

Those looking to create a farm-to-table experience with produce from their own garden, can plant fall crops such as carrots, cauliflower, spinach, radishes, kale and lettuce. These types of vegetables can be planted between now and the end of November for a late harvest. Popular fall herbs to season seasonal dishes include basil, oregano, mint and cilantro.

Looking to add some color to your desert landscape? Plant some fall flowers like petunias, pansies and marigolds. September and October are the best times to plant any flower seeds or transplants. Seeds for both flowers and veggies can be found at your local nursery or home improvement store.  

To keep your garden growing all year-round, check out this handy planting guide

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