Winter Gardening in Phoenix: What You Should Know Before You Start

Gardening in Phoenix

Adding a new garden to your home can be an expensive and time-consuming operation. The good news is that it could pay off! Attractive landscaping can boost the desirability of a luxury home, according to the Realtors at Walt Danley; as long as plantings look appealing and require relatively low maintenance. If you’re thinking about installing a new garden in your yard this season, here are some tips to get you started.

Prep for the Upcoming Season

Before you begin preparing your space for a garden, make sure you’re planting at the right time. In Phoenix Metro, plant your winter garden at the end of October/beginning of November. This gives the crops enough time to mature in the cooler months, which is ideal for certain vegetables.

 Choose the Right Vegetables

For best quality, certain vegetables need to mature during cooler periods rather than in the heat of the summer. Cool-season vegetables include beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach and turnips. These are hardy or frost tolerant plants and germinate in cold soil. They can be planted in the fall, winter or early spring depending on location.

Find the Perfect Location

Ideally, a garden is best located in an area of your yard that has plenty of morning sunlight, some afternoon shade, and a nearby water supply. Leafy and root vegetables will tolerate partial shade throughout the day. You’ll want to avoid setting up your garden in the narrow space between your home and the wall, or near trees or large shrubbery (as their roots will steal nutrients).

Apply a Thick Layer of Mulch

Mulch is good for blocking weeds, making your garden look nice, and keeping your soil warm and moist. A thick layer of mulch can go a long way toward protecting roots and bulbs from frost and maintaining moisture during the dry winter. It also offers better protection for beneficial insects that may be over-wintering beneath the soil in your garden.

Keep the Weeds Out

The coldest months of the year can be the perfect time to start eliminating weeds from your garden plots. Warm spells (which are a common occurrence in Phoenix) prompt weed seeds to grow. As soon as you see weeds starting to appear, pull them out. If the ground is soft enough, you can also till the soil to get a head start on your garden maintenance.

Gardening can be challenging, so don’t lose hope if your crops don’t grow perfectly the first time around. Do plenty of research and try again during the next planting season. You’ll be adding value to your home, as well as reaping the benefits of fresh organic herbs and veggies straight from your own backyard.