Gardening

“Speaking of Roots, if you can garden in the Deserts of Arizona,
you can garden anywhere!”

But you have to know everything about gardening to be successful!

This is my Gardening Bible by Mary Irish (order from Amazon)
This article is to assist those who live in a desert environment and want to know:

When to Plant, Fertilize, Water and Prune -  Each chapter of this book lists the Months January through December and tells you what you need to know and is my first reference in planning to garden in every season of the year in Arizona.
This is my Gardening Bible by Mary Irish (order from Amazon) This article is to assist those who live in a desert environment and want to know: When to Plant, Fertilize, Water and Prune –  Each chapter of this book lists the Months January through December and tells you what you need to know and is my first reference in planning to garden in every season of the year in Arizona.
My second reference is to download the Vegetable Planting Calendar for Maricopa County for help in knowing when to plant seeds or transplants.

Projects made to improve my garden
and ideas you might consider

We purchased this home in July 2013 to spend our "retirement years" with smaller everything.
We purchased this home in July 2013 to spend our “retirement years” with smaller everything.
My son Lance hired a Landscaper to remove our front lawn so we would have more time to garden.
My son Lance hired a Landscaper to remove our front lawn so we would have more time to garden.
We will never have to mow, fertilize or water this artificial turf.  Thanks, Lance!
We will never have to mow, fertilize or water this artificial turf. Thanks, Lance!
We wanted to garden so we hired a landscape crew to remove the backyard grass and build raised flower/veggie beds.
We wanted to garden so we hired a landscape crew to remove the backyard grass and build raised flower/veggie beds.
This Water Feature was already here so we loved the sound of water splashing in the garden.
This Water Feature was already here so we loved the sound of water splashing in the garden.
Then we removed the small backyard grass and built raised flower/vegetable beds for ease in working with the plants while sitting down.
Then we removed the small backyard grass and built raised flower/vegetable beds for ease in working with the plants while sitting down.
My landscape crew helped me shape the poured concrete walls with forms.
My landscape crew helped me shape the poured concrete walls with forms.
Next we stuccoed the raised planter boxes and cut the patio stones to fit.  We then added patio stone caps to the top of the  beds and let it grow.
Next we stuccoed the raised planter boxes and cut the patio stones to fit. We then added patio stone caps to the top of the beds and let it grow.
High Arbor, Low Arch
High Arbor, Low Arch & Cat Claw vine entrance into Garden.
Cats Claw Archway entrance into the garden
Cats Claw Archway entrance into the garden
Beautiful Duranta Flowers growing on Fence-line Wall Trellis
Beautiful Duranta Flowers growing on Fence-line Wall Trellis
This raised bed has a Tangelo Citrus Tree with Plumbago, White Verbena, and Red Trumpet Flowers.
This raised bed has a Tangelo Citrus Tree with Plumbago, White Verbena, and Red Trumpet Flowers.

Trellis for the hollow core block fence lines, Arbors to shade some windows and the Avery, Arch’s to walk through for the fun of it.

These wall trellis can be made easily by ripping Cedar or Redwood fencing material and air nailing them together.
These wall trellis can be made easily by ripping Cedar or Redwood fencing material and air nailing them together.
This Avery Arbor was built to shade the sunlight coming into this  Study where I use my computer and to shelter an Avery where I can look out and see the birds.
This Avery Arbor was built to shade the sunlight coming into this Study where I use my computer and to shelter an Avery where I can look out and see the birds.
After the Arbor was built the Wire mesh helped support the Blue Dawn Vines and shade the Avery.
After the Arbor was built the Wire mesh helped support the Blue Dawn Vines and shade the Avery.
This Arch is made from 1/2" rebar covered with 1/2" plastic pipe and covered with wire mesh for support and covered with Cat's Claw vine.
This Arch is made from 1/2″ rebar covered with 1/2″ plastic pipe and covered with wire mesh for support and covered with Cat’s Claw vine.
January 2018 walking through the Blue Ridge Gardens and preparing for Spring Planting any day now.
January 2018 walking through the Blue Ridge Gardens and preparing for Spring Planting any day now.
It is time to harvest the Tangerine and Tangelo Citrus.
It is time to harvest the Tangerine and Tangelo Citrus.
Lemon Tree planted in a raised bed of concrete blocks.
Lemon Tree planted in a raised bed of concrete blocks.
This is the Garden Shed 10' X 10' and contains only garden tools, fertilizers, bug sprays and sprinkler repair parts.
This is the Garden Shed 10′ X 10′ and contains only garden tools, fertilizers, bug sprays and sprinkler repair parts.