Preparing A Fall Garden

Well, it is August and fall planting is upon us! An advantage to living in the desert southwest is that we get two planting seasons. A fantastic guide to what can be planted is available through the University of Arizona. This weekend, we will work 2 inches of compost into each of our raised beds with a Troy-Bilt tiller. Once this is done, we will begin planting corn, tomatoes and cantaloupe. These warm weather crops will be harvested beginning in November. Cooler weather crops such as lettuce, spinach, and peas can be planted at 2 week intervals starting in mid-September, and they will be ready for harvesting November through April. Any starter plants that will be transplanted should be done right about now (we usually purchase these at local nurseries). And don’t forget, fall is a great time to plant citrus trees!