Absolutely! In our Sonoran desert climate, fall and wintertime can be the very best time to grow a garden. The weather is beautiful because the sun shines during the day and the nights are cool resulting in the perfect conditions for so many plants. Plus, you’ll be pleased to discover that you won’t have to water as much. To compare, in the springtime, plants with flowering fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and peaches and figs do great because they love our warmer weather. But at this time of year, we get to grow what other areas of the country normally grow in their spring because our fall is similar weather to an Ohio spring. The plants we desert dwellers can grow right now include carrots, radishes, beets, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and pretty much all varieties of greens like lettuce, spinach, Asian greens, Swiss chard, and kale. Turnips, leeks, kohlrabi, garlic, peas, and onions are also winners now. And don’t forget your herbs: cilantro, dill, fennel, chives, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Make sure you have quality soil to plant in and always amend with lots of compost at the beginning of each growing season to ensure a beautiful and bountiful garden. Happy Gardening!


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