The Potted Desert Edible Garden
1. Get in another planting of all your cool season veggies, if you have room. Go ahead and transplant some more greens for an early spring salad. (Spinach, all lettuces, mesclun, swiss chard, kale)
2. Get your garden ready for the warm season planting. But, be ready to cover if it freezes again.
3. Plant transplants: artichokes, asparagus, chard, kohlrabi, lettuce and onion. If you set out transplants before mid-February protect them from the cold.
4. Tomatoes and peppers must be transplanted early enough to develop roots, flower and set fruit before hot weather arrives, so set them out as early as mid Feb. Watch for frost and cover for protection until mid-March.
5. Plant seeds: beans, beets, bok choy, carrots, swiss chard, cucumbers, leaf lettuce, melons, mustard, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach, sunflowers, turnips, watermelons, Martha Washington asparagus (roots or crowns).
6. Fertilize producing vegetable gardens.
Resource: Magic Garden NurseryTucson Rose Society
1. Pruning of your roses should be completed by mid-February.
2. Clean up all the old mulch and dead leaves and throw them in the trash, not your compost pile. Dead leaves can often have mildew spores and other diseases on them that can infest your compost pile and create problems later on.
3. Apply both a pesticide and a fungicide to your pruned roses and the ground around the plants. Fungus spores such as mildew can live through the winter in your soil.
4. Apply long-term or organic fertilizer, such as Max Magic Mix, Bandini Rose Food or homemade compost. Also, it helps to add superphosphate at this time since it takes a while to break down. Scratch it into the soil and water in.
5. Two weeks following the long-term fertilizing, begin your regular short-term or liquid fertilizing program.
6. Once growth appears, start in on your hose spraying program in the mornings to keep the aphids and mildew away.
7. Continue to water your roses. As daytime temperatures increase, increase your watering frequency.
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Marylee is the founder and former owner of Tucson’s The Contained Gardener. With more than 15 years of successfully designing and growing potted gardens in the desert’s challenging and oftentimes harsh climate, Marylee has become known as the Desert’s Potted Garden Expert. Marylee is available for in-home or digital consultations and you can always email her with your questions and comments. Follow The Potted Desert on Facebook!
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