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A crucial element of successful spring gardening in Arizona is transitioning from ..read more
Wondering which vegetables can take the heat during an Arizona summer? Keep reading ..read more
Gardeners in warm regions rejoice! Although fussy to grow in cooler areas, eggplant ..read more
Looking for the best way to label garden plants in your garden? Throughout the ..read more
Arizona Herb Planting Guide: A Visual Guide for Low Desert Herbs Thinking about starting a garden? Herb gardening is a great way to begin. Many herbs are easy to grow and thrive year round in the low desert of Arizona. This Arizona Herb Planting Guide provides planting dates and other information for growing over 30 different herbs in the low desert of Arizona. Growing seasons in Arizona are short, and timing is critical when planting. Use this Arizona Herb Planting Guide to learn when and how to plant each herb. When you plant at the correct time, seeds will sprout and transplants will become established in the optimal conditions for each plant. With pictures and planting dates for over 30 herbs that grow well in the low desert of Arizona, you are sure to find one to try.  Be sure to check out the end of this Arizona Herb Planting Guide for links to articles about common questions about growing a garden in Arizona.  Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more information. Arizona Herb Planting Guide: A Visual Guide for Low Desert Herbs Click on herb name to go directly to that herb: Amaranth Anise Basil Bay Bee Balm Borage Calendula Catnip Chamomile Chives Cilantro Dill Fennel Garlic Garlic Chives Hyssop Lavender Lemon Balm Lemon Grass Lemon Verbena Marjoram Mint   Nasturtium Oregano Parsley (flat) Parsley (curly) Rosemary Sage Savory (Summer) Savory (Winter) Thyme Turmeric Violet Amaranth Amaranth How to grow Amaranth: Grows best from seed When to plant amaranth: March – April and late July – early September Harvest leaves as needed and cut the seed-heads with stems for drying to collect seeds.  Good to Know: Warm-season annual. Leaves are high in protein.  Anise Anise How to grow Anise: Grows best from seed When to plant anise: February – April and October – November Harvest seeds by clipping entire head and storing in paper bag until dry. Good to Know: Annual. Anise grows about 2 feet tall.  Basil Read this article for more information about how to grow basil.  Basil How to grow Basil: Grows best from seed or transplant; propagates by cutting When to plant basil: Late February – May Harvest leaves often to keep plant from flowering for best flavor.  Good to Know: Warm-season annual. Frost tender. Don’t rush planting; basil prefers warm air and soil. Plant near tomatoes to improve flavor and growth. Bay Bay How to grow Bay: Grows best from cutting or transplant When to plant bay: Late February – April  Harvest dark leaves anytime. Use within 3-4 months for best flavor. Good to Know: Perennial. New plantings are frost tender.  Bee Balm Bee Balm How to grow Bee Balm: Grows best from seed or transplant When to plant bee balm: February – March Harvest leaves anytime.  Good to know: Needs frequent water and afternoon shade. Attracts beneficial insects and pollinators. Considered a perennial flower, but often grown as an annual in the low desert of Arizona. Plant near tomatoes to improve flavor and growth. Borage Borage How to grow Borage: Grows best from seed When to plant borage: October – January Harvest young stems for best flavor. Pick flowers and use fresh, frozen, or dried. Good to Know: Cool-season annual. Self-seeds readily. Attracts pollinators. Plant with squash, strawberries, and tomatoes. Calendula Calendula (Pot Marigold) How to grow Calendula: Grows best from seed or transplant When to plant calendula: Late September – November Harvest flowers regularly when young and fresh.  Good to know: Cool-season annual. Edible, and medicinal uses. Reseeds easily. Early bloomer. Often grown as a trap crop for aphids. Keep deadheaded to encourage blooms.  Catnip Catnip How to grow Catnip: Grows best from seed or division; reseeds readily When to plant catnip: October – April  Harvest leaves as needed. Good to Know: Perennial. Deters flea.. ..read more
One of the benefits of living in the low desert of Arizona and other warm areas of ..read more
Spinach (Spinacea oleracia) is healthy and delicious fresh from the garden or in ..read more
Pomegranate Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip Using fresh pomegranates, I’itoi onions, jalapeños, lemons, and parsley from the garden, I made a new recipe for my family’s Thanksgiving celebration – and it was a hit! I quickly typed up the recipe so I wouldn’t forget how to make it. I made the Pomegranate Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip for two subsequent gatherings, and both groups loved it. One person who texted me for the recipe said the dip made her list of the “best things I’ve ever eaten.” High praise for a humble pomegranate dip. Hope you like it too. Enjoy!  Spread the dip in a dish Cover the dip with pomegranate arils Pomegranate Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip Ingredients: 2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened 1-2 jalapeños* – deseeded and chopped ½ cup finely chopped I’tioi onions (can also use green onions)  ¼ – ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro or chopped fresh parsley ¼ – ½ cup sugar  ½ teaspoon cumin 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1-2 cups pomegranate arils * Add more or less jalapeños to adjust the heat level. Always wear gloves when handling hot peppers. Directions: Stir cream cheese until smooth. Stir in sugar, cumin, and lemon juice. Add jalapeños, onions, and cilantro. Spread in an even layer into a small dish or 8 x 8 pan. Top with pomegranate arils. Serve with veggies or crackers.  Want a printable copy of the recipe? Pomegranate Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip 1 file(s) 38.32 KB Download The post Pomegranate Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip appeared first on Growing In The Garden. ..read more
Cabbage can be grown almost anywhere and has long been valued for its storage life ..read more

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