Author: Cricket Aldridge

Cricket Aldridge is a Master Gardener and the writer behind GardenVariety.Life, a blog about Suburban Homesteading in the Desert. If you want to learn more about beekeeping, canning, and other homesteading skills, stop by.
What to Plant in May

What to Plant in May

May is really getting hot now, with temps already in the 100s. Shade your tomatoes so the fruit doesn’t burn. Remember that this is one of the driest months, so watering is going to be vital. Your vegetable garden should be watered to a depth of 1 foot each time you water. To check how […]

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What to plant in April

April is getting warmer, but you can still plant and harvest something from your garden. From now until July when the monsoons hit, we have our driest season. Make sure to monitor your garden and pots to make sure they are getting enough water. You may need to add 70% shade cloth to your tomatoes […]

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What to Plant in Phoenix in February

February is the month we all wait for. It’s the time for planting mania here in the low desert. The traditional last frost date for the year is February 15, but we always press our luck and try planting earlier — especially when the weather has been so warm. Of course there is always the […]

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Lemon Peel Is Powerful Medicine

It’s citrus season in and around Phoenix, and if you don’t have a lemon, orange, or grapefruit tree in your yard, then you surely know someone who does. In fact, you will probably start seeing boxes of fruit sitting out on the curb for anyone to take. I think it’s one of the coolest things […]

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What to Plant in Phoenix in January

  January is usually the coldest month in Phoenix. Freeze warnings often occur several nights, so either protect your frost sensitive plants or just decide to let them go. Freezes are important because they kill some insects and plant diseases that would otherwise linger into the next season. They also help our deciduous fruit trees […]

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