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Gardening in the Desert

Author : Mary Irish
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Newcomers to the Southwest usually find that their favorite landscape plants aren't suited to the hot, dry climate. Many authors offer advice on adapting plants to the desert; now Mary Irish tells how gardeners can better adapt themselves to the challenge. Drawing on her experience with public horticulture in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Irish explores the vexations and delights of desert gardening. She offers practical advice on plants and gardening practices for anyone who lives in the Southwest, from El Paso to Palm Springs, Tucson to Las Vegas. Irish encourages readers who may be new to the desertÑor desert dwellers who may be new to gardeningÑto stop struggling against heat, aridity, and poor soils and instead learn to use and appreciate the wonderful and well-adapted plants native to the desert. She shares information and anecdotes about trees, shrubs, perennials, agaves, cacti, and other plants that make gardening in the Southwest a unique experience, and provides further information about plants from other desert regions that will easily adapt to the Southwest. In addition to descriptions of plants, Irish also offers tips on planting, watering, pruning, and propagation. For anyone who has struggled to maintain a patch of green or blanched at their water bill after unproductive irrigation, the answer to an attractive landscape may be as close as the desert around you. And for anyone who has bought a catalog guide to desert plants and not known which to choose, this book can set you on the right path. Mary Irish shows how to take heart in available plants of adaptable beauty in a book to enjoy while waiting for the next planting cycle.

The Garden Guy

Author : David Owens
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This sequel to the best-selling book Extreme Gardening is jam-packed with more of Owens's great gardening ideas that work in the desert areas. Broken down by months in an easy-to-read, handy organic gardening manual--a calendar of what to do and when to do it.

Desert Gardening Fruits Vegetables

Author : George Brookbank
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An illustrated guide to growing plentiful fruits and vegetables in the driest of American climates Wherever you live in the desert--up to 3,500-feet elevation--this guide is for you. Enjoy plentiful fruits and vegetables from your desert garden. Desert gardening expert George Brookbank will help you with your desert garden. Two books in one . . . A tremendous reference tool you'll use all year 'round! 1. Complete how-to-do-it guide--Drip irrigation and watering --How to prepare desert soil --Which plant and tree varieties to choose --Citrus: Watering, pruning, fertilizing --New varieties for favorites: tomatoes, strawberries, grapes, melonsAnd the unusual . . . Low-chill applesOriental vegetablesYard-long beans--New chapters on hydroponics and alternatives to poisonous chemicals 2. Week-by-week desert calendar--Learn how to work with the desert's short seasons, hot weather, insects, and soils--When to plant--When to prune Over 650 photographs Great for Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas!

Gardening in the Deserts

Author : Aaron F. Browne
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Details growing organic vegetables in a desert environment.

Month By Month Gardening in the Desert Southwest

Author : Mary Irish
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The answer book to questions gardeners have about southwestern flora, this is the definitive guide to what to do in the garden and when to do it. Illustrations.

Growing Vegetables in Drought Desert Dry Times

Author : Maureen Gilmer
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Here is the definitive guide to growing healthy organic vegetables without wasting our precious water resources! This incredibly timely book will give dedicated home gardeners the know-how to grow delicious produce in dry times, focusing on four different low-water conditions in the western United States: voluntary water conservation, drought, and both high and low desert. Using modern techniques, as well as tips and stories from native traditions ranging from the southwestern United States to the Middle East, this guide offers the best of ancient wisdom and the newest innovations in conservation, and includes varietal recommendations and a seasonal crop guide. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Desert Garden

Author : Irina Springuel
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Despite their dry climates, Egypt's deserts sustain a rich variety of plant life, from towering doum palm trees to the tamarisk shrub and flowering acacias. With this practical guide, noted ecologist Irina Springuel explains the best techniques for cultivating gardens using species indigenous to Egypt. The Desert Garden outlines Egypt's natural vegetation and describes the habitats where its most popular plants can be found in the wild. She provides guidance on where to obtain the plant material for propagation and cultivation, drawing on her decades of experience in growing local desert plants, and offers advice on the most effective methods of watering plants, from subsurface irrigation to buried clay pots filled with water--an efficient technique that has been used since pharaonic times. Springuel focuses on thirty-eight of the most popular species of desert flora, illustrating each with color photographs and black and white drawings. For each, she provides useful information on its ecology and uses, with historical details about its uses in ancient Egyptian medicine and culture, where available, as well as archaeological plant material. Included here is material for beginners who want a small and simple private garden as well as for anyone planning extensive landscaping around a hotel or historic monument. Presented in straightforward language for the lay reader, while offering accurate scientific detail for professionals and scientists, The Desert Garden is an ideal companion for anyone interested in growing desert plants, both in Egypt and in similar desert environments elsewhere in the world.

Month by Month Gardening in the Deserts of Nevada

Author : Mary Irish
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The Month-By-Month series is the perfect companion to take the guesswork out of gardening. With this book, you'll know what to do each month to have gardening success all year. Written by authors in your state, the information is tailored to the issues that affect your garden the most. When is the best time to plant trees and shrubs? Should I fertilize my lawn now? Is it time to prune my roses? What should I be doing in my garden this month? You'll find the answers to these questions and much more inside. This easy-to-use book highlights each of the ten major plant categories using a monthly format. It guides you through each month of the year, telling you exactly what your garden needs. It is like having an expert in the garden with you all year long. Valuable hints are located throughout the book, and beautiful photographs will inspire you. Written just for gardeners where you live, you can be confident that the information is right for you-and your garden will show it.

A Desert Gardener s Companion

Author : Kim Nelson
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For old hands or inexperienced newcomers, A Desert Gardener's Companion is the essential reference for creating and maintaining a bountiful and environmentally sensitive Southwestern gardens. Master Gardener Kim Nelson provides a wealth of information in an easy-to-use seasonal format, covering what to do week-by-week in the desert climates of Southern California, Arizona, southern Nevada, southern New Mexico, and West Texas. Nelson covers everything from planting agave americana to mulching melons to adding zinc chelates to desert soils: one hundred sixty specific topics in all. Delightful drawings by noted nature artist Paul Mirocha demonstrate proper planting and pruning techniques, suggest complimentary landscape groupings, and illustrate specific low water-use plants. No other single volume provides as much useful advice about selecting, planting, and caring for such a wide variety of plants and gardens as Nelson packs into A Desert Gardener's Companion. Her informative and entertaining prose reflects her years of successful, hands-on gardening experience in both Southern California and Arizona and her wealth of knowledge gained as chair of the Plant Clinic at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Tucson.

Desert Butterfly Gardening

Author : Arizona Native Plant Society
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A booklet describes the best plants to cultivate in order to attract butterflies to a Southwest desert garden.

The Arizona Low Desert Flower Garden

Author : Kirti Mathura
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Fully illustrated and comprehensive guide to planning and planting a garden in the low deserts of Arizona

The Desert Gardener s Calendar

Author : George Brookbank
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What's the best time to plant or prune? When should you fertilize fruit trees? What's the earliest date to set out tomato plants? Gardeners in the desert Southwest can't rely on books that try to cover the whole country. Summer heat, less rain, and shorter, unreliable growing seasons are important factors in the desert. That's why The Desert Gardener's Calendar can be essential to gardening success. Whether you're raising vegetables, nursing citrus trees, or just trying to keep your front yard looking its best, you'll find that this handy book gives you a valuable month-by-month perspective on the year. It helps you to focus on necessary activities and reminds you of simple tasks you might overlook. It's especially valuable for people who've moved to the desert regions from other parts of the country and follow old gardening dates that seldom apply to their new home. The Desert Gardener's Calendar is a guide to the maintenance you need to do to keep your garden flourishing and your landscape attractive throughout the year. It combines the month-by-month gardening and landscaping activities from two separate books by George Brookbank--Desert Gardening, Fruits and Vegetables and Desert Landscaping--and was created in response to readers who have found the calendar sections of those books especially invaluable. And because not all deserts are the same, Brookbank is careful to point out differences in scheduling encountered by gardeners in low- and middle-elevation regions in California and the Southwest. "I believe," says the author, "that if you use this calendar and let your judgment become more accurate with experience, you'll soon be doing everything right." Although that might suggest a day when you don't need this book, chances are good that, if you're a desert gardener, right now you do.

Desert Gardening for Beginners

Author : Cathy Cromell
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Everything you need to know to grow fresh, tasty vegetables, fragrant herbs, and colorful flowers is included in "Desert Gardening for Beginners." The authors, all life-long gardeners, have translated the most current horticultural information from University of Arizona researchers into easy-to-understand language new gardeners. Included are three planting calendars that provide the best months to sow hundreds of vegetables, flowers and herbs for maximum success.

The Hot Garden

Author : Scott Calhoun
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Shares lavishly photographed ideas for garden design in southwestern regions with extreme dry climate conditions, demonstrating how to tap the natural beauty of arid environments using aesthetic and water-thrifty landscape options as well as a variety of culturally inspired accents.

Southwest Fruit Vegetable Gardening

Author : Jacqueline Soule
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DIVMaster the art of edible gardening in the beautiful southwestern United States./divDIV /divDIVSouthwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in Arizona, New Mexico, or Nevada. Co-authors Katie Elzer-Peters and Jacqueline Soule share their bountiful knowledge of edibles in general and the Southwest region in particular, equipping you with all the information you need to design your edible garden, tend the soil, maintain your plants throughout their life cycles, and—most importantly—harvest the delicious foods they produce. So whether you live in the Tucson suburbs, the New Mexico Bootheel, the Mojave Desert, or anywhere else in the southwestern tri-state area, you’ll discover the best fruit and vegetable plants for your garden in this beautiful step-by-step how-to guide . . . and they’ll be on your table before you know it./div

Perennials for the Southwest

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A regional gardening manual highlights more than 150 perennial plants that are perfect for the arid climate conditions of the Southwest, offering practical information on how to design a dry-climate garden and an alphabetical listing of appropriate plants that includes information on drought tolerance, ornamental characteristics, and cultivation requirements.

Slam Dunk Easy Desert Gardening

Author : Leslie Doyle
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Desert Gardens

Author : Gary Lyons
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An inspirational, photographic tour of eighteen of the world's most beautiful public and private gardens is accompanied by valuable tips on the cacti, succulents, and other native flora suited to arid climates; information on the locations and visiting hours of public gardens; and a comprehensive listing of sources to help gardeners create their own desert wonderlands.

Redwoods and Roses

Author : Maureen Gilmer
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Redwoods and Roses explores the special relationship California’s diverse peoples have shared with nature and the unique gardens and landscapes they have created over the years to nurture and enhance those bonds. From pre-colonial times to the Victorian era, California gardening expert Maureen Gilmer brings this garden history to life, showing how the gardens and landscapes were created and profiling the heirloom plants within them. But Redwoods and Roses is more than a book on gardening history. Here, the reader will discover how to recreate period designs in her own garden, from making a no-fuss adobe-look wall from the Mission era to finding heirloom plants for a cottage garden. Redwoods and Roses is a blend of natural history, California history, plants profiles, landscaping tips, and sensible garden advice, as well as an eloquent plea for the preservation of many remarkable plants.

Earth Friendly Desert Gardening

Author : Cathy Cromell
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Regardless of your gardening experience, you can easily save money on utility bills, conserve water, reduce yard waste sent to landfills, and create a low-maintenance landscape that is in balance with its natural surroundings. Earth-Friendly Desert Gardening shows how to: Lower utility bills by locating plants where they moderate the sun and wind. Reduce water consumption by choosing plants wisely and watering effectively. Make mulch and compost from yard waste. Manage insects without synthetic pesticides. Create a habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Maintain the quality of water supplies by reducing fertilizer and pesticide use. Earth-Friendly Desert Gardening also explains how to: Add edible plants to the landscape. Grow a low-allergen garden. Create defensible space before wildfire strikes. Direct thousands of gallons of rainwater to the landscape. Determine if a graywater system is right for you. The book's information is based on university research and is geared specifically to the unique growing conditions of the Sonoran Desert. The authors are life-long gardeners with years of experience growing plants in the low desert. They guide you through the complete process of creating a landscape from start to finish, covering site assessment, landscape design, plant selection, and plant maintenance. Book jacket.