As early spring and better weather fill the air, many Sedona locals are ready to start working on their yards and gardens.
Gardening in Sedona is a little different than gardening in moister climates; and with the extreme temperature changes in the desert, some extra care is required. There are a number of garden clubs one can join to get the details of how to garden best in Sedona or even how to best landscape any yard.
According to the Garden.org, planting in Sedona can start as early as March 7 with crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. If possible, start seedlings indoors around February 8 and then transplant by March 29. The same applies to spinach and lettuce.
Earlier plants that can go into the ground, starting at the beginning of February, are onions, potatoes, as well as peas. More sensitive plants such tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants should be started indoors and then transplanted after the typical odd April snow.
Lastly, it’s time to plant the summer vegetables. Beans, cowpeas, corn, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers can be planted after the April snow or cold snap. The soil should be approaching about 60 degrees at this point and ready for your plants. You should plant garlic in the fall as well - about 3 to 4 inches deep, into the soil.
Come fall, your hope is to mature your crops before the winter frost sets in. This year we had a long warm winter and each year the weather will be different.
Buying your plants locally will most likely ensure a greater growth success. Purchasing local plants allow them to adapt early to the Verde Valley and Sedona climate. Cottonwood, only 15 minutes away from Sedona, has Verde River Growers. The staff at Verde River Growers are very helpful and can answer all of your questions about Sedona’s climate, planting gardens, fruit trees, and other landscape items. Verde River Growers is right along the Verde River and they grow their own trees and plants to sell.
Another option to collect more information is to contact your local College of Agriculture’s extension office. For Sedona, it is the Yavapai Extension office. The website for this office is full of information, including articles on what to plant, when to plant, how to prune, how to test your soil, and what grows best according to where you live and what the conditions are around your property.
Living in Sedona isn’t just about the views, it is also about quality living. If you love gardening, we hope this gives you a great start.
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