Do you dream of cooking with your own home-grown fresh herbs? Planting an herb garden can be a fun family project that results in some delicious dishes. However, herb gardens need extra care to thrive under the hot Arizona sun. The first step is to select the right herbs that can do well in desert conditions.
Which Herbs to Choose
You may want to talk to a professional landscaper for advice on choosing the right plants for your garden. Landscapers understand the unique needs of each plant, including its drought tolerance and nutrient needs. In general, however, the following herbs can be successfully grown in a desert garden:
Note that there are two main varieties of rosemary. Upright rosemary will grow in a bush that can get about as high as your hip. Creeping rosemary, also called groundcover rosemary, stays closer to the ground. Either kind of rosemary will be exceptionally hardy, making it a good choice for novice gardeners.
When to Plant Them
Many people think of springtime as being the best time to plant a garden. However, if you’re just getting started with growing herbs, it’s actually best to wait until October. In the desert region, herbs can more readily tolerate the heat and drought conditions after they are already established.
Where to Plant Them
Even if you plan to plant your herbs in the ground eventually, it may be best to start them in one- gallon containers. You’ll be able to move the pots close together and throw a tarp over them to protect them if frost is in the forecast. When your herb garden finds a permanent home, look for a shady, sheltered area. If you have an irrigation system, you should plant the herbs within its reach, as they will need plenty of water during the summer.
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