What to plant?
Now here's a question with a simple answer. Grow what you like to eat... and
what'll grow well South of Flagstaff.
I like salsa makings myself.
- Sweet onions
In addition, some other vegetable garden favorites deserve
- Green beans
- Green onions
The list could go on and on, but the space available
and growing season for
vegetable gardening is often limited.
Buy plants or start from seed?
Our short growing season around Flagstaff often dictates the varieties of vegetables we use. Planting
varieties that bear quicker, plus some that bear a little slower extend the
fresh veggie season for us.
The Flagstaff vegetable gardening season can
be extended by starting seeds or plants indoors. Another strategy that extends the garden bounty is to stagger planting
times... a few plants this week, several more in a couple of weeks.
Finding the plants and seeds early
The local suppliers do not have the vegetable plants and seeds you need to get
started early. I've found two answers for that problem. The first one is the
internet. You can use
the Google search box below and enter a keyword phrase such as vegetable seeds
or herb seeds to find ads for on-line suppliers.
other answer? Drive down to Sedona or Cottonwood to buy plants and seeds when
their growing season starts.
with non-hybrid seeds is very satisfying to many. My personal problem with
these suppliers, is their "package deals only." I do not want 12
varieties of tomatoes.
All of these strategies can help keep your garden producing. You
just need to be sure you have enough plants in together to facilitate
Greenhouses and such
Greenhouses, cold frames, and similar devices can be purchased as kits or home
built from scratch. Books and other information is available on-line, naturally.
Use the Google search box above and enter a keyword phrase such as gardening greenhouse kit
or gardening cold frame kit to see many ads and other resources on
Rotation by family
One of the big advantages of vegetable gardening in smaller plots is it facilitates crop rotation.
If you grow tomatoes and peppers (same family) in a strip beside
the house, you should grow them in another location next year, say in a strip
beside the driveway. You can grow squash or another crop family where you had the
tomatoes and peppers last time.
Crop rotation should be done by plant
family , not just by plant.
Preparation and amendments
Prepare the bed ahead of time. It's a good idea to continually build up the
soil. At the end of the season you could add manure and
turn it under. It’ll have several months to break down and add nutrients to
Fertilize as needed during the growing season. The proper amount
of food, water, and light are the fuels powering your garden.
Sun and shade
Some plants demand full sun and thrive with the hot sun beating down. Other
plants need filtered sunlight or partial shade. You must give them what they
want. A portable frame and shade screen work well for sun tender plants.
She Begs To Differ
I recently received this email from a
I beg to differ
with you on gardening - I have been gardening in Flagstaff and Blue
ridge for 30 years and have always had a harvest. The local nurseries do
carry appropriate varities of veggies. I grow successfully tomatoes,
chilies, squash (both winter and summer) eggplant, early spring veggies,
and herbs. Not corn takes to much water. Yes sometimes you do have to
provide protection but you CAN garden successfully in Flagstaff. Anybody
reading your website will get the idea that you cannot veggie garden in
Flagstaff, it just takes a little more work thats all. Flagstaff has a
wonderful master gardener program and its members are aalways willing to
share info and tips. Look for their articles on gardening in the Flag
Vegetable gardening South of Flagstaff certainly is possible!
visitor received a message that I did not intend to deliver. My message is that
you can grow vegetables and herbs at high altitude... if we adapt and
make the extra effort.
Eating and canning
Probably the main attraction of raising your own vegetables is that home grown,
garden fresh taste. A close second is the enhanced nutritional value. No store or even a farmer's market can beat it!
If you have the growing space and ambition you can raise
vegetables and can them. Many like the home processed, healthy, no chemicals
added, good taste and cost savings. Of course those cost savings come after the
first year, when you buy the jars and other canning supplies.
Flagstaff vegetable gardening suppliers
include Home Depot and Wal-Mart. On-line suppliers have better selections of seeds,
plants, books, and many other vegetable gardening products. You can find
suppliers by using the Google search box below and a keyword phrase like gardening supplies
or vegetable seeds, or herb seeds.
You can also grow herbs indoors and out, and they're
Additional herb information is available to you. Try running a Google search using
a keyword phrase such as vegetable nutrition facts or medicinal herbs.
The Herb Companion
is a good herb magazine.
Flagstaff vegetable gardening can be done
successfully, by you and your neighbors!
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