Gardening Patterns

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I just wanted to share that I live in one of the hottest parts of the country (Southern Arizona) and I first started gardening in the spring of this year. I was pleasantly surprised to find that some of my plants survived and thrived in the hottest part of the summer (we got up to 107 degrees for many days in a row) and never stopped producing. I had the most success with my peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, and cantaloupes. I provided my peppers and eggplants with some shade during the hottest parts of the day, but not the cucumbers or cantaloupes. My tomatoes, on the other hand, did not do as well, but I did not shade them as they were over 8 feet tall and I was not able to build something to protect them in time. Next year I will try to do better with them. I just wanted to let you know that even in extreme heat it is possible to garden all summer!

  2. Emily says:

    Rachel–good question. One way that a greenhouse would change gardening is that you would be able to start plants indoors to transplant outside–but you would still follow the color dates for this. You can’t really start things sooner, because there is an ideal size for transplanting–big enough to tolerate the weather but small enough to still be movable and nor root bound.

    Another way is to grow foods entirely in the greenhouse, in which case the color dates would not necessarily apply. I have never grown plants this way, so I can’t speak to it very well. Perhaps someone else has, and will comment?

  3. Rachel says:

    How should I adjust my color group or growing pattern if I build a green house?