Gardening in Warm Climates
This section is for those of you who live in climates with no frost dates, or very early Spring frost dates and very late Fall frost dates. Truth be told, I envy you because you can garden year round (or nearly so!), but since most planting schedules are based on frost date, my Planting by Color system may or may not work for you. Even if you live in a place where there is no frost, you may still fit into a color group.
Arizona experiences such a range of temperatures and conditions. Many areas have extreme heat in the summer, and some have freezing temperatures during the winter.
If you live in Arizona you may be able to follow my Planting By Color schedule, but it’s likely that you can grow more vegetables longer than will be listed. I strongly suggest finding a planting guide specific to your area.
- Maricopa County Planting Guide–here is a guide for Maricopa county. It shows that you can grow semi-hardy and hardy vegetables from fall-winter-spring, tender vegetables in the spring and fall, and very-tender vegetables (mostly melons) throughout the summer.
- Tucson Planting Guide–this is organized differently, but the same rules apply. Grow very-tender vegetables throughout the summer, tender vegetables in spring and fall, and hardy and semi-hardy vegetables from fall-winter-spring.
- Mohave County Guide–Has lots of advice, and a suggested schedule depending on your elevation.
- Arizona Extension Website
Like Arizona, the southern areas of California can get too hot to grow a lot of vegetables during the summer. Here are some approximate color groups, as well as a detailed planting schedule.
- North and North Coast (Monterey County and north)–Orange Group
- Interior Valleys (Sacramento, San Joaquin, and similar)–Red Group
- South Coast (San Luis Obispo County and south)–Pink Group
- California Planting Guide
- California Extension Website
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If you still don’t find a color group, hopefully you’ve found the information you need for a successful garden.