Low Desert of Arizona Garden in August
What grows in low desert Arizona gardens in August? I’ll show you. All of these pictures come from my garden in Mesa, Arizona.
We garden year-round in many parts of Arizona, but we can’t grow everything all year. Take a look at what’s growing this month, and let me know in the comments what’s growing in your garden.
What to do in your Low desert Arizona garden in August:
- Prepare your Arizona garden in August for fall planting by removing spent summer-heat loving vegetables and vegetables that are past their prime.
- If monsoon conditions exist, consider a “monsoon planting”. August is a great time for a monsoon planting of several summer vegetables to take advantage of the rain and higher humidity of the monsoon season. Monsoon planting can yield harvests in September and October.
- Prepare the soil and your garden for fall planting by adding fresh compost to the soil.
- See my “Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Garden” to get started on your garden if you are a first timer or are looking for a few tips.
Low desert Arizona garden beds in August
Gaillardia is a perennial wildflower that can grow nearly year round in Arizona.
Very easy to grow from seed. Remove spent blooms and harvest seeds to spread around yard if desired.
Zinnias are a heat loving flower best grown from seed. There are so many varieties to choose from. Cut faded blooms to encourage more flowers. You can continue to plant zinnias in your Arizona garden in August.
Low Desert Arizona fruit trees in August
Lemons begin to ripen. Harvest the lemons as needed. They will continue to ripen over the next several months. Flavor is best right after picking. Lemons can be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks, but it’s best to leave lemons on the tree until needed.
Watch pomegranate trees for leaf-footed bugs. Remove by hand and discard severely damaged fruit. Clean up dropped fruit.
Low Desert Arizona herbs in August
Herbs may look a little spent. Continue to harvest as needed but wait until September to give them a good trim and decide if you want to replant.
Fennel is flowering and going to seed. The bees and other pollinators love it.
Low Desert Arizona Garden in August To-Do List
- Get garden beds ready for planting by adding compost and a balanced organic fertilizer.
- Refresh containers with additional potting soil. Organic matter decomposes and needs to be replenished. I love this soil mix for raised beds and containers.
- Remove spent artichoke heads to save the seeds.
- Harvest I’itoi onions.
- Save sunflower seeds.
- Deadhead annual flowers (cut off spent blooms).
- Apply last round of fertilizer to citrus between August and September. Water well the day before you fertilize and again after fertilizing. August is the time for the third application of citrus fertilizer. Fertilize citrus on or around Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day each year.
- Evaluate plants around yard. If they are overly stressed, check watering and shade/sun conditions. Consider moving or replanting in another spot later in the fall to improve conditions.
- Contain the urge to plant landscape plants if possible; planting in September is a much better time to plant landscape plants.
- Continue to mulch plants.
- Cut back perennials by ⅓ to clean up and encourage new growth.
- Water plants twice as deep as normal once this month to leech salts from soil around plants roots.
- Plan your wildflower garden for fall.
- Spray off plants with water about once a week to control spider mites
What to plant in low desert Arizona in August
- Plant transplants of peppers and tomatoes at the beginning of the month. Provide shade for newly planted tomatoes if possible.
- The following can all be started from seed this month in Arizona: Beans, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collard Greens, Corn, Cucumbers, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard, Green Onions, Summer Squash and Turnips.