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Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide: A Visual Guide for Low Desert Vegetables

Vegetable Planting Guide: A Visual Planting Guide for Low Desert Vegetables

Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide: A Visual Guide for Low Desert Vegetables


Growing a vegetable garden in Arizona is both rewarding and challenging. This Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide provides planting dates and crucial information for growing over 50 different vegetables in the low desert of Arizona.

The low desert of Arizona includes cities in and around Phoenix, including Glendale, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Peoria, Apache Junction, Buckeye, Fountain Hills, Tolleson, Surprise, Sun City, Queen Creek, and Goodyear.

Growing seasons in Arizona are short, and timing is critical when planting. Use this Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide to learn when to plant, and whether to plant seeds or transplants. When you plant at the correct time, seeds will sprout and transplants will become established in the optimal conditions for each plant.

With pictures and planting dates for over 50 vegetables that grow well in the low desert of Arizona, you are sure to find one to try. 

Be sure to check out the end of this Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide for links to articles about common questions about growing a vegetable garden in Arizona. 


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Click on a vegetable to go directly to that vegetable:



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Would you like the low-desert outdoor planting dates for vegetables, herbs, and flowers in a convenient calendar? 

*PLANTING GUIDE: Each month has a planting guide (letter boards) for the vegetables, herbs, and flowers to plant outside in the low desert of Arizona. 

*HARVEST GUIDE: Harvest guides are the harvest photos of what it is possible to harvest each month. 


Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide: A Visual Guide for Low Desert Vegetables


Amaranth

How to grow amaranth in the low desert of Arizona:

  • Grows best from seed
  • Plant outside: March – April, and again in July
  • Harvest leaves as needed and cut the seed-heads with stems for drying to collect seeds. 
  • Leaves are high in protein. 

Armenian Cucumber

How to grow Armenian cucumbers in the low desert of Arizona:

  • Grows best from seed or transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: October 15 – January 15
  • Plant seeds outside: November – Dec. 15th
  • Plant transplants outside: January 15 – March
  • Don’t rush to plant in the spring; Armenian cucumbers prefer warm temperatures. Heat tolerance is their number one attribute; high temperatures do not stress these plants.

Read this article for more information about how to grow Armenian cucumbers


Artichokes

How to grow artichokes in the low desert of Arizona:

How to grow artichokes - 5 tips for growing artichokes #gardening #artichoke #arizonagardening
  • Grows best from transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: October 15 – January 15
  • Plant seeds outside: November – Dec. 15th
  • Plant transplants outside: January 15 – March
  • Time to harvest: 4 – 6 months
  • Buds are edible when harvested young (before opening and developing into flowers). 
  • At the end of flowering, plants should be cut down to ground and mulched heavily. Plants normally come back each year.

Read this article for more information about how to grow artichokes


Arugula

How to grow arugula in the low desert of Arizona:

How to grow Arugula
  • Grows best from seed
  • Start seeds indoors: September – January
  • Plant seeds outside: September – January
  • Plant transplants outside: October – February
  • Prolonged warm temperatures cause arugula to bolt and become bitter.
  • Harvest outer leaves using cut-and-come-again method to allow additional harvests.
  • Arugula tolerates a little frost.

Read this article for more information about how to grow arugula.


Asparagus

How to grow asparagus in the low desert of Arizona:

How to Grow Asparagus
  • Asparagus grows quickest from 2 year old roots; can also start from seeds or transplants
  • Start seeds indoors: August – November
  • Plant outside: November – February 15
  • Time to harvest: 1 – 2 years

Read this article for more information about how to grow asparagus


Beans (Lima)

How to grow lima beans in the low desert of Arizona:

Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide- When to plant lima beans in Arizona
  • Grows best from seed directly sown in the garden.
  • Plant outside: March 15 – April 15
  • Time to harvest: 60 – 100 days
  • Lima beans prefer warm but not hot temperatures, and may begin producing once temperatures drop in the fall.

Beans (Snap)

How to grow snap beans in the low desert of Arizona:

How to grow beans in Arizona
  • Grows best from seed directly sown in the garden.
  • Plant outside: March 15 – April 15 and July 15 – September 15
  • Time to harvest: 60 – 90 days
  • Harvest beans when they are small and tender. Picking beans often encourages more bean production.

Read this article for more information about how to grow beans.


Beans (Tepary)

How to grow tepary beans in the low desert of Arizona:

Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide- When to plant tepary beans in Arizona
  • Grows best from seed directly sown in the garden.
  • Plant outside: March and July 15 – 30 (monsoon season)
  • Time to harvest: around 100 days
  • Tepary beans have been grown in the Sonoran Desert for hundreds of years.
  • Do not overwater. 
  • Harvest when pods are dry.

Beans (Yardlong)

How to grow yardlong beans in the low desert of Arizona:

The key to successful gardening during the heat of summer is knowing what and when to plant. The climate in the low desert of Arizona and other hot areas will burn up many vegetables commonly thought of as summer vegetables.
  • Grows best from seed directly sown in the garden.
  • Plant outside: March 15 – July 15
  • Time to harvest: 60 – 90 days
  • Yardlong beans tolerate heat and humidity better than snap bean varieties.
  • Also called asparagus beans or Chinese-longbeans.

Read this article for more information about how to grow yardlong beans


Beets

How to grow beets in the low desert of Arizona:

How to Grow Beets: 7 Tips for Growing Beets #gardentips #gardening #howtogrowbeets #beets
  • Grows best from seed directly sown in the garden. But can be carefully transplanted when young.
  • Start seeds indoors: August – January
  • Plant outside: September 15 – February 15
  • Time to harvest: 60 – 80 days
  • Beets tolerate a little frost.
  • Beet thinnings can be carefully transplanted.
  •  Plant beet seeds every few weeks for a continual harvest. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow beets


Black-eyed Peas (Cowpeas)

How to grow black-eyed peas in the low desert of Arizona:

  • Grows best from seed directly sown in the garden.
  • Plant outside: April – August
  • Also called cowpeas.

Read this article for more information about how to grow black-eyed peas.


Bok Choy

How to grow bok choy in the the low desert of Arizona:

How to Grow Cabbage: 10 Tips for Growing Cabbage #gardentips #gardening #howtogrowcabbage #cabbage
  • Grows best from seed or transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: August 15 – January
  • Plant seeds outside: August 15 – January
  • Plant transplants outside: October – February
  • Time to harvest: 45 days
  • Bok Choy likes cool temperatures.
  • A light frost improves the flavor of Bok Choy. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow Bok Choy


Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide: A Visual Guide for Low Desert Vegetables (continued)


Broccoli

How to grow broccoli in the low desert of Arizona:

Arizona Garden in January#gardening #garden #arizonagarden #Januarygarden #gardeninginarizona #desertgarden
  • Grows best from seed or transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: August 15 – December
  • Plant seeds outside: August 15 – December
  • Plant transplants outside: October – January
  • In many varieties, smaller side shoots will form after main head is harvested.

Time to harvest: 

  • Seed: 120 – 130 days
  • Transplants: 80 – 90 days

Read this article for more information about how to grow broccoli


Brussels Sprouts

How to grow Brussels sprouts in the low desert Arizona:

How to grow Brussels Sprouts in Arizona
  • Grows best from transplant in the low desert of Arizona.
  • Start seeds indoors: July 15 – October 
  • Plant seeds outside:  August 15 – November
  • Plant transplants outside: September – November
  • Time to harvest: 100 – 120 days
  • Once buds form, if temperatures are beginning to climb or if you want to harvest all the Brussels sprouts at one time, pinch off the rosette (growing tip at the top of plant) about a month before the desired harvest. This directs the plant’s energy to increasing the size of the buds and they will develop all at once.

Read this article for more information about how to grow Brussels sprouts


Cabbage

How to grow cabbage in the low desert of Arizona:

How to Grow Cabbage: 10 Tips for Growing Cabbage #gardentips #gardening #howtogrowcabbage #cabbage
  • Grows best from seed or transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: August 15 – December
  • Plant seeds outside: August 15 – December
  • Plant transplants outside: October – January
  • Cabbage will not form a head but will instead split or bolt if exposed to too much heat or severe frost.

Time to harvest: 

  • Seed: 120 – 130 days
  • Transplants: 80 – 90 days

Read this article for more information about how to grow cabbage. 


Cantaloupe

How to grow cantaloupe in the low desert of Arizona:

How to Grow Cantaloupe: 9 Tips for Growing Cantaloupe
  • Grows best from seed if soil is warm enough.
  • Start seeds indoors: January 15 – June 
  • Plant outside: February 15 – July
  • Time to harvest: 80 – 120 days
  • Can be started indoors, but do not let seedlings become pot bound.
  • Try growing native-adapted varieties from Native Seeds Search.

Read this article for more information about how to grow cantaloupe.


Carrots

How to grow carrots in the low desert of Arizona:

Five Tips For Growing Carrots #growingcarrots #howtogrowcarrots #organicgarden #carrots #howto #gardening #quicktips #organicgardening
  • Grows best from seed. DO NOT USE TRANSPLANTS.
  • Plant outside: August – March
  • Time to harvest: 60 – 100 days
  • Thin carrot seedlings for good-sized carrots.
  • Harvest carrots before the heat of the summer; the heat turns them bitter. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow carrots.


Cauliflower

How to grow cauliflower in the low desert of Arizona:

How to successfully Grow Cauliflower
  • Grows best from seed or transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: August 15 – December
  • Plant seeds outside: August 15 – December
  • Plant transplants outside: October – January
  • To grow cauliflower successfully, it needs at least 2 months of cool weather (60 degrees is ideal) to mature. 

Time to harvest:

  • Seed: 120 – 130 days
  • Transplants: 90 – 100 days

Read this article for more information about how to grow cauliflower. 


Celery

How to grow celery in the low desert of Arizona:

Growing celery in the garden is convenient and delicious #howtogrowcelery #celery #garden #growcelery
  • Grows best from transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: July – September
  • Plant seeds outside: August 15 – December
  • Plant transplants outside: September 15 – December
  • Time to harvest: 120 – 150 days
  • Harvest individual stalks of celery as needed rather than cutting off the entire base. 
  • Celery can also be grown with the cut-off base of grocery store celery.

Read this article for more information about how to grow celery


Corn

How to grow corn in the low desert of Arizona:

corn
  • Grows best from seed
  • Plant outside: February 15 – April 15 and July 15 – August
  • Time to harvest: 70 – 90 days
  • Plant corn in blocks rather than rows to encourage pollination. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow corn


Cucamelon

How to grow cucamelons in the low desert of Arizona:

How to grow cucamelons
  • Grows best from transplant in the low desert of Arizona
  • Start seeds indoors: January – March and July 15 – August
  • Plant transplants outside: February 15 – April and August 15 – September
  • Time to harvest: 65 – 75 days
  • Can be tricky to grow in Arizona. If you have trouble getting plant to grow, try starting seeds indoors.
  • Also called Mexican sour gherkin and Mouse Melon.
  • Plants may form tubers, which can be over-wintered.

Read this article for more information about how to grow cucamelons


Cucumber

How to grow cucumbers in the low desert of Arizona:

Growing cucumbers in Arizona
  • Grows best from seed
  • Start seeds indoors: January – March and July 15 – August
  • Plant outside: February 15 – April and August 15 – September
  • Time to harvest: 60 – 90 days
  • For spring planting, choose short-season varieties that will ripen before the hottest days of summer. Arizona summer heat makes cucumbers bitter. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow cucumbers


Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide: A Visual Guide for Low Desert Vegetables (continued)


Edamame

How to grow edamame in the the low desert of Arizona:

Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide- When to plant edamame in Arizona
  • Grows best from seed
  • Plant outside: March 15 – April
  • Days to harvest: 75 – 110 days
  • Harvest pods as soon as they are plump and still bright green. Once pods turn yellow, the consistency and flavor deteriorates rapidly.

Eggplant

How to grow eggplant in the low desert of Arizona:

Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide- When to plant eggplants in Arizona
  • Grows best from transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: December 15 – January and May 1 – June
  • Plant transplants outside: March and July 15 – August 15
  • Time to harvest: 70 – 120 days 

Read this article for more information about how to grow eggplant. 


Garlic

How to grow garlic in the low desert of Arizona:

  • Planted from cloves
  • Soft-neck varieties grow best in the low desert of Arizona
  • Plant during the month of October
  • Time to harvest: 5 – 7 months
  • Place whole cloves in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator 6 weeks before planting. Vernalization helps ensure correct bulb formation.

Read this article for more information about how to grow garlic


Ground Cherries

How to grow ground cherries in the low desert of Arizona:

Arizona Fruit Planting Guide
  • Grows best from transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: December 15 – January and May 15 – June 
  • Plant transplants outside: February 15 – March  and July 15 – August 15
  • Ground cherry plants are sprawling and grow wide. Allow 2 – 3 feet between each plant. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow ground cherries.


I’itoi Onions

How to grow I’itoi onions in the low desert of Arizona:

  • Grows best from bulbs
  • Plant from September – December
  • Harvest greens as needed; harvest bulbs when desired size. 
  • I’itoi onions thrive in the Sonoran Desert’s difficult growing conditions. One bulb becomes 8 or 10 bulbs, which in turn become more bulbs. You will be amazed how quickly these bulbs multiply.

Read this article for more information about how to grow I’itio onions


Kale

How to grow kale in the low desert of Arizona:

Best Vegetables for Container Gardening
  • Grows best from seed or transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: August 15 – December
  • Plant seeds outside: August 15 – December
  • Plant transplants outside: October – January
  • Time to harvest: 60 – 90 days
  • For a continual harvest, harvest only the outer leaves of kale (known as the cut-and-come-again method). 

Read this article for more information about how to grow kale


Kohlrabi

How to grow kohlrabi in the low desert of Arizona:

How to grow kohlrabi - tips for growing kohlrabi
  • Grows best from seed or transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: September 15 – December
  • Plant seeds outside: August 15 – November
  • Plant transplants outside: October 15 – January
  • Time to harvest: 45 – 60 days
  • Kohlrabi tastes best when harvested small and before the weather gets hot. Begin harvesting when bulbs are about 2 inches wide. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow kohlrabi.


Leek

How to grow leeks in the low desert of Arizona:

How to Grow Leeks: 8 Tips for Growing Leeks
  • Grows best from seed or transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: August 15 – November
  • Plant seeds outside: August 15 – October 15
  • Plant transplants outside in January
  • Time to harvest: 120 -150 days
  • Densely plant seeds and then thin and replant seedlings 6 – 8 inches deep and 4 – 6 inches apart; or plant from transplant. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow leeks. 


Lettuce / Endive

How to grow lettuce / endive in the low desert of Arizona:

Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide- When to plant lettuce in Arizona
  • Grows best from seed or transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: August 15 – January 15
  • Plant seeds outside: August 15 – January 
  • Plant transplants outside: September 15 – Feb. 15
  • Time to harvest: 50 – 100 days depending on variety
  • For a continual harvest, harvest only the outer leaves of lettuce (known as the cut-and-come-again method). 
  • Warm temperatures cause lettuce to bolt.

Read this article for more information about how to grow lettuce.


Luffa

How to grow luffa in the low desert of Arizona:

Summer squash varieties - 8 types to grow and enjoy
  • Grows best from seed
  • Start seeds indoors: January 15 – March 15 and July 15 – August 15
  • Plant outside: Feb 15 – April 15 and August 15 – September 15
  • Time to harvest: At least 120 days when harvested as a sponge, usually much longer.
  • Once gourd is longer than 6 inches, the insides become fibrous and it is too tough to eat. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow luffa


Malabar Spinach

How to grow Malabar spinach in the low desert of Arizona:

The 'Basella alba' variety has green leaves, white flowers and green vines.
  • Grows best from seed or transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: January 15 – April
  • Plant outside: March – May
  • Although Malabar spinach tolerates hot Arizona summers, it is a tropical plant and needs consistent moisture throughout the growing season. For best flavor, keep soil evenly moist. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow Malabar spinach.


Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide: A Visual Guide for Low Desert Vegetables (continued)


Okra

How to grow okra in the low desert of Arizona:

How to grow Okra - 7 tips for delicious okra
  • Grows best from seed
  • Start seeds indoors: February – April
  • Plant outside: March 15 – May
  • Time to harvest: 70 – 100 days
  • Good to know: Make it a point to harvest okra daily while it is producing; leaving pods on the plant slows or stops production.

This article shares more information about how to grow okra


Onions (Bulb)

How to grow bulb onions in the low desert of Arizona:

Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide- When to plant onions in Arizona
  • Grows best from seed or onion transplants (not sets)
  • Start seeds indoors: August – December 15
  • Plant seeds outside: September – November
  • Plant transplants outside:  November – February 15
  • Time to harvest: 7 – 8 months
  • Densely plant seeds and then thin and replant seedlings.
  • Onion sets commonly sold in stores have often dried out and will bolt (flower). 

Read this article for more information about how to grow onions


Onions (Green)

How to grow green onions in the low desert of Arizona:

How to Grow I'itoi Onions #howtogrowonions #iitoionion #gardening #heirloomvegetable
  • Grows best from seed
  • Plant from seeds outside: August – April
  • Time to harvest: 90 – 100 days
  • Good to know:  Harvest individual onions as needed. 

Parsnips

How to grow parsnips in the low desert of Arizona:

Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide- When to plant parsnips in Arizona
  • Grows best from seed. DO NOT USE TRANSPLANTS
  • Plant outside: September – November
  • Use fresh seeds each year.
  • Time to harvest: 100 – 120 days

Peanuts

How to grow peanuts in the low desert of Arizona:

How to grow to peanuts
  • Grows best from seed
  • Plant outside: March 15 – April
  • Time to harvest: 5 months
  • Good to know: The flowers of peanut plants are above ground, but the pods (shells) containing the seeds develop underground. 

Peas

How to grow peas in the low desert of Arizona:

Peas: Planting, Growing and Harvesting Peas - How to grow peas #peas #gardening #growingpeas
  • Grows best from seed
  • Plant outside: September 15 – February
  • Time to harvest: 60 – 150 days depending on when planted and variety
  • Good to know: Peas are sweetest when eaten fresh; the sugar in the peas turns to starch within hours of harvesting.

Read this article for more information about how to grow peas.


Peppers

How to grow peppers in the low desert of Arizona:

How to grow peppers - 7 tips for growing peppers #growingpeppers #howtogrowpeppers #gardeninginarizona #peppers
  • Grows best from transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: December 15 – January and May
  • Plant transplants outside: February 15 – March and July
  • Time to harvest: 90 – 120 days
  • Good to know: Start seeds indoors in late December or January for spring transplants.

Read this article for more information about how to grow peppers


Potatoes

How to grow potatoes in the low desert of Arizona:

How to Grow Potatoes in Containers

When to plant potatoes in Arizona:

  • January – February (harvesting in June or July)
  • September – October (harvest in late winter) 

Good to know:

  • Grows best from seed potatoes
  • Potatoes grow well in grow bags or containers.
  • If plants are killed by frost, harvest potatoes (no matter the size) within a week or two to keep them from rotting.
  • Time to harvest: 90 – 120 days

Read this article for more information about how to grow potatoes


Pumpkins

How to grow pumpkins in the low desert of Arizona:

Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide- When to plant pumpkins in Arizona
  • Grows best from seed
  • Start seeds indoors: February and June – July 15
  • Plant outside: March and July – August 15
  • Time to harvest: 90 – 120 days
  • Growing pumpkins require a lot of room and water. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow pumpkins.


Radishes

How to grow radishes in the low desert of Arizona:

How to grow Radishes #growingradishes #plantingradishes #radishes #gardening #gardeningtips
  • Grows best from seed. DO NOT PLANT TRANSPLANTS
  • Plant outside: September – March
  • Time to harvest: 40 – 60 days
  • Radishes sprout easily, grow quickly, and are a perfect first seed to grow for new or young gardeners.

Read this article for more information about how to grow radishes.


Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide: A Visual Guide for Low Desert Vegetables (continued)


Roselle Hibiscus

How to grow roselle hibiscus in the low desert of Arizona:

How to grow Roselle Hibiscus: Growing Jamaican Sorrel
  • Grows best from seed or transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: February – April
  • Plant outside: March 15 – May
  • Time to harvest: 120 – 180 days
  • Although the plants don’t bloom until fall, planting roselle earlier in the season ensures a large plant with plenty of blooms and calyces to harvest. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow roselle hibiscus


Spinach

How to grow spinach in the low desert of Arizona:

Spring Gardening in Arizona
  • Grows best from seed
  • Start seeds indoors: August – January  
  • Plant outside: September – February 15
  • Time to harvest: 40 – 90 days
  • Larger leaves can become bitter; don’t wait too long to harvest.
  • Harvest outer leaves (leaving inner leaves for continual harvest) or harvest the entire plant at once by cutting it off at the base.

Read this article for more information about how to grow spinach


Squash (Summer)

How to grow summer squash in the low desert of Arizona:

Summer squash varieties - 8 types to grow and enjoy
  • Grows best from seed
  • Start seeds indoors: January 15 – March 15 and July 15 – August 15
  • Plant outside: February 15 – April 15 and August 15 – September 15
  • Time to harvest: 60 – 90 days
  • If you are finding that female fruits are withering, hand-pollinate by transferring pollen from the male stamen to the female pistil.

Read this article for more information about how to grow summer squash


Squash (Winter)

How to grow winter squash in the low desert of Arizona:

How to Grow Winter Squash: 9 Tips for Growing Winter Squash
  • Grows best from seed
  • Start seeds indoors: February and June – July 15
  • Plant outside: March and July – August 15
  • Time to harvest: 90 – 120 days
  • Winter squash mature on the vine and can be stored indoors for several months. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow winter squash


Sweet Potatoes

How to grow sweet potatoes in the low desert of Arizona:

  • Grows best from slips – small pieces of rooted sweet potato vines grown from a sweet potato.
  • Start sweet potato slips indoors: January – April
  • Plant slips outside: March – June
  • Time to harvest: 120 – 160 days
  • Sweet potatoes need a long warm growing season, are heat tolerant and drought resistant, and have few pests or diseases.

Read this article for more information about how to grow sweet potatoes


Swiss Chard

How to grow Swiss chard in the low desert of Arizona:

Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide- When to plant swiss chard in Arizona
  • Grows best from seed or transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: August 15 – January
  • Plant seeds outside: August 15 – January
  • Plant transplants outside: September 15 – February 15
  • Time to harvest: 60 – 90 days
  • To harvest Swiss chard, cut off the outer leaves with a sharp pair of garden scissors 1½ to 2 inches above the ground while they are young and tender (about 8 to 12 inches long).

Read this article for more information about how to grow Swiss chard


Tomatillos

How to grow tomatillos in the low desert of Arizona:

Arizona Garden in October #gardening #garden #arizonagarden #octobergarden #gardeninginarizona #desertgarden
  • Grows best from transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: December 15 – January and May 15 – June 
  • Plant transplants outside: February 15 – March  and July 15 – August 15
  • Time to harvest: 80 – 100 days
  • Plants grow large and will need trellising.
  • Plant 2 to ensure pollination

Read this article for more information about how to grow tomatillos


Tomatoes

How to grow tomatoes in the low desert of Arizona:

How to grow tomatoes in Arizona - 10 tips for growing tomatoes #tomatoes #arizonagardening #howtogrowtomatoes
  • Grows best from transplant
  • Start seeds indoors: December 15 – January and May 15 – June 
  • Plant transplants outside: February 15 – March  and July 15 – August 15
  • Time to harvest: 50-120 days
  • Look for plants with a short (60-90) days to maturity.

Read this article for more information about how to grow tomatoes


Turnips

How to grow turnips in the low desert of Arizona:

How to Grow Turnips - 5 Tips for Growing Turnips
  • Grows best from seed. DO NOT USE TRANSPLANTS.
  • Plant outside: August 15 – February 15
  • Time to harvest: 90 – 120 days
  • Thin when plants are 4 inches tall. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow turnips. 


Watermelon

How to grow watermelon in the low desert of Arizona:

How to tell when watermelon is ripe
  • Grows best from seed
  • Plant outside:  February 15 – March
  • Time to harvest: 90 – 120 days
  • Watermelon leaves produce the sugars that sweeten the watermelon. Allow leaves to sprawl and grow; do not pinch off vines or leaves. 

Read this article for more information about how to grow watermelon.


Looking for more planting date information. The Fruit Planting Guide, Flower Planting Guide, and Herb Planting Guide are full of helpful details about when to plant here in the low desert of Arizona.


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The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Planting Calendar was a valuable resource as I learned to grow a vegetable garden in Arizona. I also used it as a reference in this Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide. 


If this Vegetable Planting Guide was helpful, please share it:

Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide: A Visual Guide for Low-Desert Vegetables

Otis Benn

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

Can I grow tangerines and green vegetables in Arizona?

Angela Judd

Wednesday 3rd of August 2022

Yes!

DW Benthin

Saturday 11th of December 2021

The Arizona zoning part was not clear in the picture. The information was helpful but would like more hands on input for the Arizona east central area such as Heber-Show Low-Eagar-Springerville-Nutroisis-Alpine area's.... Probably talk to the local yokels to learn their gardening success I would think ???

Angela Judd

Friday 17th of December 2021

Hi - These planting dates are more specific to the low desert of Arizona. Your dates would be a bit different. Check with your local county extension office, they may be able to help.

Liquid Carbon for Agriculture

Saturday 27th of November 2021

Great list! Might try some of it. Thank you for sharing us some information about each of the vegetables. I love that you made it is easy to navigate and easy to understand. Thanks again.