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Planting Calendar for the Low Desert of Arizona

Using a planting calendar for the low desert of Arizona and Maricopa County helps you be successful. Gardening in Arizona can be challenging, and a planting calendar takes the guesswork out of when to plant.

The low desert of Arizona is zone 9a, 9b and 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.

Using a planting calendar for the low desert of Arizona helps you be successful. A planting calendar takes the guesswork out of when to plant.

Use a vegetable planting calendar designed for the low desert of Arizona’s unique growing conditions

Planting crops at the right time is a crucial part of gardening. However, the best time to plant varies significantly by region. A big part of gardening success is learning the unique growing conditions of your area.

Each month lists the vegetables, fruits, herbs & flowers to plant in the low desert

Each month has a planting guide (letter boards) for the vegetables, herbs, and flowers to plant outside in the low desert of Arizona. (Note: not all months have all categories, only those that are best for planting.)

Low desert harvests are pictured for each month

The harvest guides are the harvest photos of what it is possible to harvest each month. Images are of actual harvests from my Arizona garden for each month.

Details about the fruit, herb, flower, and vegetable planting calendar for the low desert of Arizona

  • 11×14 wall or easel calendar
  • Full-color illustrations for each month of the year
  • Perpetual – does not expire, can be used year after year
  • 30-pound heavyweight paper
  • Archival, acid-free, elemental chlorine-free, and made of 30% recycled content

I don’t live in the low desert. Will this calendar work for me?

The low desert of Arizona is zone 9b. It includes Maricopa County. Our last average spring frost date is around February 15th. The first fall frost for our area is around December 2nd. Find your frost dates here.

We have several months of very high heat in the summer and mild winters. We average 320 days of sunshine per year, with temperatures at or above 100°F (38°C) for 100 of those days.

Our average rainfall per year is around 8 inches. We get about 36 days of rain a year.

If this seems similar to your climate, this planting calendar may work for you.

Do you plant from seed or transplant?

Wondering whether to plant seeds or transplants in the garden each month? Please refer to my planting guides for whether to plant outside from seed or transplant for the items listed.

Click on the image to go to the guide.

Perpetual Flower Planting Calendar for Zone 9B

Flowers to Plant Outside & Seeds to Start Indoors Each Month in the Low Desert of Arizona.
PLANTING GUIDE: Each month lists annual flowers and bulbs to plant outside & seeds to start indoors.
BLOOMING GUIDE: Photos show what may be in bloom that month.

Seed Box Labels with planting dates for vegetables and flowers

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Sunday 10th of July 2022

I love your information and your videos, I live in Florence, AZ. I don't know if this is considered the low desert or not it is in Pinal county it used to be all farmland and citrus groves around here but has been mostly plowed under for housing. Any way I am trying to start container growing, so far I am having success with a Moringa tree, in the ground but most things I have tried to grow in the ground have been a fail. I have a very happy sweet potato plant in a 5 gal bucket, and I am trying to grow a jalapeno plant but it seems to be going pretty slow. I will keep plugging along and following your guidance and suggestions. thank you for all you do, I think your garden is beautiful.

Angela Judd

Tuesday 19th of July 2022

Best of luck to you. Sweet potatoes are a great choice.