I have been living in Phoenix Arizona for the past 27 years. Yes it hot here six months of the year (or at least it feels that way to me.)
I have always loved all kinds of greenery, flowers, etc. but i have been known to have a very black thumb. When I was a child, I remember fruit and vegetables have such a great flavor. Now when I buy them in the store they are flavorless. I really want to change that. I have always wanted to have a garden, grow my own vegetables, herbs. But I have always been confused about the growing seasons in Arizona, I grew up in the Midwest where you had definite seasons, but here in Phoenix when do you plant what? and then I was confused as to what really can grow here in Phoenix? I started within the last year searching urban gardening. I was amazed that Arizona grows a lot of things I would have thought impossible. That leads to something called micro climate planting, so I want to incorporate this as well into my garden.
My journey is going to be, transposing my front yard into a edible garden, when I say edible I mean trees, leaves, flowers, vegetables, fruit, everything will be edible. I know this project will not be quick or easy. I have many things that I need to accomplish. First thing is my front yard is all rock and cactus. So my first and hardest step will be to get rid of all the rock and clear out all the desert style plants, I know the easy way would be to hire someone to take it all away but if you are like me I work paycheck to paycheck so I don’t have extra money to throw at this project . I can do with some hard labor, plus like my son said, who needs a gym to work out when you can have something to show for your workout than just walking on a treadmill. As I do all this I will be posting pictures of the progression of my journey.