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Just a very quick post today with two of my favorite gardening photos. I am hoping I will have enough energy to have a garden this fall which is the best gardening season for Arizona. Cool winter gardening means spinach, Swiss chard, onions, radishes, beets, carrots, cabbage and many more that I can't remember off the top of my head.
My favorite place to buy seeds is from Pinetree Seeds. I love poring over their seed catalog and reading all the wonderful descriptions.
I typically do square foot gardening, and my favorite book on this subject is by Duane Newcomb: The Backyard Vegetable Factory: Super Yields from Small Spaces. I like this book better than the other famous square foot gardening guy because I cannot follow much of that guy's books because we are in Arizona and just can't follow the same ideas.
Mr. Newcomb's book helped me to have my first successful garden – before that I thought I had a black thumb!
So typically I do not have huge harvests throughout the season, but as the end of the season nears and the temperatures begin to rise as the summer approaches, I will harvest everything I can find in the garden and put together some garden art as you can see in the two photos above.
I do great the first three seasons (fall, winter and spring) but by the time the next season rolls around the critters are all highly aware that I have a garden going and even though my garden looks like Fort Knox they find a way in and attack my vegetables. It is so frustrating and such hard work that I give up easily since I don't have enough energy to fight them. It is mostly gophers and round tailed ground squirrels.
Here is a video of round tailed ground squirrels, they are cute little buggers.
Do you garden? What kinds of critters plague your area?