Gardening and landscaping is different in the low desert! If you've ever read an interesting idea in a nationally distributed gardening book or magazine, then gone out in your back yard in July to try it out, you already know what we mean. Most of the literature available is written for middle America. When they tell you about growing tomatoes in June, its already too late in the low desert. Also, the landscape ornamentals familiar to gardeners in other areas are very different from the beautiful desert plants we have available.
What's different about growing plants in the low desert? Just about everything. Alkaline soil, extreme summer heat - which means you can't grow "summer" vegetables or flowers at the same time as folks "back home". Our glorious springs and falls are optimum gardening seasons. We also enjoy long, mild winters, which offers some surprising gardening opportunities.
The Horticultural Communicator was a bimonthly newsletter published by the Maricopa County Master Gardeners between 1992 and 1999. This newsletter was packed with information for our unique climate and soils and featured articles by university faculty, professional horticulturists and experienced Master Gardeners. We think you'll appreciate this high quality newsletter's local emphasis.
Historic editions of The Horticultural Communicator are now available in PDF format! The PDF files will require that you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to view the document. You can download a free copy of Acrobat Reader.
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