Blooming season is here!
With average temperatures in the high 70s, you might be getting the itch to get your hands in the dirt and do some spring planting. We asked Christine Fortman at Berridge Nurseries if she could share some Spring gardening tips.
What should we be planting in Arizona this time of year?
Now is the time to plant trees, shrubs, roses, vines, summer bulbs and bedding. It also might be a great time to add something new to your desert landscaping. If you’ve been eyeing agave or ocotillo, this is the perfect month to put these in.
For homeowners looking to put in a vegetable garden, what would you recommend?
If you’re ready to put in a home garden, don’t wait too long! You will want to plant your summer veggie seeds before it gets too hot – I recommend watermelon, okra, Armenian cucumber, asparagus beans and black-eye peas.
What can I do to refresh and renew flowers and flowering plants?
It’s time to prune! If you’re growing lantana, red bird of paradise or yellow dot, go ahead and cut these back to stumps. They won’t look so pretty in the near term, but pruning will help to provide regrowth in coming months. Likewise, if you have wilted roses hanging on to your bushes, snip these off with sharp shears at a 45-degree angle (also called “deadheading”) to bring on new flowers.