The Southwest region includes California, southern Nevada, Arizona and part of Utah. According to Mother Earth News, the top 10 crops for the Southwest region are:
Potato, Garlic, Cherry Tomato, Bulb Onion, Slicing Tomato, Carrot, Summer Squash, Snow/Snap pea, Paste Tomato and Sweet Pepper.
That doesn't mean that growing any other veggie will be difficult, only that these might be easier. I try to grow a little bit of everything!
Also according to Mother Earth News, planting time is February. Many of the varieties that are ready to grow in the Gulf Coast region are also ready to be planted in the Southwest region. Varieties include Beets, bok choy (pak choy), Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Chard, Eggplant, Fennel, Lettuce, Onions, peas, Peppers, Radish, Potatoes, green Onions, Spinach, Tomatoes and ALL Herbs.
My advice to anyone getting started:
-Plant Basil!!! It's easy
-More easy varieties are: lettuce, beets, radish, turnips and borage
-Try Peat Pellets for seed-starting made easy
-Plant more seeds than you think you'll need. Stuff happens!
-Take notes or keep a log of what works, what didn't work, questions and comments. Or blog about it!
|Borage is a companion plant for Tomatoes , Squash and more!|
Consider Companion Planting for natural pest control and healthy veggies.
Would you like more gardening info specific to your area?
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Veggie Gardening in the Southern US (Gulf Coast)