If you've ever tried growing fruits or vegetables in the Southwest, you'll already know our unique circumstances present many challenges along with a myriad of opportunities. In Tucson, we have five growing seasons, so it's always a good time to get your garden started.
Who better to help us achieve success with our edibles than long-time Southwest gardening expert and local author Jacqueline Soule? Her tenth gardening book, Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, opens a new window, lays out the steps to creating a productive garden. First, you need to know what region you live in and how many frost free days you can expect. Certain varieties may never be suitable for your area, so it's better to know what will work for your climate before you start. Soule also helps with soil building, tool selection, and pest management. Soule covers fruit and nut trees, stone fruits, greens and herbs. She includes recommended varieties, planting instructions and tips on harvesting.