Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, 2nd Edition Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles for Arizona, Nevada & New Mexico Gardens

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Pub. Date: 2022-03-15
Publisher(s): Cool Springs Press
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In this updated 2nd edition of Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, you’ll find much-needed advice and practical tips on growing an edible garden, no matter which part of the southwestern US you call home.

Growing in the Southwest isn’t easy. It’s either too hot or too cold and often very dry. The region hosts a range of soils and climate conditions that can be difficult for a gardener to navigate. That’s why this region-specific garden guide is a must-have for every Southwestern gardener!

Botanist Jacqueline Soule simplifies the ins and outs of gardening in the Southwest and serves as your guide to success. Regardless of whether you’re tending an in-ground plot, a small container garden, or a series of raised beds, Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is an invaluable resource. You’ll find:
  • Detailed profiles of over 60 edible plants that thrive in the region’s distinctive growing conditions, including favorites like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, summer squash, hot peppers, and pomegranates—plus popular herbs
  • Information on soil preparation, starting seeds, fertilizer tips, and more
  • Techniques for safely managing the Southwest’s most troublesome vegetable garden pests
  • Helpful planting tips to keep you on track
  • Garden maintenance advice to ensure a lush, productive, and high-yielding garden
Regardless of whether you’re a first-time grower or an experienced Master Gardener, the modern varieties and well-researched gardening information found here will have you going from seed to harvest with confidence and know-how.

Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is part of the regional Fruit & Vegetable Gardening series from Cool Springs Press. Other books in the series include CaliforniaFruit & Vegetable Gardening, Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, TexasFruit & Vegetable Gardening, and many others.

Author Biography

Jacqueline A. Soule is a botanist and garden writer from Tucson. She has developed strong expertise as a gardener in the Southwest. As a garden writer, Soule has contributed more than a thousand gardening columns for local, regional, and national newspapers and magazines, and she has written or been the technical writer for numerous gardening books. Soule teamed up with the Tierra del Sol Institute to develop its Arizona Gardening Series, consisting of Butterfly Gardening in Southern Arizona and Success With Succulents. She is the author of Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening (Cool Springs Press). When she’s not writing gardening columns or books, Soule is a speaker and educator, offering a wide array of plant-related workshops, classes, and other programs throughout southern Arizona, including through OASIS Tucson. She loves to landscape with plants that require as little care as possible. Many of the plants in her books were test grown in her own yard. Learn more about her work at

Table of Contents

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Maps
CHAPTER 1 The Southwest Region
CHAPTER 2 Seasonal Gardening
CHAPTER 3 Building Great Soil
CHAPTER 4 Planning & Planting Your Garden
CHAPTER 5 Growing Your Garden Garden Maintenance Activities
CHAPTER 6 Fruit & Nut Gardening
CHAPTER 7 Vegetable & Herb Gardening
Cool-Season Gardening Tips & Tricks
Cool-Season Greens
Cool-Season Herbs
Warm-Season Gardening Tips & Tricks
Warm-Season Greens
Warm-Season Herbs
Photo Credits
Meet Jacqueline A. Soule

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