Harvesting in the Desert
I am an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Service Learning Program at Arizona
State University. I work with a school in South Phoenix, where we have
established 2 school and community gardens. Right now, I'm talking with the
teachers and finding out what plants and vegetables would be of interest to
their students to harvest. One teacher specifically mentioned planting
pumpkins. I have 3 packets of seeds of pumpkin seeds:
1) Lumina, 80-90 days harvest.
2) Jack Be Little, 95 days harvest.
3) Baby Bear, 105 days harvest.
I understand that if planted, the pumpkins will not arrive in time for
halloween and perhaps not even Thanksgiving. It would be nice, though. :)
I do not know if any of you are familiar with desert climates and soil
conditions. There is the possibility that I can plant gourds instead of
pumpkins, but I would love the challenge of growing pumpkins in the desert.
Also, I think it would be a valuable learning experience for the children.
Also, if any of you have recommendations about desert gardening, I would
love to hear your ideas. I have never dealt with gardening before, so this
is all quite new to me as well.
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