Desert Gardening: Fruits & Vegetables: The Complete Guide

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Hachette Books, Apr 22, 1991 - Gardening - 282 pages
An illustrated guide to growing plentiful fruits and vegetables in the driest of American climates
Wherever you live in the desert--up to 3,500-feet elevation--this guide is for you. Enjoy plentiful fruits and vegetables from your desert garden. Desert gardening expert George Brookbank will help you with your desert garden.
Two books in one . . . A tremendous reference tool you'll use all year 'round!
1. Complete how-to-do-it guide--Drip irrigation and watering
--How to prepare desert soil
--Which plant and tree varieties to choose
--Citrus: Watering, pruning, fertilizing
--New varieties for favorites: tomatoes, strawberries, grapes, melonsAnd the unusual . . .
Low-chill applesOriental vegetablesYard-long beans--New chapters on hydroponics and alternatives to poisonous chemicals
2. Week-by-week desert calendar--Learn how to work with the desert's short seasons, hot weather, insects, and soils--When to plant--When to prune
Over 650 photographs

Great for Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas!

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I bought this book when I moved out to Nevada. At that time there weren't a lot of desert gardening books around and I found this one very useful, though it dealt with gardening in Arizona, which has ... Read full review

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George is the Education Director for the Community Gardens of Tucson and we use his book in the garden as a primer for new gardeners and a reminder for more experienced gardeners.
Gardening in
the desert is quite different than gardening in most other places. Two seasons, the need to use a soil probe for determining soil moisture, and the need to conserve water add up to throw quite a curve ball to gardeners new to the arid weather gardening. The information in George's book allows gardeners to make a good swing at desert gardening. 

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About the author (1991)

George Brookbank started his professional career as an Agricultural Officer in Tanganyika Territory in Africa. Since 1971 he has been Extension Agent, Urban Horticulture, at the Extension Garden Center of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He writes a weekly column for the Tucson Daily Citizen, has a Saturday morning radio show on stations KFLT and KGVY and a weekly television program on Channel 4 KVOA, and has a monthly call-in program on radio station KNST.

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