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Step 1: green house type?

Category: Wanting to garden, but don't know how to garden | Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:06 pm

So I'm new out into the desert. I'm from Georgia so I am used to green. Here in the lovely high desert? Nothing! I see bushes and that is about it. I am currently trying to figure out in our weather if I need to invest in an inexpensive green house.

The temperatures here range from 30 F to 120 F.
The winds can get pretty aggressive so I worry about not protecting the plants.

I want to grow veggies and feel absolutely frustrated about how to do it.
At one point, I wanted to grow veggies, but I am slowly learning that berries grow a bit better.

There are no nurseries and I have no one able to advise me. I'm just searching more and more for info.

Hopefully, today will yield some good results.

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Jewell2009 wrote on Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:37 pm:

Wow! You really changed gardening regions. Good luck and keep us posted.


daisybeans wrote on Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:18 pm:

Wow, I can see why you're fretting... but how exciting to learn a new way to garden! My friend in Albuquerque has asked me to help him design his yard so I've been searching native Plants sites and finding it is not as limited as you might think in terms of flowering plants and shrubs. I googled "Native Plants New Mexico" (of course you'd type in your region!), also "Xeriscape Gardening." My friend has grown veggies the past two years -- it's been a lot of trial and error for him too... Hardest part is controlling the amount and intensity of the sun... Good luck. It will be exciting to see how you progress.

DesertLady1686 wrote on Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:35 am:

I'm considering getting small little pop-up greenhouses to try and extend the seasons....i can't really plant much in the ground because it's hope is for veggies or maybe berries, but all the places i'm looking around to talk to really just stick to succulents and shubbery that can handle the weather...

beck5711 wrote on Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:22 pm:

DesertLady.. I think we all like to challenge our zones that we live in. A green house in your area, when the sun is shining could possibly get to 70 degrees on a 30 degree day, and 160 degrees on a 120 degree day.

Even if you pot plant your vegies I would think that you'd need to start them much earlier that your old GA time, and possibly put up a shade cloth, or provide shade during the heat of the day

I'm just thinking outside the box here since I don't live in your area, even though we do have some similar temps.

Good luck!!

DesertLady1686 wrote on Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:48 pm:

thanks for the great ideas...I'm researching more and more and it seems that for me placing the little greenhouses and veggies is key with the light...over the past few days i keep watching where the light hits hardest to avoid those spots. So we shall see...

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