Last week, Country Life announced our American Gardens Project, where we sent a selection of heirloom seeds to gardeners all over the country. Each gardener has received his or her seeds, and is, as we say at Lehman’s, “starting their seedlings” in the race to harvest. We’ll track each one, and see how the various seeds do in gardens across the country.
Our Arizona gardener, Glynis, lives in the high desert, and has some big challenges to overcome. She shares her thoughts with us below. Our other gardeners, who are scattered through the South, East and Midwest, will have updates here soon.
Gadening in a dry place is challenging, but Glynis is more than up to the job! She shares her plans and thoughts: “My seeds arrived a few days ago. I’m really honored to be a part of the American Gardens Project. The seed varieties are ones I’ve never planted, and some, I haven’t seen before.
Because we depend on rain for our water supply, I’ve always started my gardens as close to the monsoon rain period as possible (July), because
we don’t have much water during April, May and June. We need our supplies for ourselves and our animals.
The weather has been warm and we haven’t had rain or snow since November. Finally, today, March 1, it’s raining. I think the danger of frost here is just about over so I’m going to plant some root crops this week.
If it freezes, it will be a light frost and probably not hurt anything. I do have some plastic covers for my garden if it gets really cold. Based on our weather this year, I doubt it.
Dragon Carrot Seeds
Lazy Housewife Beans
Black Cherry Tomatoes
Three Hearts Lettuce
Little Potato Cucumbers