If you’ve ever wanted your own garden to harvest fruits, vegetables, and herbs out of- look no further than a few big pots in your back yard! Yes, even in Arizona we can reap what we sow and enjoy the fruits (or vegetables!) of our labor without turning our entire yard into a compost pit. Two of my favorite goodies to grow are potatoes and tomatoes. To plant potatoes, let the potato sit out for a bit to start to sprout then cut the potato in pieces being sure to include 1-2 “eyes” in each cut up chunk. Bury the potato pieces 6-8 inches deep with the eyes pointing UP. Then wait. And wait some more. 2-3 weeks after the potato plants are done flowering, the potatoes will be ready to harvest which is by far the BEST part. Digging for potatoes in mud is an amazing sensory activity and a great way to get the little ones involved with gardening! Be sure to get your potatoes online or at a nursery, as grocery store varieties have been sprayed and won’t spout properly. For more details on growing potatoes, click HERE.
Tomatoes can be fun and abundantly rewarding too in AZ! The AZ Plant Lady has the easiest to follow tomato advice:
Visit her TOMATO GROWING 101 HERE.