Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Gardening In Arizona

It started out with just a tomato plant, that sounded easy enough. Then I spotted the self watering patio planter and picked up some bean and cucumber seeds.  Why not?  I've got unlimited sunshine, right?

Thankfully the neighbors informed me bluntly that these will fry in the Arizona sun during this time of year.  Ooops.  I guess those temperatures over 100 might be a bit much.

This is where I learned about sunshade, so it was back to the store to figure out a method to create some sunshade that would look attractive.  The Lowe's in Mesa has a pair of nesting great horned owls and I was able to get a photo of the father and baby.  These were taken with the phone and not great...sorry.

Daddy Owl

After a lot of false starts I ended up using metal trellis for support to create a little vegetable garden cabana.

View from the front
I used some lightweight chain I had on hand to create a support for the sunshade in the front and cable ties to attach the shade to the trellis.

Side view of the veggie cabana and also the new storage shed

Paul also pointed out to me that the rabbits would decimate anything planted in the little planter.  So, the casters were removed and I used four concrete blocks I had on hand to raise it up above bunny height.  There...problem solved.
from the back

The seeds were added and watered in and we'll see what happens.

Long Live the Gardening Queen


  1. Now that's creative! Good luck with your veggie garden. I'm curious to see how it fares. You have a great day, hugs, Edna B.

  2. Who knew owls prefer Lowe's over Home Depot?

  3. Good luck .... the heat may do you in (or not). The farmers markets around here are pretty sparse in spring/summer. I've already burned up two plants on the lanai. Gardening here is definitely different than it was in Onalaska. LOL

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