Free gardening chart and planting tips

Free gardening chart and planting tips

April 1, 2019 0 By Smartshopperdaphne

Get the when what and how when it comes to planting this spring in the Valley.

Chris Gardener a Valley gardening expert from TLPhx shared what things you should be planting right now in the Valley. He shared two planting calendars that are free, easy to read and are for the Valley climate. Just click the link below and follow Chris for more tips and videos. If you like more tips or purchase plants or gardening supplies from Chris’ head to his website at 

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Maricopa County free planting chart planting chart



  • Use locally produced compost & castings to best feed your soil.  A bag of 1.5 cubic foot (CF) of compost (~11 gallons) will cover 10 square feet (SF) of garden bed to 1.8″ (round up to 2″) – 2 inches of compost is the minimum to maintain/feed the soil for 2 to 3 months.  In our garden, one rotation of cool-season greens consumed about 2″ of compost and about 0.5″ mulch.
  • Use season appropriate transplants to maximize yield and fun time in the garden – pros transplant, you can too.
  • No till – feed the soil, work with the soil food web, let roots till.
  • Don’t add anything to your garden but compost, castings & mulch without a soil test to determine what you need.
  • Only work/till your soil if there is less than 12″ of loose soil.  If you don’t have 12″ of loose soil, use a shovel & broad fork to work compost into the native soil to activate the food web into your soil.  Search ‘double dig’ for a procedure to do this.
  • Use drip irrigation and an irrigation schedule based on the season or month (we can help with an irrigation schedule).
  • Water enough to saturate the soil to 12 inches then allow the soil to dry before watering again (we can help determine how long to irrigate).

For more tips, informative gardening tips head to Chris Gardeners blog at