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My wife and I are discussing retiring to somewhere between
southern Nevada and northeastern Arizona. As a gardener, I'm
looking for a resource on edible plants that can be grown in
a desert climate - vegetables, herbs, spices, and even fruits.
Get a copy of Sunset's "Western Garden Book". Use the front section to
determine your climate zone, which (unlike USDA zones) takes into
account summer high temperatures, winds, humidity, etc. Then use the
plant encyclopedia to determine which plants are suitable.
Of course, availability of water for irrigation should be a prime
concern. In some areas, water is limited to indoor use, either by law
or by pricing.
Where sufficient water is available, some plants that normally require
full sun might thrive in part shade. For example, citrus can be grown
in the desert in the shade of date palms. For this, you should consult
the agricultural extension service in the area.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
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