Welcome to The Transplanted Gardener

Today, we live in a world of weather extremes: sizzling temperatures or record lows, epic-sized tornadoes and hurricanes and Biblical rains and droughts. Today’s backyard farmers and edible gardeners are caught in nature’s crossfire as they attempt to deal with the changing garden landscape.

That’s what this blog is about.

I live in the low desert of Phoenix, AZ. We have always suffered from dry lands and challenging issues with gardening. Arizona is now threatened with the extreme water shortage that California suffers under. Our beloved Colorado River, the lifeline to a green Arizona, is drying up. To survive and thrive, you must adapt. More than anything else, it either means exorbitant water bills or learning to be waterwise.

In the Arizona low desert, we live with the water feast of the monsoon rains or the parching dry of 115-degree summers. It’s difficult to balance such extremes and still expect vegetables and fruits to grow abundantly. It takes time to learn to ride the current of weather rather than fight against it.

This blog will offer ideas on how to adapt to edible gardening in the Southwestern desert as we face drought conditions throughout much of the country. It’s possible to grow incredible fruits and vegetables, but to do so, your first step is to become water-wise and understand how gardening techniques and seasons change when you step into the desert.


I am a certified agriscape designer and Maricopa County Master Gardener. I have been gardening since I was six years old and worked in my grandfather's garden. I believe that the only way to be a responsible gardener is to garden organically. It improves our soil, is safer for us to eat, sustainable and it protects our pollinators and soil from chemical poisoning.