How to Grow Vegetables in the Desert



Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook creates a water-efficient waffle garden. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and steps.)
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Shopping List for How to Grow Vegetables in the Desert:
– Plant seeds
– Coarse sand and compost, to amend the soil

Tools List for How to Grow Vegetables in the Desert:
– Square-blade shovel
– Pickax, to loosen the soil

Steps How to Grow Vegetables in the Desert”
1. Use a square-blade shovel to mark a series of square cells on the ground. Make each cell the width of two shovel blades. Space the individual cells about 12 inches apart.
2. Pile up clay-rich soil around each cell, creating a raised berm. Firmly compact the berms by pounding them flat with the shovel and then walking across them.
3. Use a pickax to break up and loosen the soil within each square cell.
4. Add coarse sand and compost to the loosened soil; mix well.
5. Plant a variety of vegetable seeds within each cell to a depth that’s 1 1/2 times the diameter of each seed.
6. Cover the seeds with the amended soil, then lightly water the entire waffle garden, making sure to soak each cell.

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