Desert Veggies?

Desert Veggies?

So, last night, we took the plunge. We planted a variety of veggie seeds (a fairly ridiculous amount of them – wish us luck!) in a seed starting kit with some starter soil bought from a local big box.

Here are the seeds we planted: Watermelon, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, roma tomatoes, tomatillos, onions, sugar snap peas, pablano chiles, and banana chiles. I don’t know what varieties specifically (I can check when I get home).

We also planted some marigolds, because I read they are great companion plants. I intend to square foot garden, so I’m hoping they can just be tucked in among the various veggie plants (according to the room they need to grow, of course)… Does anyone have any input on this?

Also, has anyone ever tried trellising watermelon before?

I read on the official square foot gardening page, in an FAQ, that it can be done – we also got the kind with the smallish “individual” melons (~8 lbs, the package said). I’d imagine it’s just a matter of making a trellis strong enough. I’ve ordered a couple books – including the most recent version of Square Foot Gardening I could find on Amazon – and hope they’ll get here before we build the bed.

Here’s my major concern… I’m afraid it’s going to be too hot for the veggies by the time they’re ready to be planted. (Zone 9, Phoenix AZ, and it’s already getting into the 80s during the day with the spectre of 90 degrees this week.) I will be building overhead shade for them, especially to use for high summer, and I will be very careful to harden them off.

My question is – once they’ve sprouted indoors and are a few inches tall (2 sets of leaves?), should I transplant them to a slightly bigger pot and let them grow some more inside before I permanently plant them, or d’ya think it will be OK to let them go outside? It will probably be in the mid-90s consistently by that point.

EDIT: THANK YOU whomever tagged my post! :)

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