Foolproof summer planting

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PHOENIX -- Even when there is extreme heat in the Valley, I have found some plants and trees that when planted properly, watered frequently and fed organically will survive even when it’s 114 degrees out.

Here’s a list of what I have planted in my own garden with great success:

  • Orange jubilee
  • Mexican fan palm
  • Queen palm
  • Cape honeysuckle
  • Sissoo tree
  • Evergreen elm tree
  • Southern live oak tree
  • Arizona yellow bells
  • Lantana

Adding compost to everything frequently, along with foliar feeding my entire garden every six weeks with Extreme Juice is how I got the results you see at my Channel 3 garden – and how I’ve been so successful growing just about anything I’ve ever tried to grow – regardless of the temperature.

For gardening information check out Dave Owens' website,, and his books, "Extreme Gardening: How to Grow Organic in the Hostile Deserts," "The Garden Guy: A Seasonal Guide to Organic Gardening in the Desert Southwest" and "The Garden Guy’s Southwest Bug Guide."