It’s officially fall! The weather is slowly starting to cool – and gardeners, new and seasoned, are eager to get their hands in the dirt.

Many locals have started gardening during the pandemic and others are looking for help to get started in our unique climate. Fall in the desert is really the best time to put in most plants and trees – when the temperature isn’t too hot or cold and plants can establish roots.

Interested in planting a garden? Here are some ideas on what to grow this fall:

  • October/November: Peas, garlic, onions, herbs, lettuce, greens, radishes, beets and lettuce
  • November/December: Tomatoes, peppers, carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower

Watch out for those overnight frosts that can occur in December, even in the desert. Be ready to cover your delicate plants before the temperatures drop.

You can also check out a handy month-by-month gardening guide for the Coachella Valley put together by a local expert and the Palm Springs High School Sustainable Garden Club here.

To keep your garden growing, it’s important to make sure your irrigation system is in tip-top shape. Several water districts in the Coachella Valley have incentives on efficient nozzles and smart controllers that can help you save water and money at the same time.

View our Water Map to find your water district and rebates.