Answer: I'd suggest you try the Native Seeds/SEARCH catalog (526 N. 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705, ph# 520-622-5561). It contains seeds for plants well adapted to the hot, arid southwest. I also suggest you find a good reference book for gardening in such an arid climate -- one very good one is "Desert Gardening: Fruits and Vegetables", by George Brookbank (Fisher Books, 3499 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 909, Tucson, AZ 85719, ph# 602-325-5263), published in 1988. It has all sorts of information about soil improvement, watering, insect and disease management, and planting calendars. It may be that with a little work to improve your soils (such as adding lots of organic matter, and mulching plants well) plus timing your planting carefully, you may well be able to grow and enjoy your favorite vegetables.
Also, contact your Cooperative Extension service (505-867-2582) for information about vegetable gardening in your climate. (And if you're interested in ornamentals for your region, check out the book "Xeriscape Gardening: Water Conservation for the American Landscape" by Connie Ellefson, Tom Stephens, and Doug Welsh (Macmillan Publishing, 1992). Good luck!
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