Water-Wise Oasis: A Tucson Desert Garden

Scant rainwater sustains a lush garden in urban Tucson.

Brad’s winter garden is located within sunken, mulched, water-harvesting basins. Brad’s property is home to more than a dozen varieties of edible cacti, from which he harvests fruit, flower buds, and pads. This diversity of low-water-use cacti provides food throughout the year and delights with diverse flavors including some similar to papaya, honeydew melons, artichoke hearts, and strawberries.