Southwestern Deserts

August, 2004
Regional Report

In the Garden


Procrastination is Not Always Bad

Sometimes lagging a bit behind on gardening tasks is okay. Allowing some things to mature on the vine, so to speak, leads to interesting discoveries. I was growing a 50-foot row of okra in a market garden a few summers ago and various other tasks jumped...
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Web Finds

San Diego Zoo It's too hot to think in the low desert, and everyone who can sneak away heads to San Diego for...

Favorite or New Plant

Yellow Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii) This low-water-use shrub lends exotic-looking flowers to the landscape. Bright yellow flower...
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Regional Reminders

  • Monitor Water Needs
  • Plan Ahead To Avoid Citrus Fruit Split
  • Treat Plants With Yellowing Leaves
  • Plant Palms
  • Sow Summer Squash

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