Southwestern Deserts

January, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Best Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners

Are you sometimes overwhelmed by the number of vegetable varieties available? Wouldn't it be great if you could know, before you plant, which varieties will perform best in your area?...

Fish Emulsion Stops Damping Off

If you've ever started seeds, you've undoubtedly experienced having seedlings suddenly keel over at the soil line. This condition, called damping off, is typically caused by two different fungi:...

Antique Roses for the South

Antique roses continue to be the rage across the United States. However, most information on the best varieties to grow is geared towards gardeners in cooler climates, such as...

Sweet Road Salt

‘Tis the season for ice and snow in most parts of the country. As any gardener knows, rock salt used on roadways is effective at deicing the pavement. However, it also harms lawns and roadside...

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In the Garden


Surprises in the Winter Garden

A low-growing carpet of dark green seedlings in my cactus garden caught my eye a few weeks ago. Squeezed amongst the boulders near a beavertail cactus, they were volunteers of unknown origin that had sprouted within days of a soaking winter rain. I...
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Shows & Events

The Herbal Harvest Herbal experts Madalene Hill and Gwen Barclay present tips on harvesting, preserving, and cooking...


The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West There's no better way to start the New Year than with a dose of gardening. The Zen of Gardening...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch for Signs of Nutrient Deficiency
  • Maintain Bulb Beds
  • Plant Bareroot Roses
  • Maintain Wildflower Beds
  • Water Winter Lawns

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