Southwestern Deserts

February, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Fragrant Coneflowers

National News

Coneflowers are well loved as wildflowers, perennial garden flowers, and medicinal herbs. Now you can add "fragrant cut flowers" to their list of assets. Echinacea 'Sunrise' and Echinacea...

Exciting New Annual Flowers

While we all love to come upon a totally new plant we've never seen before, new variations on old favorites -- such as these six new flower introductions -- can be just as tempting. 'Magellan...

New Tomato Varieties for 2005

Tomato is the king of the vegetable garden. There are hundreds of varieties available, and no matter how many you grow, there's always the temptation to try one more. Here are some of the latest...

Earthworm Castings Repel Insects

It's widely known that earthworm castings (droppings) are a great fertilizer (especially for container plants) and can suppress soil diseases. Now, research from Germany has found that not only do...

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In the Garden


Citrus Harvest Prime Time

Citrus trees are loaded with fruit now, much of it ripe and ready for the picking. The green, glossy foliage really highlights the beauty of the orange and yellow globes of fruit, adding cheerful splashes of color to the landscape. Citrus fruit...
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Citrus In Citrus; Complete Guide to Selecting & Growing More than 100 Varieties for California,...

Tool or Gardening Product

Compost Thermometer This is a handy tool for the serious composter, or just a fun gadget for those who enjoy...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Cool-Season Vegetables
  • Caring for Succulents
  • Transplant Annual Flowers
  • Don\'t Prune Frost Damage
  • Rotate Houseplants

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