Southwestern Deserts

March, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Short, Colorful Mullein

National News

Most gardeners know mullein as a large, velvety-leaved perennial that self sows in your garden and produces a 5-foot-tall, yellow flower stalk in midsummer. The English have taken a liking to this...

New Everbearing Blackberries

For years gardeners have enjoyed everbearing raspberry varieties, such as ‘Heritage’. These varieties fruit twice a year -- in summer and fall. Now from the University of Arkansas comes a breeding...

Star Search for New Plants

Ever wonder if that unusual flower that sprang up in your yard is a new variety that might be worth millions? Even though plant-breeding companies spend thousands of dollars to develop new...

Biodegradable Cell Phones

The latest recycling challenge involves the bevy of discarded electronic equipment, and one of the biggest culprits are cell phones. As people change phone plans and upgrade the quality and style...

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In the Garden


Making Plant Wish Lists

Spring plant sales are happening at botanical gardens, nurseries are brimming with fresh stock, and gardeners are eager to dig their trowels into the warming soil. But what to plant? Possibilities abound and may even seem a bit overwhelming. A bit of...
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Web Finds

Wildflower Info Wildflowers are on parade around the Southwest. Not sure where to go to view them? Check the...

Favorite or New Plant

Blue Euphorbia Amongst a desert palette of unusual-looking plants, blue euphorbia ( Euphorbia rigida ) still...
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Regional Reminders

  • Improve Garden Soil
  • Fertilize Deciduous Fruit Trees
  • Plant Tomatoes and Peppers
  • Harvest Citrus
  • Pull Weeds

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