Southwestern Deserts

April, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

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National News

Gardening and photography enthusiasts, take note. The editors of NATURE'S BEST Photography magazine invite you to enter their First Annual NATURE'S BEST Backyards photography competition. More...

The Sunniest Sundrops

Sundrops and evening primroses ( Oenothera spp.) are popular perennial flowers that are easy to grow in most parts of the country. While there are more than 120 species available, only a handful...

New Safer, Systemic Fungicide

Diseases such as sudden oak death (SAD), black spot, scab, bacterial blight, and fire blight are the scourge of many trees, shrubs, fruits, and vegetables. To control these diseases home gardeners...

Grounds for Gardens Perk Up Your Plants

If you're looking for a high-nitrogen soil amendment, attractive mulch for acid-loving plants, or deliciously fragrant addition for your compost heap, seek no further than your neighborhood...

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In the Garden


Roses Bloom in the Desert

A friend of mine is buying a house with a half dozen rose bushes in the yard. He has a brown thumb and moaned that roses would be trouble to grow here. I explained that about 40 percent of the shrubs sold in the U.S. are grown in Phoenix's west valley,...
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Web Finds

The Last Word on Botanical Names Its name is a tad cumbersome, but the Integrated Taxonomic Information System Web site provides...

Clever Gardening Technique

Choose Native Plants If you need to cut down on the amount of time you spend maintaining your garden, include more...
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Regional Reminders

  • Increase Watering
  • Spread Thick Layer of Mulch
  • Allow Bulb Foliage to Die Back
  • Sow Veggies
  • Harvest Citrus

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