Southwestern Deserts

May, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Variegated Plants

National News

Gardeners sometimes have mixed feelings about variegated plants. On one hand, they add color when the plant is out of bloom. On the other hand, variegated plants can be less vigorous compared to...

Rotating Hanging Basket

Have you ever noticed how your hanging baskets get lopsided by midsummer? Usually it’s because one side receives more sunlight than the other, spurring uneven growth. Short of getting up on a...

Sugar Helps Trees Survive

Many trees suffer from transplant shock after being dug from the nursery and put into containers to be sold at the garden center. Often less than 5 percent of the original roots survive the move....

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In the Garden


Water Gardens

Water gardening in the desert is coming into vogue. Desert dwellers are beginning to realize the many tangible and intangible benefits a water feature provides in our relentlessly arid climate. Water conservation might not spring to mind as a benefit,...
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Clever Gardening Technique

Pollinate Tomatoes If tomato plants aren't setting fruit due to a lack of pollinators (or very high temperatures),...

Shows & Events

New Mexico Master Gardener Conference The theme of the New Mexico Master Gardener Conference is "8 Seasons, 8 Zones," and it covers the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch for Orange Dog Caterpillars
  • Sow Sunflowers
  • Reprogram Timers
  • Mulch Tomatoes and Peppers
  • Plant Bermuda Lawns

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