Southwestern Deserts

May, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

ARS Member's Choice Rose

National News

Since 2003 The American Rose Society (ARS) has awarded a Member’s Choice Award each year to the rose that receives the highest kudos from ARS members. The award covers roses introduced to the...

Grow Bigger Potatoes

If you’re hoping to grow the biggest potatoes possible this summer, try adding more calcium to the soil. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Madison grew ‘Russet Burbank’ potatoes in...

Simpler Seeding

Planting your garden from seed just got a little simpler. SeedBallz is a new product that features seeds encased in a marble-sized clay and sand ball. To plant, just spread the balls on top of the...

Rebecca's Garden Helps Seniors

Gardening continues to be one of the most important pastimes for older adults, but even healthy seniors can lose interest in this hobby because of brief illness, injury, or lack of companionship....

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In the Garden


Natural Backlighting Adds Atmosphere

There are so many important things to consider when siting plants in the landscape: optimum sun exposure, the plant's mature size, and providing shade for human respite and household energy conservation, to name a few. It sometimes seems that pure...
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Favorite or New Plant

Fairy Dusters The blooms of pink fairy duster ( Calliandra eriophylla ) and red Baja fairy duster ( C....

Clever Gardening Technique

Siting Backlit Plants As the sun's angle changes through the seasons, the best areas in any landscape to show off...
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Regional Reminders

  • Transplant Heat-Loving Annuals
  • Plant Vegetables
  • Monitor Water Needs
  • Protect Plants from Drying Winds and Hot Sun
  • Harvest Onions and Garlic

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