Southwestern Deserts

June, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

The Best Salvias For Hot Summers

National News

Salvias are one of the most commonly grown bedding plants across the country. They grow and flower quickly, producing spikes of red, white, pink, blue, and purple flowers all summer long. However,...

Plastic Mulch Repels Pests

Tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, and cucumbers are popular summer garden vegetables. However, they also are subject to many insects and diseases. Gardeners have used colored plastic mulch to...

Organic Fire Ant Control

Fire ants are a major pest in lawns and gardens across much of the country. Now there is an effective organic control that will help eliminate these harmful pests that's safer for the environment...

Kudzu Reduces Alcohol Consumption

The "vine that ate the South" may have a positive side after all. Researchers at the McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, investigated kudzu as a treatment to curb excessive drinking....

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In the Garden

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Composting: Sustainable Gardening Extraordinaire

If you've been around a gathering of gardeners, it's likely that conversation turned to the glories of "gardener's gold," known less flamboyantly as compost. The best thing you can do to create a healthy, sustainable soil over time is to add compost to...
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Resources

Web Finds

Lawn Watering Guide This Phoenix Lawn Watering Guide site gives step-by-step instructions for determining how long...

Clever Gardening Technique

Reduce Fertilizer Use on Lawns Mulching mowers reduce the size of the grass clippings so they can be left on the lawn after...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sow Gourd Seeds Around Compost Bins
  • Apply Water Directly to the Soil
  • Watch for Black Widows
  • Sow Okra Seeds
  • Apply Mulch

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