Southwestern Deserts

June, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Ornamental Elderberry

National News

For those who love the look of the Japanese maple but have a hard time getting one to grow in their climate, the new 'Black Lace' elderberry ( Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace') is a good substitute....

Bug Blaster

While a well-known insect control technique involves spraying strong blasts of water on plants to knock off insects, most traditional water nozzles just aren't very effective at providing complete...

CDC Recommends New Mosquito Controls

It's summertime and mosquito season is upon us. Gardeners are always looking for ways to minimize exposure to insects, not just because they are a nuisance but also to protect against diseases...

Seeds of Kokopelli

If you're interested in saving seeds of your favorite heirloom vegetables but don't know how, here's a great resource that can help. The Seeds of Kokopelli , by Dominique Guillet (Les Presses de...

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In the Garden


Summer Houseplant Care

Like it or not, summer's heat is here, and many desert gardeners need a break. Take refuge indoors and lavish your gardening fervor on your houseplants! Many houseplants are dormant during winter months and start pushing out new growth as days...
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Tool or Gardening Product

Plant Communicator A local gardener was using a moisture meter called the Plant Communicator in her greenhouse...


Floral Arranging Dr. Andrew Weil, writing in 8 Weeks to Optimum Health , recommends adding a bouquet of fresh...
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Regional Reminders

  • Water Lawns Deeply
  • Keep Watering Citrus
  • Clean Up Spent Plants and Old Leaves
  • Monitor Water Needs of Landscapes
  • Aerate Lawns

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