Southwestern Deserts

August, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

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National News

Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms. As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment...

A Different Lamb's Ears

When you say lamb’s ears ( Stachys byzantina ), most flower gardeners think of the perennial with silvery white, wooly foliage and purple flower spikes. However, there is another version of lamb’s...

All About Watermelons

There is nothing that says “summertime” like fresh watermelon. If you’re looking for more ways to use watermelons in recipes, as decorations, or in activities with your kids, check out the...

New False Aster

Boltonia is a flower in the aster family that blooms in late summer. A North American native, boltonia produces masses of white, pink, or violet flowers, depending on the variety. This perennial...

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In the Garden


Growing Gourds

Gourds grow like gangbusters in the midst of summer heat. Vines scramble across the ground, shooting out a few feet in a few days. If you have planted other vining crops like squash or cukes, gourds take pretty much the same care. Where to Plant...
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Shows & Events

Volunteers to Remove Invasive Plants On August 13 Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona will remove bull thistle from Canyon Creek, an area...

Clever Gardening Technique

Hand-Pollinate If fruits aren't setting for vining crops, such as squash, pumpkins, cukes, and gourds, it may be...
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Regional Reminders

  • Collect Rainwater
  • Prevent Spider Mites
  • Prune Storm-Damaged Limbs
  • Transplant Palm Trees
  • Watch for Night-Blooming Cactus

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