Southwestern Deserts

January, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Best New Flowers

National News

Every spring, garden centers are filled with new varieties of brightly colored annual flowers. Here are some of the best new choices available for planting this year. ‘Zowie! Yellow Flame’...

Organic Rules?

When does "organic" not mean "organic?" When the labels aren’t clear. The growth in the organic food industry continues to climb at about 20 percent per year. However, when shopping for organic...

New Red-Leaved Peach

Fruit trees are not usually known for their ornamental foliage, but this new dwarf peach is an eye-catcher in any yard. ‘Bonfire’ ornamental peach ( Prunus persica ‘Bonfire’) has long, thin dark...

New Environmentally Friendly Wood Treatment

Wood pressure-treated with CCA has been pulled from the market for its leaching of toxic chemicals into the environment. Substitutes such as recycled plastic wood and wood pressure-treated with...

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In the Garden

2001

Orchids for Everybody

I remember when old movies often portrayed some wealthy character fussing about in a greenhouse full of orchids. Such exotic and demanding flowers, it was implied, were only for those who had the time and money to pamper them with glass-enclosed...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Citrus Gleaning Don't let excess citrus on your trees go to waste. Harvest it and donate to a food bank to feed...

Favorite or New Plant

Cascalote Blooming with yellow flower spikes right now, the cascalote tree ( Caesalpinia cacalaco ) adds...
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Regional Reminders

  • Outfox Jack Frost
  • Harvest Citrus
  • Maintain Houseplants
  • Fertilize Citrus Trees
  • Sow Cool-Season Vegetables

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