Southwestern Deserts

May, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Exercise in a Garden Gym

National News

Gardeners naturally spend lots of time outdoors. But just because they’re outdoors doesn’t necessarily mean they’re getting the right kind of exercise. A group in England is trying to change that....

A Simpler Way to Make New Plants

Air layering is a gardening propagation technique where new roots are encouraged to grow on a stem or branch of an herbaceous or woody plant in order to create a new plant. It’s a convenient way...

Barriers for Root Weevils

Root weevils are destructive pests of many plants including strawberries, raspberries, rhododendrons, euonymus, and azaleas. The young larvae feed on the roots, while the black, snouted, weevil...

New Purple Poppies

Oriental poppies are one of the darlings of the perennial garden. Their large, showy flowers herald the beginning of the summer flower season. An outstanding new variety is causing a stir in...

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In the Garden


Cactus Flowers

I take an almost silly pleasure in my saguaro. I planted it as a small spike 15 years ago. Even though it was only about 4 feet tall and 6 inches in diameter with no arms, it was surprisingly heavy, requiring two people to hold it steady during...
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Web Finds

Bat Conservation International Sadly, bats are often feared. However, according to Bat Conservation International , just one...

Favorite or New Plant

Argentine Giant The common name of Echinopsis candicans (recently reclassified from Trichocereus candicans )...
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Regional Reminders

  • Add to Your Cactus Collection
  • Collect Seeds
  • Maintain Soil Moisture for Tomatoes and Peppers
  • Increase Watering Frequency for Citrus
  • Check Irrigation System

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