Southwestern Deserts

June, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Showy Red-Flowering Vine

National News

Looking for a new flowering annual vine to add to your summer collection? Look no further than the ‘Great Cascade Wine Red’ Lophospermum. The attractive light green, hairy leaves have ruffled...

Level Your Pots

You’ve probably heard of pot feet and pot toes. These products are used to keep containers elevated off the ground for better water drainage. Now there’s a way to keep you pots, statues, and...

Nutritious Mushrooms

When we think of foods high in healthful antioxidants, fungi don't typically come to mind. But, in fact, mushrooms have been found to be high in the antioxidant ergothioneine, which protects cells...

Nickel Prevents Daylily Rust

Got daylilies? You might also be getting daylily rust. What was once considered an indestructible plant has been succumbing to a rust disease in many parts of the country. Daylily rust symptoms...

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In the Garden


Native Crops

"Summer reading" typically involves hauling the latest Grisham (or Collins or Clancy) novel to the beach along with armloads of other paraphernalia, but my relaxation time is spent catching up on plant catalogs and gardening books. I've already finished...
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Web Finds

Native Seeds/SEARCH The nonprofit Native Seeds/SEARCH is a great source for desert-adapted agricultural crop seeds....

Clever Gardening Technique

Waffle Beds This traditional planting method helps young seedlings get off to a good start. Instead of...
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Regional Reminders

  • Provide Water for Birds
  • Replenish Mulch
  • Water Citrus Trees
  • Plant Summer Color
  • Monitor Water Needs of Cacti

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