Southwestern Deserts

July, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Grow a Fall Crop of Strawberries

National News

Strawberry lovers take heart; for those who can’t get enough fresh strawberries and wish the June crop produced over a longer period, there may be a solution. A new cropping technique developed by...

New, Natural Weed Killer

Summertime means weeding time for most gardeners. While the old methods of hand pulling and hoeing are still the most effective, sometimes you’d just like to spray those weeds to get rid of them....

Unique Pine Tree

Evergreen trees fill many roles in the landscape. They block unsightly views, provide a dark backdrop to colorful flowering shrubs and perennials, and create habitat for birds and wildlife. It’s a...

Free Guide for Organic Gardeners

The number of organic farmers, as well as the number of acres devoted to organic growing methods, has increased steadily for the past 10 years. This increase creates a need for up-to-date growing...

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In the Garden

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Gambel's Quail

My bird books are getting a workout lately, helping me keep up with the birds nesting in my backyard. Last month it was mourning dove, and today I turned the corner and startled a family of Gambel's quail ( Callipepla gambelii ). Mom, Dad, and seven...
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Resources

Books

Bulbs Ron Leeds, author of Bulbs in Containers (Timber Press, 2005; $29.95), lives in England, a...

Favorite or New Plant

Rain Lily Zephyranthes is a bulb plant that bursts into bloom after rain, hence its common name of rain...
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Regional Reminders

  • Hose off Dusty Plants
  • Watch for Praying Mantids
  • Water Lawns Wisely
  • Sow Pumpkin Seeds
  • Harvest Rainwater

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