Southwestern Deserts

September, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Juice May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

National News

Alzheimer's disease is deadly for many older Americans, but it appears diet can be protective. Recent research suggests that we can reduce our risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease by drinking fruit...

Winter-Hardy Pansies

Large-flowered pansies are great cool-weather flowers that gardeners in the southern and western U.S. often enjoy throughout the winter. In colder climates, however, such as the Northeast and...

Easy Way to Collect Yard Waste

Fall is garden cleanup time. As the flowers, vegetables, and herbs fade, it’s time to pull up or cut back the plants. Gardeners either compost the plants or send them to a recycling center. Many...

Hospitals Offer Organic Food

Not only is a stay in the hospital stressful, hospital food has a notorious reputation for being tasteless and of poor nutritional quality. That may be changing, however. A new agreement will give...

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In the Garden

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Citrus and Phytophthora

Healthy citrus trees are multipurpose performers in our low-desert landscapes. They provide sweet fragrance when in bloom; tasty fruit over a long harvest season; and dense, glossy foliage that creates a terrific privacy screen year round....
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Broomstick Sansevieria Carefree Sansevieria cylindrica is in the same genus as snake plant, a common houseplant. This...

Clever Gardening Technique

Buy a Rain Gauge and Conserve Water Summer thundershowers deposit significant rain, but the amounts can vary widely within short...
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Regional Reminders

  • Mow Lawns Correctly
  • Get Ready to Sow Wildflower Seeds
  • Perk Up Roses
  • Prune Storm-Damaged Trees
  • Spread Compost

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