Southwestern Deserts

March, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

The Most Fragrant Peony

National News

Peonies are widely grown spring garden plants, and their large, colorful flowers are showstoppers in the garden. The foliage provides three seasons of color and is seldom bothered by deer and...

The Pitchfork Gets a Makeover

The pitchfork is an agricultural icon that has many uses in the home garden. It’s great for spreading bark mulch, turning compost piles, and moving hay, straw, leaves, and other bulk materials....

Where Have All the Honeybees Gone?

Honeybees are the unsung heroes of our food supply. It’s estimated that up to one-third of the food we eat is dependent on honeybee pollination activity in spring and summer. In spring beekeepers...

Tree Lilac With Colorful Bark

Lilacs are common landscape plants, and while lilac shrubs get most of the attention for their colorful and fragrant flowers, tree lilacs, while lacking fragrance, have their own merits. The...

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In the Garden


Happy Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks bring a smile to just about everyone's face. They stand tall in the Arizona Herb Association's Demonstration Garden at Maricopa County Cooperative Extension in Phoenix. When I'm out weeding, I often overhear visitors comment with pleasure on...
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Web Finds

North American Butterfly Association In addition to providing photos to aid in identification, regional chapter contacts, FAQs, art...

Clever Gardening Technique

Tag Flower Colors to Save Seeds If you have multiple flower colors and a memory akin to Swiss cheese, mark plants when they are...
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Regional Reminders

  • Transplant Tomatoes and Peppers
  • Trim Frost-Damaged Plants
  • Visit Public Gardens
  • Fertilize Deciduous Fruit Trees
  • Start Transplanting

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