Southwestern Deserts

August, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Edible, Ornamental Salmonberry

National News

Salmonberry is a common, native woodland shrub that grows in part shade in many areas of the country. Now it's available with striking golden foliage that contrasts beautifully with its bright...

The Lowdown on Organic Sprays

Organic pest controls are very popular with vegetable gardeners trying to avoid excessive pest damage and also have less impact on the environment. However, detailed information about the organic...

Home Gardens Essential for Bumblebees

Pollinating insects have been in the news lately because of their declining numbers and the impact this may have on many food crops. The good news is that it appears that wide-open spaces and...

High Lead Levels Found in Garden Hoses

A common summer scene involves kids squirting each other with the garden hose. Invariably, on a hot summer day some of the kids will take a drink from the hose. We’ve all done it, whether as kids...

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In the Garden


Rabbits Revisited

My spring planting experiment to see what plants rabbits will or won't eat continues, partially successfully. When I first wrote about this after transplanting, the rabbits had left most things alone for the first week or two. As the temperatures rose...
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Shows & Events

Solar Heating for Pools Reducing electricity use is a major component of "green living," and in the Southwest, swimming...

Clever Gardening Technique

Determining Plant Water Use The Arizona Department of Water Resources, in conjunction with Tucson-area retail nurseries and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Palms
  • Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Areas
  • Hose Off Dusty Plants
  • Consult an Arborist
  • Fertilize Lawns

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