Southwestern Deserts

September, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Organic Tomatoes Rich in Antioxidants

National News

People choose organically grown produce over conventionally grown produce for a variety of reasons, such as minimizing pesticide exposure and preference for the taste. New research supports the...

Unusual Double-Flowered Tiger Lily

Tiger lilies ( Lilium lancifolium ) are easy-to-grow, 4- to 6-foot-tall, hardy bulbs that typically produce downward-facing flowers in midsummer. While most have single flowers, an old, unusual...

Floating Planter for Ponds

Barley straw has been shown to emit a chemical that’s effective in controlling algae in water gardens and ponds. There are many purely functional barley straw products on the market, but a new...

Make Your Own Garden Cart

Many gardeners fondly remember, and may still own, the original Model 26 Garden Way garden cart. This revolutionary cart made hauling soil, mulch, and other materials much easier than using a...

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In the Garden


Easy Wildflowers

Next to cacti, the easiest and most rewarding plants to grow in a desert landscape must be wildflowers. All it takes is scattering some seeds in October and waiting for the winter rains to germinate them. Of course, if the rains don't come, the spring...
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Shows & Events

Pruning and Maintaining Your Landscape Chandler, Arizona's Water Conservation office offers a variety of classes on landscape design,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Grass in the Shade For low-desert gardens, there is no perfect choice for a lawn grass that will thrive in shade....
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Regional Reminders

  • Clean Up Warm-Season Gardens
  • Plant Cool-Season Annual Flowers
  • Buy Bulbs
  • Update Your Landscape
  • Monitor Citrus Water Needs

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