Southwestern Deserts

September, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Choose Among the Best Catmints

National News

Catmints are widely adapted, dependable, easy-care perennials. There are more than 20 species commonly available, and some flower better and have a more attractive growth habit than others. To...

Import Seeds With Ease

Gardeners love to travel and invariably stumble across seeds of unique varieties when visiting other countries. Until recently you’ve needed a phytosanitary certificate to import seeds into the...

Evaluating Home Soil Test Kits

Testing the soil is important for determining soil fertility and health. Whether it be for a lawn, flower garden, or vegetable garden, knowing your pH, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and other...

Wash Tree Roots Before Planting

Fall is a great time of year for planting deciduous trees around the country. If you’re planting large balled and burlapped trees, you know there is as much work involved moving the tree to the...

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In the Garden


Overwintering Bermuda Grass

People who move to the desert Southwest from regions of the country with one summer-long growing season are sometimes confused by our lawn grasses. They see their turf starting to turn brown and think it is dying. Fear not! We experience two distinct...
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Shows & Events

Fall Plant Sale Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix holds their highly anticipated plant sale, offering all sorts...

Clever Gardening Technique

When to Harvest Pomegranates Rind color isn't always a good indication of pomegranate ripeness. Try this: If the flower end is...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sow Sweet Peas
  • Watch for Iron Chlorosis
  • Plant Cool-Season Vegetables
  • Revive Summer-Stressed Plants with Light Trimming
  • Watch for Butterflies

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