Southwestern Deserts

October, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Striking Purple-Leaved Pineapple Lily

National News

Pineapple lily ( Eucomis comosa ) is a subtropical plant that produces sword-like leaves and pineapple-like flowers. It’s hardy only in USDA zones 7 to 10 but can be grown as an annual in colder...

Identify Your Plants Via E-mail

It happens even to the most knowledgeable gardeners: You see a plant you like but you don't know the name of it, and your gardening friends don't know what it is either. Sometimes even a local...

New, Stronger String Trimmer

Cutting weeds and edging grass with a string trimmer is a thankless job, yet many homeowners like the manicured look that these machines afford. One of the most annoying aspects of using string...

Will Biofuels Help Reduce Global Warming?

Biofuels are all the rage. With soaring oil prices and a desire to reduce our dependence on foreign energy resources, there's a lot of interest in growing corn and other crops to be processed into...

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In the Garden


Overseeding with Ryegrass

If you choose to have a green winter lawn in the low desert, it's necessary to overseed the established Bermuda grass with ryegrass in the fall. There's no grass variety that will thrive in both our warm and cool seasons. With regular mowings, gradually...
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Shows & Events

Plant Sale Most botanical gardens hold their plant sales over a period of 2 or 3 days, but Boyce Thompson...

Clever Gardening Technique

Lazy Gardener's Compost Fill a plastic garbage bag with dried leaves and grass clippings. Poke a few small holes in the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sow Wildflower Seeds
  • Maintain Roses
  • Plant a Cool-Season Herb Garden
  • Change Automatic Timers
  • Add Landscape Plants

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