Southwestern Deserts

June, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Tomatoes Found to Protect Against Sunburn

National News

Many gardeners use sunscreen while outdoors to shield their skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. According to new research, eating tomatoes may also have a sun-protecting effect....

Bushy Cordyline for Tropical Gardens

Tropical plants continue to be the rage, especially in container gardens. One of the most popular tropicals is best loved for its leaves, not flowers. Cordyline is an Australian native that...

Lantanas That Attract the Most Butterflies

Butterfly gardening is one of the most popular types of flower gardening, and one of the most popular nectar plants for adults is Lantana camara . But research has shown that butterflies can be...

New Stool Saves Your Back

Midsummer is weeding and harvesting time in the garden. Unfortunately, this work can be backbreaking. Now there is a new tool that allows you to sit down while working. The wearable garden...

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In the Garden


Sustainable Landscapes

A "sustainable" or "enduring" landscape is designed to live through periods of drought after root systems have established. Sustainable landscapes can survive mainly on rainfall, with an occasional deep watering during lengthy dry spells to keep plants...
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Shows & Events

Los Alamos Master Gardeners Garden Tour Garner a wealth of ideas for New Mexico landscapes on this self-guided tour of six private...

Favorite or New Plant

Little-leaf Cordia Native shrub little-leaf cordia ( Cordia parvifolia ) is a good choice for sustainable...
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Regional Reminders

  • Monitor Moisture Needs
  • Cover Tomato Plants
  • Harvest Deciduous Fruit
  • Prepare Containers for Summer
  • Maintain Houseplants

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