Southwestern Deserts

June, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Sun-Tolerant Caladium

National News

Caladiums are known for their ability to brighten shady spots in the yard with their colorful leaves. Now there's a caladium that's more sun tolerant than other varieties, and its shorter stature...

Grapes May Protect Against Diabetes

According to the National Institutes of Health, it’s estimated that 1 in every 400 to 600 children and adolescents in the U.S. has type 1 diabetes. This epidemic has spurred research into ways to...

New Animal Control for Gardens

Controlling marauding animals from eating your landscape and garden is a never-ending task. Now there’s a new, low-impact, technological tool to add to your list of repellent sprays, fences, and...

Warm Temperatures Increase the Sugar and Nutrients in Tomatoes

Most gardeners know the flavor and nutritional quality of fresh tomatoes is best if you grow your own. New research from France shows that the temperature at which fruit ripens can also affect the...

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In the Garden

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Cool Off in an Evening Garden

When desert summer sun blazes overhead, thermometers read 105+ degrees, and humid air seems thick enough to carve and stack like bricks, sitting in the garden becomes more endurance test than relaxing activity. Don%t fight it. Instead, start planning an...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Golden dyssodia Perennial Dyssodia pentachaeta blooms non-stop from spring to fall, adding a bright splash of...

Clever Gardening Technique

Remembering How Much to Water How Much to Water Believe it or not, overwatering is the more likely cause of %plant mortality%...
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Regional Reminders

  • Check Your Sun Exposure
  • Sow Sunflowers
  • Replenish Mulch
  • Control Weeds
  • Eliminate Breeding Areas for %Skeeters

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