Southwestern Deserts

October, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New, Colorful Yellow Rocket

National News

Yellow rocket (Ligularia) is a late-blooming perennial for woodland gardens or shady areas. It’s commonly relegated to the back of the border because of its uninteresting leaves. However, a new...

Are Organic Blueberries Healthier?

Many people believe organically raised produce is safer than conventionally raised crops because of the lack of chemical spray residues on the fruit. However, what about differences in the...

Tracking Lost Ladybugs

The old nursery rhyme goes, "Ladybug, ladybug fly away home …" It seems the insects have taken this song a little too literally. Over the last 20 years, several of our native ladybug species have...

Protect Plants from Frost

Frost is threatening in many areas, if it hasn’t already hit. However, many plants are still looking good in the garden, and perhaps you’re not ready to give them up just yet. If you have a prized...

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In the Garden


Chiricahua Mountain Plants Part 1

A gardener from the Chiricahua Mountains, in southern Arizona near the Mexican border, inquired recently what plants would survive in her landscape, as well as protect other plants from hungry critters. Always ready to seize any excuse for a weekend...
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Shows & Events

Water Harvesting Designs that Work This Tucson-area tour, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., offers useful ideas to retain precious...

Favorite or New Plant

White Prairie Clover A deciduous perennial also known as scruff prairie clover, white prairie clover ( Dalea albiflora...
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Regional Reminders

  • Initiate Reblooming of Holiday Plants
  • Sow Wildflower Seeds
  • Continue Adding Landscape Plants
  • Plant Spring Bulbs
  • Care for Turf

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