Southwestern Deserts

October, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Tri-Colored Japanese Maple

National News

Fall is for tree planting. The warm soils and cool, rainy days create perfect conditions for tree roots to grow before the cold days of winter. Japanese maple is a favorite specimen tree of many...

Instant Compost Tea

Gardeners know the benefits compost tea can have on their gardens. Not only is it a quick and efficient way to deliver nutrients to plants, compost tea also feeds the microbial life in the soil....

Trials of the Best Organic Weed Killers

Organic gardeners often struggle to control annual weeds in their gardens. While there are many organic products on the market touted as helpful in controlling weeds, there has been little...

Blue Flag Iris Filters Pesticides

Our native blue flag iris ( Iris versicolor ) is a beautiful perennial that grows well on lakeshores, swamps, wet meadows and along stream beds. Now it appears this iris can be effective in...

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In the Garden


Observing Mother Nature in the Chiracahua Mountains

This is Part 2 of my report on choosing landscape plants for the Chiricahua Mountains region at Arizona's southern border. Wherever you might live and garden, copying Mother Nature is an entertaining, instructive, and practical method to create...
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Shows & Events

Edible and Medicinal Desert Plants Guided Walk Enjoy the turning of fall foliage color at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona, while...


Southeastern Arizona plants Pocket-sized field guides covering Southeastern Arizona include six titles describing about 35...
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Regional Reminders

  • Continue Sowing Wildflower Seeds
  • Grow a Culinary Herb Bed
  • Cover a Wall with Flowering Vines
  • Continue Planting Vegetable Gardens
  • Transplant Trees

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