Southwestern Deserts

December, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Award-Winning Christmas Melon

National News

It’s only December, but the new varieties for 2009 are already rolling in. Mailboxes and e-mail inboxes are being inundated with seed catalogs filled with new varieties. One that caught my eye is...

Community Gardens Add Value to Inner City Homes

Community gardens not only provide healthy food, exercise, and green spaces for city residents, they also revitalize neighborhoods and increase home values. Researchers from the American Real...

New Biopesticide Controls Tomato Blight and Mildew

Home gardeners are always looking for the best and safest way to control disease in their gardens. Recently there has been great interest in using naturally occurring microorganisms to combat...

Garden Gloves for Animal Lovers

Garden gloves are an essential item for anyone working in the yard. Plus, they make affordable and much-appreciated holiday gifts. While there are many types of gloves on the market, for those...

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In the Garden


Protect Frost-Tender Plants

Utter the word "desert" and most people think "heat." It is a surprise to some visitors that Southwestern deserts also experience freezing cold. Frost strikes as early as mid-November and as late as early April, depending on elevation and other factors....
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Shows & Events

WildLights Enjoy a visit to one of the many wonderful Southwestern public gardens decked out with lights or...

Clever Gardening Technique

Determining Frost Damage If frost hits your plants, leave the blackened, damaged foliage as is. Although unattractive, it...
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Regional Reminders

  • Turn Compost Piles
  • Continue Transplanting Perennial Flowers
  • Monitor Water Use
  • Continue Planting Vegetables
  • Buy Live Christmas Trees

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