Southwestern Deserts

December, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Fragrant Alstroemeria

National News

Alstroemeria or Peruvian lily is a common cut flower often used in floral bouquets. It is a versatile perennial that’s hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8. The orchid-like flowers come in a variety of...

High Nitrogen Levels Reduce Health Benefits of Veggies

Many herbs and spices are known to contain potent antioxidant compounds. However, it’s not always clear how growing conditions affect the levels of antioxidants in plants. Researchers at...

Love at First Sight Rose Video

Roses are one of America’s best-loved flowers. Few home gardeners realize the time, energy, and money that go into breeding and growing a variety for market. A new variety takes years of trials...

Farmers for Hire: New Trend in Urban Gardening

In hard economic times everyone wants to cut costs. While growing your own food can save money and produce fresh, healthy vegetables in your own yard, it does take time and expertise. People in...

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In the Garden


Top Ten Reasons to Plant a Tree

Do you ever notice how parked cars are often clustered around the relatively small patch of shade offered by a few trees dotted around a vast parking lot? We desert dwellers will trade those extra steps across baking asphalt for the chance to keep our...
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Web Finds

Tree Link Click on the map on to be linked to your state's various agencies and non-profit...

Clever Gardening Technique

Plant Small Trees If you're stumped for last-minute holiday gift ideas, consider a gift certificate for a tree,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Keep Christmas Trees Moist
  • Taste Citrus
  • Monitor Forecasts
  • Pull Winter Weeds
  • Thin Wildflower Seedlings

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