Southwestern Deserts

February, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Red-Flowering Rudbeckia

National News

Rudbeckia, or black-eyed Susans, are native American wildflowers that have recently gone through a breeding revolution. There are many new selections of this tough, easy-to-grow perennial that...

Online Tool Helps Calculate Carbon Sequestration of Trees

Much of the talk about reducing the effects of global warming has revolved around the amount of carbon dioxide that gets emitted into the atmosphere. One way to reduce CO2 emissions to plant more...

Plants Help People in Hospitals Heal Faster

All gardeners know that plants -- and flowers in particular -- can bring a smile to someone's face. But can flowers be used to help people recover from illnesses? Researchers at Kansas State...

New Sweet Corn with Purple Cob

Nothing is more rewarding than munching on sweet corn harvested fresh from your garden. There are lots of sweet corn types available, from old heirlooms to supersweet varieties. Recently breeders...

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In the Garden

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Effective Plant Watering and Drip Irrigation, Part I

Did you know that more landscape plants in the desert die from overwatering than underwatering? Some folks think that because they have a drip irrigation system, they must of course be conserving water. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. The...
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Resources

Shows & Events

International Water Conservation & Xeriscape Conference This year's 14th annual event focuses on connections between our watersheds and foodsheds -- how...

Clever Gardening Technique

Wait to Prune Frost Damage Wait to prune any frost damage on tender tropicals, such as hibiscus, natal plum, lantana and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Transplant Warm-Season Vegetables
  • Feed Citrus
  • Protect From Late Freezes
  • Fertilize Roses
  • Pull Weeds!

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