Southwestern Deserts

February, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Purple Ornamental Pepper

National News

Ornamental/edible hot peppers have become all the rage in the gardening world in recent years. There are numerous varieties available that combine the heat and spice of hot peppers with attractive...

Which Fruits Have the Most Antioxidants?

Every few months it seems there's another news story touting a specific fruit as having high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that have been associated with the prevention of...

Best Bellflowers

Bellflowers (Campanula) are widely adapted, hardy flowers that include more than 300 different annual, biennial, and perennial species. The Chicago Botanic Garden evaluated 89 different perennial...

Compostable Kitchen Bags

Composting is a great way to produce healthy organic matter for the garden and reduce the amount of food scraps and yard waste going to landfills. Many gardeners accumulate kitchen scraps to throw...

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In the Garden

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Effective Plant Watering and Drip Irrigation Part II

Efficient plant watering is intertwined with a well-designed drip irrigation system. My previous report covered the three basics of effective plant watering. This report follows up with details on how specific drip irrigation components influence your...
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Resources

Shows & Events

International Master Gardener Conference You don't have to be a Master Gardener to attend these informative sessions on water conservation...

Favorite or New Plant

Chaparral Sage Sages offer heady fragrance, but Salvia clevelandii leads the pack, according to my nose. Plant...
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Regional Reminders

  • Water Winter Lawns Correctly
  • Finish Pruning Chores
  • Plant Vegetables
  • Fertilize Non-Native Landscape Plants
  • Monitor Veggies for Insects

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