Southwestern Deserts

March, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Mildew-Resistant Phlox

National News

Tall summer phlox ( Phlox paniculata ) are a midsummer treat is any perennial garden. The flowers are showy and are available in a range of colors, including pure white, pink, lilac, and red....

To Till or Not Till in Compost

Most gardeners know that compost applied to perennial beds helps the soil and plants in many ways. Usually the added compost is tilled into the soil before planting. Now research from the...

Community Gardens at all USDA Facilities

New research from the National Gardening Association shows there are more than 1 million community gardens in the United States and up to 3 million people would like to garden in a community garden...

New Early, Sweet Melon

Melons are a favored summer vegetable. While most gardeners are familiar with the traditional cantaloupes, there are now other exotic melons making it into farmer's markets, grocery stores, and...

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In the Garden


Spring has Sprung

With spring's arrival, so much happens in desert landscapes within a short time period that it's a challenge to keep up with all the fun options. Half of me wants to transplant something new, half of me wants to tackle clean-up chores (okay, more like...
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Shows & Events

Tucson Garden Tours An abundance of gardens to visit in Tucson on Saturday, April 4. Master Gardeners will be at the...

Clever Gardening Technique

Water Deeply to Prevent Salt Burn Desert water quality influences how we irrigate landscape plants. Our water contains high salt...
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Regional Reminders

  • Transplant Tomatoes
  • Pull Weeds
  • Check Annuals for Nitrogen Deficiency
  • Plant Herbs
  • Watch for Cabbage Loopers

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