Southwestern Deserts

March, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Perennial of the Year

National News

Each year the Perennial Plant Association highlights a perennial plant that fits the criteria for plant of the year. Winning plants are widely adapted, have multiple seasons of interest, are low...

Reduce your Carbon Footprint by Mowing Less

Many people are interested in reducing their carbon footprint in an effort to save energy and limit global warming. While driving less is one of the most obvious ways to do this, mowing your lawn...

New Soil-Moisture Monitor

Knowing when to water containers is often a head-scratching proposition, especially for new gardeners. While it’s important to not let your container plant dry out, the bigger problem is often...

Want to Be a New Farmer? Start Here

Small farming is on the rise. The USDA estimates there are more than 300,000 new farms in the U.S since 2002, with many being run by younger people. All those new farmers are looking for...

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In the Garden


Wildflower Quests

It's an endless treasure hunt that gardeners and nature enthusiasts never seem to tire of. When and where will spring wildflowers carpet the desert floor with astounding swaths of yellow desert marigolds, orange poppies, bluebells, and purple lupine?...
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Web Finds

Southwestern Native Seeds Located in Tucson, Southwestern Native Seeds is a two-person operation that offers...

Clever Gardening Technique

Avoid Salt-Sensitive Plants High salt levels in Southwestern water sources, especially reclaimed water, can be hard on...
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Regional Reminders

  • Transplant Landscape Plants
  • Transplant Colorful Perennials
  • Adjust Timers
  • Prolong Cool-Season Vegetable Harvest
  • Rejuvenate Perennial Herbs

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