Southwestern Deserts

April, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Purple Magnolia

National News

Spring is magnolia time in many areas of the country. These early-blooming trees are some of the first reminders of the colorful flowering trees and shrubs to come. Now there is a new,...

Versatile Garden Planter

It looks like a long, black punching bag, but the Garden Soxx is really a new way to container garden. Garden Soxx is a tubular, mesh bag that has the texture of heavy-duty socks. It lets in water...

The Ultimate Gardener

It's not often that we toot our own horn, but the new book The Ultimate Gardener (HCI Publishing, 2009), by NGA horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi, features fun, heart-warming short stories about...

Fish Emulsion as a Fertilizer and Fungicide

Although most organic gardeners have used fish emulsion as an effective fertilizer for crops, recent research suggests that it can also be used as a fungicide to fight diseases as well....

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In the Garden

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Unusual Bulbs for Arid Climates

I enjoy the "surprise" factor that bulbs offer. Buried during autumn's hurly-burly planting season, spring-blooming bulbs start shooting through the soil surface a few months later, reminding the gardener of their presence. Then, when their mature...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Candelilla Euphorbia antisyphilitica is a succulent that offers an interesting structural form....

Web Finds

University of Arizona News Researchers from the University of Arizona and an independent naturalist teamed up to report that...
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Regional Reminders

  • Maintain Bulb Beds
  • Monitor Containers
  • Continue Transplanting
  • Plant Annual Color
  • Transplant Dwarf Citrus

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