Southwestern Deserts

May, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Sweet Roses Make For Sweet Dreams

National News

Beautiful, fragrant roses make most people happy, and now research is suggesting that fragrant roses may also make our sleep happier by stimulating happy dreams. Researchers in Germany analyzed...

Grow Figs in a Pot

Fresh figs are a treat, especially if you eat them right off the tree. However, most varieties are only hardy to USDA zone 8 (although the roots of some varieties are hardy to USDA zone 6). In...

Birds Eat More Weed Seed in Organic Fields

It's thought that organic farms have lots of bird and wildlife activity because of the lack of harmful chemicals that are sprayed on the fields. Birds, in particular, are welcome because they are...

Vacation Plant Treatment to Resist Drought

Summer vacations are often a tough time on plants, and can be challenging for the gardener, too. You have to get a neighbor, friend, or relative to come in and water the plants or take a chance it...

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In the Garden


Easy-Care Flowers

I admit it. When the temperatures start broiling, I turn into a lazy gardener. I compensate by planting easy-to-care-for flowers with long bloom periods that don't require much intervention on my part. There are many native and desert-adapted...
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Favorite or New Plant

Fairy Dusters The blooms of pink fairy duster ( Calliandra eriophylla ) and red Baja fairy duster ( C....

Shows & Events

Wildflower Festival Low desert dwellers often seek escape, for even a brief period, to higher country during the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Bulb Care
  • Allow Spider Webs to Remain
  • Increase Watering Frequency of Containers
  • Transplant Cactus
  • Harvest Deciduous Fruit

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