Southwestern Deserts

June, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Hardier Cape Fuchsia

National News

Many gardeners love to grow the common fuchsia as an annual in containers and hanging baskets. The fuchsia family, though, also has soon unusual perennials in its lineage. The cape fuchsia...

Trees Can Reduce Energy Usage

Trees are great additions to a yard for their shade and fruit depending on the type you grow. Now, research confirms trees also will help reduce summertime energy use. A recent USDA study in...

Race Car Made From and Powered by Vegetables

Formula 1 racing has come under scrutiny from environmental groups for the amount of fossil fuels needed to create and maintain their sport cars. Now, researchers at the University of Warwick in...

New Handy Mosquito Repellent

Summer time is mosquito time for much of the country. Whether you’re camping, gardening, or just enjoying a quiet evening on a patio or deck, mosquitoes often seek you out and ruin your fun. While...

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In the Garden


Create Privacy with Plants

A living "wall" of plants offers privacy, reduces traffic or neighborhood noise, and also helps reduce the urban heat island effect. (Plants don't absorb and retain heat the way a block wall does, for example.) However, before adding plants along...
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Favorite or New Plant

Jojoba Simmondsia chinensis is actually native to the Sonoran Desert, not China, which makes it...

Clever Gardening Technique

Create a Colorful Living Fence To create a straight hedge with an unusual twist, intermingle odd numbers of the green and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Vegetables
  • Collect Seeds
  • Keep Watering Citrus
  • Clean Up Spent Plants and Stockpile Leaves
  • Solarize Soil

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