Southwestern Deserts

June, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Hosta of the Year

National News

American Hosta Growers Association has selected ‘Earth Angel’ as the Hosta of the Year for 2009. ‘Earth Angel’ is one of the largest variegated hosta varieties available. Hardy in USDA zones 2 to...

New Kitchen Scrap Composter

Composting kitchen scraps is a great way to reduce landfill waste and create organic matter for your garden. But what if you don’t have room, or the desire, to create an outdoor composting system?...

Reduce Dandelions in Lawns with Leaf Mulch

Dandelions are the scourge of many gardeners. Other than using harmful herbicides, the only sure fire way to eliminate them from lawns is to hand weed. However, recent research at Michigan State...

Updated Drip Irrigation Book

Water conservation is a big issue in many communities across the country. One way to water your plants without wasting this precious resource is to use drip irrigation. If drip irrigation seems...

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In the Garden


Surefire Hummingbird Gardens

There's nothing mysterious or difficult about attracting hummingbirds. It is one of the easiest and most rewarding gardening endeavors. Simply provide the flowers they prefer and these tiny flying gems will visit soon and often. Even a handful of...
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Web Finds

Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory The non-profit Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory offers fun and educational birding events,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Protect Hummingbirds If you hang hummingbird feeders containing sugar water, it's imperative to clean them regularly....
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Regional Reminders

  • Monitor Water Needs of Landscapes
  • Harvest Herbs
  • Water Cactus and Succulents
  • Protect Vegetables
  • Cover the Compost

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