Southwestern Deserts

July, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Compact Obedient Plant

National News

Obedient plant ( Physostegia ) is a widely adapted perennial flower that is so-named, not for its compact and controllable growth habit, but for the way the flowers can be bent into a desired...

On-Line Fruit Encyclopedia

If you’re a fruit nut, here’s a Web site for you. is an on-going encyclopedia of edible fruits of the world that lists almost 300 different fruits from around the world. Developed...

The Soil Sifter

Many garden plants love a loose, fertile topsoil for growing. This is especially true of fine-rooted plants. However, unless you’re willing to buy bagged topsoil or compost or have someone screen...

Keeping Kudzu Under Control

It’s considered the scourge of the South. Kudzu is a perennial, vining weed that has taken over thousands of acres of land in the Southeast. It spreads at a rate of 150,000 acres a year and, with...

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In the Garden


Praying Mantids

While brushing away leaves stuck to the top of a barrel cactus, movement from a praying mantid scurrying from my disruptive activities caught my eye. Praying mantids are intriguing insects that can be found in the garden in summer. Adult praying mantids...
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Shows & Events

Tomato Fiesta Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners host the Tomato Fiesta event including heirloom...

Clever Gardening Technique

A Good Use for Mesquite Beans Flour made from mesquite beans is highly nutritious and was once a staple of Native American...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sow Sunflower Seeds
  • Provide Water for Wildlife
  • Wash off Cochineal Scale
  • Sow Pumpkin Seeds
  • Water Effectively

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