Southwestern Deserts

August, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Colorful Toad Lily

National News

Toad lilies ( Tricyrtis formosana ) are moisture-loving, shade tolerant perennials that are hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8. They flower in late summer and early fall, offering color and interest in the...

San Francisco Becomes More Food Sustainable

Creating a healthy, sustainable food system is on many people's minds these days. Books, articles, and documentaries highlight pockets of successful programs across the country. Now, one city is...

National Indoor Gardening Day

While many gardeners in the country are enjoying the fruits of their summer labors, some forward-looking folks are focusing on a time of year when, for most of us, our gardening will be limited to...

What’s Woolch Mulch?

While in England this past summer, I noticed gardeners using wool around plants that slugs love. It appears the wool deters the slugs and snails from eating the foliage. Well, here’s a new idea...

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In the Garden


Composting is Easy!

Garden beds containing nonnative flowers and vegetables need rich soil. You can purchase organic matter to incorporate into the garden, although making your own compost is satisfying and earth-friendly. Thirty to 40 percent of material trucked to...
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Shows & Events

Grow Native! Fall Plant Sale and Educational Festival Fun for all ages at the Highland Center for Natural History's fall event on Saturday, August 29...

Favorite or New Plant

Vitex or Chase Tree If you originated in another region of the country and miss growing lilacs, Vitex agnus-castus...
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Regional Reminders

  • Start Vegetable Transplants
  • Pull Summer Weeds
  • Add Iron to Plants
  • Care for Containers
  • Maintain Summer Lawns

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