Southwestern Deserts

October, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Weeping Blue Ginger

National News

Are you looking for a plant to brighten your patio this fall and indoors this winter? Why not try this weeping, blue-flowered ginger? Dichorisandra pendula is native to Brazil and thrives in...

New Veggie Soup Cookbook

Fall has arrived and that means it’s time to warm up the body with tasty and nutritious soups. If you’re tired of the same few recipes you keep using over and over, try out this new cookbook. From...

Bulbs that Resist Vole Damage

October is the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs in your garden across much of the country. If you've ever planted tulips, hyacinths, and crocus, only to be frustrated when few flowers emerge...

Students are Happier in Classrooms with Plants

It’s widely known that the presence of houseplants in rooms improves air quality, reduces eye irritation and stress, motivates employees, and even improves concentration. In one study, employees’...

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In the Garden


Cactus Planting Tips

Autumn is a great time to add all sorts of plants to your low desert landscape because they have six or seven months to establish root systems before hot weather returns. Cacti can be transplanted now, and a few tricks make the task go more smoothly and...
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Favorite or New Plant

Chenille Prickly Pear Cactus Some prickly pear glochids are barely noticeable. Others create noticeable polka dots of color...

Clever Gardening Technique

Removing Glochids from your Skin If cactus glochids get stuck in your skin, try one of these removal methods: 1. Use tweezers...
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Regional Reminders

  • Transplant Landscape Plants
  • Propagate Herbs
  • Watch for Caterpillar Migrations
  • Clean Up Gardens
  • Sow Wildflower Seeds

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