Southwestern Deserts

October, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Colorful Abelia

National News

Abelia is a broadleaf evergreen that grows well in USDA hardiness zones 6 to 10. The glossy green foliage contrasts nicely with the pinkish-white flowers in summer and fall. Now a new variety of...

Watch Birds with New Birdcam

Gardeners love to feed and watch birds. However, birds are often at the feeder or in nesting boxes when you’re at work, early in the morning, or late in the day. It’s hard to catch all the...

Build Your Own Weeder

The wheel hoe is a nifty, hand-powered weeder that is great for slicing off weeds at the soil line. It features a wheel attached to a metal frame with a sharp blade and wooden handles. If you’re...

New Farmer’s Business Book

Gardeners trying to establish a new market vegetable garden or farm may not take the time or have the expertise for the business side of their operation. They spend most of their time building the...

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In the Garden


Wildflower Sowing Season

Temperatures have been so unseasonably hot in Phoenix that it seems more like summer than fall's wildflower sowing season. Don't let that stop you. It's time to dig out those little envelopes and paper bags of seeds you saved last spring or buy some...
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Favorite or New Plant

'America' Climbing Rose If you have space for a tall climber and want fragrance, 'America' will reward you with stunning...

Shows & Events

Fall Color Shows Don't miss autumn leaves. Track down fall color hot spots by state or national forest with help...
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Regional Reminders

  • Amend Garden Soil
  • Transplant Landscape Plants
  • Plant Cool-Season Vegetables
  • Start Cool-Season Culinary Herbs
  • Initiate Reblooming of Christmas Cacti

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