Southwestern Deserts

November, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Hawaiian Taro Plants

National News

The hot summer weather may be long gone, but fall is a good time of year to reflect on what grew well and plan for next spring. Colocassia, or taro, is a tropical plant that has huge leaves and...

Deep Composting

Composting is a great fall activity. Instead of shipping your leaves, grass clippings, and old annual plants to the landfill, they can be used to make a rich soil amendment for your garden. Most...

Creating a Nation of Farmers

It is well-known that there are serious problems with our food system. It’s heavily dependent on fossil fuels, making it vulnerable to rising gas and oil prices. It contributes to pollution and...

Stop Cats from Catching Birds

Cats are cute and cuddly, but they still are felines. Their instincts are to hunt. Many cat owners are horrified to find their cat stalking and killing birds, especially those at the bird feeder....

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In the Garden


Native Bees in the Garden

European honeybees and their kin, the Africanized "killer" bees, garner media attention, but many other fascinating native bees are hard at work in the landscape. Arizona authors Stephen L. Buchmann and Gary Paul Nabhan write in The Forgotten...
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Web Finds

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Pollinator Conservation Check out the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Web site to learn about the Pollinator Conservation...


The Forgotten Pollinators In The Forgotten Pollinators (Island Press, 1996) authors Stephen L. Buchmann and Gary Paul...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Holiday Bulbs
  • Thin Wildflowers
  • Plant a Quick Color Bowl
  • Fertilize Roses
  • Divide Offshoots

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