Southwestern Deserts

December, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Balloon Flower Trial

National News

Balloon flowers ( Platycodons grandiflorus ) are beautiful summer-blooming perennials that come in a range of flower colors including, pink, white, and blue. They grow to a height of about 3 feet...

New California Lilac Has Colorful Foliage

Ceanothus is known as the California lilac. This shrub is hardy only in USDA zones 8 to 10. However, in those areas it grows 8 feet tall and wide and produces lavender-colored flowers from...

Smelly Compost Pile? Just Add Water

Composting is a great way to reduce household and yard organic waste and create a good soil amendment for your garden. While the materials in a well constructed compost pile will break down...

Illustrated Guide to Gardening Now Organic!

The Illustrated Guide to Gardening has been a gardening bible for many for years. Originally published in 1970s, this book has been the mainstay for many a gardener across the country. The All...

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In the Garden


Protect Tender Plants from Cold

Monitor weather forecasts and if frost is predicted, be prepared to cover susceptible plants such as citrus, bougainvillea, hibiscus, natal plum, and annual flower and vegetable gardens at sunset. Native plants are usually okay, as they are adapted to...
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Shows & Events

Camp Verde Wine, Pecan, and Antique Festival Wine and pecan pie, what more is needed? Sip wines from Arizona vineyards and sample pecans from...

Web Finds

Garden Clubs Looking for a garden club to join? University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Container Plants
  • Maintain Winter Lawns
  • Plant Bareroot Deciduous Fruit Trees
  • Plant Herbs
  • Monitor for Aphids

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