Southwestern Deserts

January, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Two Bright New Echinacea

National News

Echinacea have become the trendy flower. Every year there seems to be new varieties on the market stretching the imagination of what's possible with this hardy, native perennial. Breeders have...

The New Revised Pruning Book

Pruning is one of the most essential and intimidating tasks a gardener can do. The best way to learn pruning is to have someone walk you through it step by step for each plant. That may not be...

New Colorful Crape Myrtle

Crape myrtles are considered the lilacs of the South. These beautiful, small trees feature attractive, lilac-shaped flowers that bloom from mid-summer until frost as well as exfoliating bark for...

Smaller Lawns for Some Cities

Parts of California have been in drought for the past three years and the lack of water is starting to cause lawmakers to take extreme measures. One of the biggest sources of water usage is the...

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In the Garden


Low Desert Flower Gardens

One of my New Year's resolutions is to reorganize my bookshelves, which are stacked pell mell with gardening and plant books. This is turning out to be a slow process because I tend to sit down and peruse every other book with a cup of tea. But it's...
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Shows & Events

Running of the Gourds If you're interested in growing gourds, using them for crafts or art projects, or just want a...

Clever Gardening Technique

Houseplants Need a Winter Break Don't worry if your houseplants aren't showing new growth now. They're in winter dormancy. Plants...
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Regional Reminders

  • Reduce Winter Watering
  • Pruning Time
  • Start Tomatoes and Peppers
  • Continue Planting Cool-Season Vegetables
  • Fertilize Citrus

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