Southwestern Deserts

March, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Snow in Summer

National News

Sweet alyssum ( Lobularia ) is such a versatile plant, it deserves a spot in just about every garden. Its frothy mounds of flowers look great as an edging plant, in a hanging basket or trailing...

Composting Made Easy

Adding compost to your soil is one of the best ways to improve growing conditions in any garden. Compost helps to lighten heavy soil, increase the water-holding capacity of sandy soils, encourage...

Back-Friendly Gardening

Gardening is great exercise, but all the bending and stooping needed as you weed, prune and plant can take its toll on your back. For those of us whose backs aren’t as strong as they once were, a...

Greencare for Troops

Greencare for Troops is a nationwide outreach program coordinated by the non-profit organization Project Evergreen, whose mission is to preserve and enhance green space in communities across the...

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In the Garden

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Creating Garden Beds with Minimal Labor

My two previous reports described basic desert soil characteristics and how to amend desert soil to create enriched garden beds. This report covers a less laborious method (in other words, little or no digging) for transforming native soil into a richer...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Arbor Day Plant a tree! National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, although many states celebrate...

Favorite or New Plant

Velvet Mesquite Prosopis velutina is a deciduous native tree that takes full sun, alkaline soil and limited...
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Regional Reminders

  • Use Herbs
  • Make Plant Lists
  • Pull Winter Weeds
  • Prolong Cool-Season Vegetable Harvest
  • Maintain Wildflowers

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