Southwestern Deserts

August, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

A Cold Shower for Hot Tomatoes

National News

We all know that tomato plants growing in the garden are heat-lovers. So it may come as a surprise to find that, for young plants, using cold irrigation water results in the sturdiest plants....

ADHD and Pesticide Exposure- A Possible Link

If you need a reason to consider "going organic" in the garden and at the supermarket, consider the findings of a study published recently in Pediatrics®, the official journal of the American...

Wave Good-bye to Wasps

Nothing can spoil a late summer picnic or barbecue faster than having to fend off hordes of wasps and yellowjackets. But hold that spray- wasps are also beneficial garden predators that feed on...

The Year of the Heirloom Apple

As apple harvest season approaches, take a moment to consider that 'Delicious' apples account for 41% of the apple crop in the U.S., and only 11 varieties comprise 90% of the apples sold in chain...

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In the Garden


Top Ten Plants for Pollinators

My last report covered the importance of pollinators, and as promised, here are terrific plants to encourage birds, bees, butterflies, bats and moths to visit your garden. I narrowed the choices to ten of my favorite low-water-use plants native to the...
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Clever Gardening Technique

Track Your Bloom Seasons Make a master list of plants in your yard and note when they bloom or offer other seasonal...

Shows & Events

Chile Festival Fall is around the corner, and in the Southwest, that means chile harvests. Experience the fire...
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Regional Reminders

  • Hose off Cochineal Scale
  • Enjoy Praying Mantids
  • Water Effectively
  • Aerate Bermuda Lawns
  • Pinch Herbs

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