Southwestern Deserts

September, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh

National News

One of the joys of having a flower garden outdoors is being able to bring some of that beauty indoors. Whether you have a cutting garden from which you can harvest armloads of fresh flowers or...

Frogs and Fungicides

As scientists note a worldwide decline in amphibians, they have come to consider that these animals are perhaps our environment's "canary in the coal mine," giving us early warning of...

Golden "Fire"

Zinnias have long been garden favorites for their bright blossoms and easy culture. But many have one big drawback- susceptibility to fungal diseases. Now gardeners who want a dose of hot color...

All the Dirt on Tomatoes

Tomato season is coming to a close for gardeners in many parts of the country. But until frost hits, it's time to harvest and enjoy fresh tomatoes, and perhaps preserve some of the bounty for...

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In the Garden

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Integrated Pest Management Part 2: Cultural Control Methods

As covered in my last report, growing healthy plants is an important part of integrated pest management (IPM) because strong plants are less susceptible to attack by insects and diseases. No attack, no problems! Many gardeners likely implement the...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Coral Vine or Queen's Wreath This Mexican native vine ( Antigonon leptopus ) thrives in summer's heat, often growing beyond...

Clever Gardening Technique

Double Up Vines Plant coral vine in front of another vine that stays more reliably evergreen and has a different...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Cool-Season Vegetables
  • Evaluate Your Landscape
  • Feed Roses
  • Buy Wildflower Seeds
  • Help Poinsettias and Christmas Cactus Rebloom

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