Southwestern Deserts

November, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Climate Friendly Gardening

National News

While climate change is a global problem, home gardeners can do their part to avoid contributing to the problem. By following the dictum "Think globally, act locally," gardeners can use...

Broccoli for Healthy Babies

Expectant mothers know that eating a healthy diet while pregnant is important for the development of healthy babies. Now new research indicates that substances in the diets of pregnant mothers...

Glamorous Kale

Ornamental cabbages and kales are some of the most colorful additions to the fall garden. Displaying eye-catching, ruffled textures and vivid shades of pink, purple, red, white and green, these...

Clear the Air with Houseplants

Scientists have known for years that plants can take up common indoor air pollutants, improving the air quality for the occupants of homes and offices while not harming the plants themselves. One...

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In the Garden

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Integrated Pest Management Part 6: Use Pesticides Responsibly

My previous report covered the final leg of Integrated Pest Management strategies, using chemical controls. Remember that IPM gives you the option to do nothing, so don't automatically reach for a spray can every time an unfamiliar bug passes by!...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Bat-faced Cuphea The common name of Cuphea llavea refers to this pernnial's flowers, which resemble bat faces...

Clever Gardening Technique

Eliminate Unnecessary Spraying Spraying pesticides routinely as a "prevention program" is seldom needed in our desert...
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Regional Reminders

  • Scout New Rose Varieties
  • Water Pecan Trees Deeply
  • Watch for Caterpillar Migrations
  • Stop Fertilizing Citrus and Tropical Plants
  • Continue to Reduce Watering on Landscape Plants

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