Southwestern Deserts

February, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Half a Plate of Produce

National News

"Make half the food on your plate fruits and vegetables." Following this tip is an easy way to bring your diet in line with the USDA's recently released Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 ....

Killing Weeds Organically

Many gardeners prefer to steer clear of chemical herbicides, yet are looking for ways to make weed control easier. There are a number of organic herbicide products on the market these days. Are...

Vulnerable Viburnums

In the early 1990s, a previously unknown fungus-like organism called Phytopthora ramorum was discovered infecting rhododendrons and viburnums in parts of Europe. Then this same organism was...

Get Ready for Hijinks this Halloween

Halloween, that holiday of tricks and treats, may seem a long way away as winter cold and snow still covers much of country. But it's not too early to be planning your hijinks -- in the form of...

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In the Garden


Kumquat Hedge

Not many of us are blessed with "40 acres and a mule" anymore. Okay, a stubborn mule may not be a blessing, but I don't know any gardeners who wouldn't appreciate extra space. However, suburban developers seem to cram as big a house as possible on...
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Shows & Events

16th Annual Water Conservation/Xeriscape Conference & Expo This year's theme, "Re: Connect - People, Nature, Environment," offers speakers from diverse...

Favorite or New Plant

Blanket Flower Blanket flower (Gaillardia spp.) is a colorful wildflower that is easy to grow from seed and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Reduce Olive Pollen
  • Don't Prune Frost Damage
  • Gather Tomato Plants
  • Continue Sowing Cool Season Salad Greens
  • Plant Bare Root Roses

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