Southwestern Deserts

February, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Blazing Good Pepper

National News

Nutritionists encourage us to include lots of colorful, fresh produce in our diets. Ripe sweet bell peppers in an array of colors, from yellow and orange to red and purple, are a tasty way to do...

Pollinator-Friendly Gardening

Are you concerned about the decline in both honeybees and native pollinators? Want to know what you can do to help? The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research has a helpful website with lots of...

Journey to Shangri-La

What is it about the first flowers of spring that make them so delightful? Maybe it the sight of color in the garden after the long month of winter that makes us revel so in the blossoms of...

Allergies Worsen Along with Climate Change

A newly released study by the USDA confirms what many allergy sufferers may have suspected. "Ragweed pollen in some parts of the northern United States and Canada now lingers almost a month longer...

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In the Garden


Sphinx Moth

When I first moved to the Southwest and spied an adult sphinx moth plundering nectar from lantana blossoms at dusk, I thought it was a tiny, rather drab, hummingbird. In the low light, I couldn't get a good look at it, although its rapid darting from...
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Shows & Events

Southwest Community Gardening Conference Be inspired! Learn how to get your local community garden up and growing at this spring's...

Web Finds

Home Fruit Production Citrus Get expert advice from Texas A&M University Extension at Home Citrus Production . This site...
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Regional Reminders

  • Rejuvenate Ornamental Clumping Grasses
  • Fertilize Deciduous Fruit Trees
  • Transplant Tomatoes and Peppers
  • Monitor Weather Forecasts
  • Prune Dormant Plants

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