Southwestern Deserts

March, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Late Blight Tolerant Cherry Tomato

National News

Late blight has been a scourge for many tomato growers in eastern parts of the country in the last couple of years. This disease, caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytopthora infestans can...

Potting Soil Safety

Most of the bacteria you might encounter in potting soil and compost is of the beneficial variety, part of a community of microorganisms that helps to make nutrients available to plants and...

The Year of the Zinnia

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2011 to be the Year of the Zinnia. These easy to grow annuals not only provide season-long color, but are available in such a wide range of colors, heights...

Grafting Tomatoes

We've all probably heard of grafting fruit trees and roses, but tomatoes? Grafted tomatoes are becoming popular because they allow fruiting varieties that may not exhibit good disease resistance...

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In the Garden


Outdoor Seating

I%%%ve visited many delightful gardens this spring whose owners have filled their spaces with eclectic outdoor furniture. I%%%ve been impressed with their imagination, whimsy, and confident color sense employed to devise arrangements for sitting,...
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Web Finds

Earth-Kind Landscaping Texas A&M Extension Horticulture has collected its research- sustainable gardening information at...

Clever Gardening Technique

Do Not Neglect Mowing Chores Regular mowing (about every 5 to 7 days) keeps lawns healthy and attractive. Don%%%t let grass...
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Regional Reminders

  • Look Out for Ladybeetles
  • Dealing with Frost Damaged Plants
  • Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades
  • Let Salad Greens Bolt
  • Watch Water Needs in Windy Weather

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