Southwestern Deserts

July, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

21st Century Greens

National News

As the world population soars toward a predicted peak of around 9 billion by the middle of this century, the global food system falls short both in providing adequate nutritional support to many...

The National Heirloom Exposition

If you are one of the many gardeners interested in growing heirloom vegetables, fruits, and flowers, you can find out more by attending the National Heirloom Exposition at the Sonoma County...

Orchids are Tops

What is the highest value floriculture crop these days? According to an article in the July 2011 issue of Greenhouse Grower, it's no longer poinsettias. As noted in the USDA's Floriculture Crops...

Bronze Birch Borer Resistance

The bronze birch borer is a native insect that can weaken and kill birches in landscape plantings. While trees that are stressed by dry soil are most vulnerable, different species of birches have...

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In the Garden

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Beat the Heat!

Triple-digit temperatures may dissuade you from tackling heavy-duty gardening tasks right now, but summer is a great time for low desert gardeners to contemplate design changes and projects. Here are some random ideas to consider. Reduce Hot...
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Resources

Web Finds

Weed ID Guide Over 420 plants, sorted by common and Latin names are included in Weed ID from the University...

Favorite or New Plant

Conehead Thyme I love the large domed shape of Thymus capitatus , which measures about 1 to 2 feet tall and 2...
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Regional Reminders

  • Offer Bird Baths
  • Sow Okra
  • Prevent Citrus Rinds From Cracking
  • Control the Spread of Bermudagrass
  • Refresh Mulch

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