Southwestern Deserts

August, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

More Good Reasons to Eat Fruits and Vegetables

National News

For years we've been told that, in terms of weight loss, it's not what you eat but how much that matters. If you eat fewer calories, you'll lose weight, regardless of where those calories come...

If You Want to Get Rich, Become a Farmer

This surprising bit of advice comes from Wall Street investment whiz Jim Rogers. It seems that while the rest of the economy continues to limp along, the farm sector is in something of a boom....

Grow a Weed-free Garden

Weeds are the bane of just about every gardener. While insect and disease problems may wax and wane with pest populations cycles and the weather, just about everyone who gardens counts weeding...

Landscape Mulches and Fire Safety

The battles against big wildfires in the Southwest and other parts of the country this summer highlight the importance for homeowners in fire-prone areas to consider the combustibility of mulch...

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In the Garden


Monsoon Mania

Summer monsoon thunderstorms continue this month, bringing much-needed precipitation and less-welcome dust, along with varied opportunities and chores for the gardener. Summer is sometimes considered the off-season for low desert gardening, much like...
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Favorite or New Plant

Mexican Tarragon or Mexican Mint Marigold Tagetes lucida is a fragrant herbaceous perennial that is an anise-flavored substitute for...

Clever Gardening Technique

Choose One Corn Sow only one type of corn during each growing season. Otherwise, wind-pollination will cause...
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Regional Reminders

  • Control Tomato Hornworms
  • Transplant Palms in the Low Desert
  • Tranplant Landscape Plants at Mid and High Elevations
  • Deadhead and Harvest
  • Patrol for Scorpions (or not)

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