Southwestern Deserts

January, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Cool Peppers for Cool Climates

National News

Peppers are heat lovers, no doubt about that. They relish a long season of warmth. But gardeners in areas with short growing seasons love peppers, which is why many are always on the lookout for...

Peak Phlox Performance

Garden phlox, when well grown, is one of the glories of the midsummer garden, its large heads of flowers adding color, fragrance, and stature to flower beds as the many early summer blooming...

Project BudBurst

It may still be cold in many parts of the country, but we've turned the corner toward springtime and the days are getting longer. It won't be too much longer before buds are bursting out all over....

Celebrating Urban Birds

Want to learn more about how you can help birds in urban environments, participate as a citizen scientist in the study of these feathered creatures, or simply celebrate their presence amidst all...

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In the Garden

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Tree Pruning

January and February are recommended months for pruning non-native deciduous shade and fruit trees at low desert elevations. Bare branches allow you to see the tree structure so you can make cuts in the proper locations. As temperatures warm, the tree...
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Resources

Shows & Events

High on the Desert Gardening & Landscaping Conference Learn gardening techniques for the unique growing conditions of the high desert. University of...

Clever Gardening Technique

Sterilize Pruning Tools Always use sharp, sterile pruning tools. If you believe your tree may have a disease or pest...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Cool Season Annuals If Needed
  • Grow a Salad Bowl
  • Reduce Fertilizer and Water for Houseplants
  • Cover Plants Early If Freeze Is Predicted
  • Light Up Seedlings

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