Southwestern Deserts

March, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Perennial Plant of the Year

National News

Each year the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) chooses an easily grown, widely adapted perennial with multi-season interest as its Perennial Plant of the Year. Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack...

Casting Votes, Saving Rivers

River Network is an organization devoted to saving one of the earth's most precious resources -- fresh water. Population growth, climate change, stormwater-caused pollution, and wetland...

Overfed and Undernourished

Here's an alarming statistic. According to a nationwide dietary survey conducted by researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, ″For...

Fighting Plant Viruses with Biomarkers

When you have a pest or disease outbreak in your garden, it may feel like the insects or microorganisms have the upper hand. But scientists are working hard to fight back in ways that are...

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In the Garden


Tomato Transplanting Tips

Nothing beats a delicious tomato eaten straight from the garden. Tomatoes are considered warm-season vegetables, so it may seem odd to plant them when we're still experiencing cold temperatures. However, in the desert, the low desert in particular,...
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Shows & Events

Real Gardens for Real People Garden Tour Enjoy the 11th annual garden tour sponsored by University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative...

Clever Gardening Technique

Maintain Leafy Hedges When pruning hedges, keep the base as wide or wider than the top. Leaves need sunlight to grow,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Tend Spring Wildflowers
  • Research Landscape Plants
  • Feed Deciduous Fruit Trees
  • Remove Cool Season Weeds
  • Start Warm Season Vining Crops Indoors

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