Southwestern Deserts

May, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Stand Up and Garden

National News

If that loud noise you hear when you get up from kneeling in your garden is your bones creaking, then Stand Up and Garden (The Countryman Press, 2012, $16.95) is the book for you! Written by...

Toxic Shock

Results from a study done by Michigan-based Ecology Center's Healthy Stuff.org had some alarming news for gardeners. 179 common garden products such as hoses, garden gloves, kneeling pads, and...

Learn about Late Blight

A couple of summers ago, gardeners in many areas of the East were devastated to find their once healthy tomato plants dying within a matter of days. What started as a few water-soaked spots on the...

Pesticides Cause Bees to Lose Their Way

Just about all gardeners are aware that honeybees are in trouble and that scientists are hard at work trying to figure out the cause of their mysterious decline, called colony collapse disorder....

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In the Garden

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Xeriscape Part I: Planning & Design: Assessing Your Site

Xeriscape design includes a set of seven principles to guide you in the creation and long-term maintenance of a colorful, earth-friendly landscape that suits your unique needs. My last report included ideas to help you brainstorm what you want from your...
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Resources

Web Finds

Harvesting Rainwater Tucson, Arizona author Brad Lancaster wrote the definitive books Rainwater Harvesting for...

Clever Gardening Technique

Use Solar Calculators Many websites exist that can help you determine solar angles when planning your landscape. There...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prepare to Harvest Garlic, Onions, and Shallots
  • Transplant at Dusk
  • Plant Butterfly Landing Pads
  • Inhibit Blossom End Rot
  • Refresh Mulch

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