Southwestern Deserts

August, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Grow an Old-Fashioned Fruit Garden

National News

What's the best way to use your delicious, home-grown small fruits? If you're looking for ideas beyond just popping them fresh into your mouth, as well as advice on growing and harvesting, check...

Get Some Good Vibrations

Evergreen junipers are popular for the low-maintenance color and structure they provide year round in the landscape. But their prickly foliage isn't always fun to work around. But Good...

Gardening in a Drought

Much of the country has suffered in the throes of record –breaking heat and drought or abnormally dry conditions this summer. Keeping a garden thriving when the mercury rises and the rains...

Tasteless Tomatoes

It's not big news that many modern tomatoes don't have the flavor of older varieties, especially those that have been bred primarily for commercial production. But some new research published...

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In the Garden


Xeriscape Part III: Plant Selection: Edibles: Deciduous Fruit Trees

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. Previous reports covered design, site analysis, whether to install turf, and...
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Web Finds

Backyard Fruit Production at Elevations 3500 to 6000 Feet Backyard Fruit Production at Elevations 3500 to 6000 Feet from University of Arizona...

Clever Gardening Technique

Extend Fruit Harvest If you have space for multiple deciduous fruit trees, extend your season of harvest by choosing...
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Regional Reminders

  • Dethatch Lawns
  • Harvest Okra Pods and Flowers
  • Continue Monitoring Water Needs
  • Prune Storm-Damaged Trees
  • Fertilize Citrus

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