Southwestern Deserts

October, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

The Weekend Homesteader

National News

Are you ready to move your food gardening up a notch, cut your grocery bills, and have a healthier diet? You can do all this with advice from Anna Hess in her new book, The Weekend Homesteader: A...

Celebrate Food Day

As gardeners, many of us appreciate and experience the benefits of fresh, healthful, and sustainably grown food. But unfortunately not everyone in this country has access to these benefits. That's...

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

There's a new pest on the block and it's raising quite a stink. Brown marmorated stink bugs are pests that were first found in this country in the late 1990s, presumably having hitched a ride in...

Purple Pearls

For a distinctive note of color in your fall garden, add this new beautyberry hybrid to your landscape. A cross between Callicarpa dichotema and Callicarpa kwantungensis, Purple Pearls™...

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In the Garden

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Xeriscape Part V & VI: Soil Improvement & Mulching

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 and site analysis, whether to install turf,...
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Resources

Web Finds

Arizona Municipal Water Users Association My October 4 report described some of the basic drip irrigation components. For more details,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Enjoy Free Mulch Allow leaf, flower, and seedpods that drop on the ground to remain as a natural layer of free...
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Regional Reminders

  • Protect Young Flowers and Vegetables
  • Sow Parsley
  • Plant Bulbs
  • Decide What to do with your Winter Lawn
  • Adjust Irrigation Timers

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