Southwestern Deserts

January, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Tomatoes Help You Stay Healthy

National News

We all know that a ripe tomato, picked fresh from the garden, is one of the tastiest treats around. But a new study bolsters the evidence that including tomatoes in your diet provides excellent...

Don't Eat Dropped Apples

If you grow apples in your home garden, you may be tempted to collect dropped apples to use for making applesauce, cider, or apple butter. But according to a news release from the University of...

But Do Eat Sound Apples!

An apple a day may indeed keep the doctor away! In an apple industry-funded study done recently at Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and published online in...

Reducing Food Waste

Last time you cleaned out the refrigerator, did a lot of stuff originally intended for your plate end up in the trash? If so, you're not alone. According to a study released in August 2012 by the...

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In the Garden


When to Sow Vegetables in Desert Gardens

"Timing is everything." We've probably all uttered that phrase at least once, and it holds especially true for gardening. Knowing when to sow seeds -- either directly into the soil outdoors or indoors for a jumpstart on the season -- makes the...
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Shows & Events

Beat Back Buffelgrass Day Non-native invasive buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) is harmfully changing the Sonoran desert's...

Web Finds

Arizona Master Gardener Manual Planting Calendar The Southwest's varied topography and climate create myriad growing conditions and planting...
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Regional Reminders

  • Transplant Bare-Root Deciduous Fruit Trees
  • Fertilize Citrus Trees
  • Transplant Bare-Root Roses
  • Prune Dormant Fruits
  • Prune Modern Hybrid Roses

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