Southwestern Deserts

February, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

2013 Espoma Environmental Stewardship Award

National News

Environmental stewardship begins at home. One way to do this is to incorporate sustainable, ecologically sound practices into the gardening and landscaping you do. Creating and maintaining an...

Harvest a Harvest Moon

You won't have to wait for a harvest moon in the sky to pluck one from your garden -- a 'Harvest Moon' watermelon, that is! A 2013 All-America Selections (AAS) Vegetable Award Winner, this is the...

Linking Neighborhoods and Childhood Obesity

We've probably all heard the real estate maxim, ″Location, location, location!″ Well, it turns out to be true for more than just housing values. It also plays a role in the problem of...

Producing Perfect Pepper Transplants

Peppers, whether hot or sweet, are not the easiest crop to grow in many parts of the country. They sulk in cold, yet if it gets too hot, with temperatures above 90 degrees F, they may not set...

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In the Garden

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Three Healthy Reasons to Grow Houseplants

Improve Indoor Air Quality Houseplants enhance indoor air quality by removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by paint, carpet, building materials, furniture, and household cleaners. University of Georgia researchers tested 28 houseplant...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Purple Heart Incredible foliage color and lack of fussiness make Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea' a fun...

Clever Gardening Technique

Grow Houseplants Organically Some research shows that houseplants may release their own whiff of VOCs, probably due to growing...
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Regional Reminders

  • Transplant Tomatoes
  • Finish Transplanting Bare-Root Roses and Fruit Trees
  • Skip an Irrigation
  • Thin Root Crops
  • Prepare for Warm-Season Gardening

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