Southwestern Deserts

August, 2013
Regional Report

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Successful Freezing

National News

Now is the season when our vegetable gardens are overflowing with fresh produce. It's also a time when many gardeners preserve some of this bounty to enjoy the rest of the year. One of the most...

Growing Public

Have you ever looked at a vacant lot, an expanse of grass around a school or municipal building, or an under-used area of a park and thought, "Food could be grown there."? Using public land to...

Bad News for Bees is Bad News for Flowers

It's not news that bees are in trouble. And not just honeybees. Declines in native populations of wild bees have been noted as well. This could present a serious problem for the many...

Joy in the Garden

Late summer and fall is when sedums really shine in the garden. These easy care plants bring color and texture to the late season garden. An exciting addition to the sedum line-up is 'Pure Joy', a...

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In the Garden


Devil's Claw

The summer monsoon season is the perfect time to try your hand at traditional crops. Monsoons bring hot, humid weather with occasional downpours, usually in the afternoon or evening. Native peoples knew to sow fast-maturing, warm-season crops to take...
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Web Finds

Use Water Wisely About 50 percent of residential water use goes to the landscape. With drought conditions...

Clever Gardening Technique

Take a Sunshine Audit Make notes or sketches of where the sun strikes in your landscape at different times of the day...
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Regional Reminders

  • Water Citrus
  • Provide Shade
  • Deadhead Flowers
  • Maintain Summer Lawns
  • Water Appropriately

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