Southwestern Deserts

May, 2014
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Red Swan Bush Beans

National News

Edible landscaping is a concept that's here to stay. No longer is the food garden relegated to a rectangle of plants in straight rows tucked into an out-of-the-way spot in the backyard. Gardeners,...

Sweet Orange Impatiens

Impatiens has long been a favorite choice for all summer color in the shade garden. But unfortunately in the past few years a new disease called downy mildew of impatiens has decimated plantings...

Pop in a Winterberry

Winterberry, a deciduous member of the Holly clan, is popular for adding fall and winter color to the landscape with its bright red berries. But most varieties of Ilex verticillata are large...

Spotlight on Youth Gardens: Chicago Youth Center

In a crime-ridden neighborhood in Chicago, the Chicago Youth Center's (CYC) Sunshine Garden, a recipient of the National Gardening Association's 2014 Youth Garden Grant, provides a safe haven for...

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In the Garden

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Water Gardening in the Desert

Water gardening in the desert is coming into vogue. Desert dwellers are beginning to realize the many tangible and intangible benefits a water feature provides in our relentlessly arid climate. Water conservation might not spring to mind as a benefit,...
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Resources

Web Finds

The Last Word on Botanical Names Its name is a tad cumbersome, but Integrated Taxonomic Information System provides the...

Clever Gardening Technique

Pollinate Tomatoes If tomato plants aren't setting fruit due to a lack of pollinators (or very high temperatures),...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch for Orange Dog Caterpillars
  • Sow Sunflowers
  • Reprogram Timers
  • Mulch Tomatoes and Peppers
  • Plant Bermuda Lawns

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