Southwestern Deserts

August, 2014
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Tree Check Month for Asian Longhorn Beetles

National News

The Asian longhorn beetle (ALB) is one of the biggest threats to trees in this country. This invasive insect, first discovered in the U.S. in 1996, arrived accidentally from Asia in wood cargo...

Award Winning Veggies

All-America Selections recently announced six 2015 Vegetable Award winners, including Regional and National winners. Three are varieties that will make great fall gardening choices for gardeners...

Busy Bees

Want to know what it's really like to be busy as a bee? Tune into the live bee cam at the People's Garden Apiary located on the roof of the Jamie L. Whitten Building at USDA Headquarters in...

The Best Joe-Pye Weeds

One of the most stunning plants in a late season garden, Joe-Pye weed dazzles with large clusters of pink, purple, or white flowers on plants that can rise as high as 6 or even 8 feet tall. These...

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In the Garden


Getting Desert Soil Ready for Veggies

It may be difficult to fathom in the midst of summer temperatures, but cool-season vegetable planting is not too far off. In the low desert it's best to wait until temperatures drop towards the end of September or early October, which is less stressful...
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Shows & Events

Making Flower Essences From Your Garden and Yard Flower essences are subtle vibrational remedies that address emotional, spiritual, and mind body...

Favorite or New Plant

Blue Yucca The blue coloration of Yucca rigida provides soothing shade in a desert landscape. This yucca's...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Palms
  • Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Areas
  • Hose Off Dusty Plants
  • Consult an Arborist
  • Fertilize Lawns

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