Southwestern Deserts

December, 2009
Regional Report

Web Finds

Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners
Cornell University Cooperative Extension has long been in the forefront of matters important to home gardening and their Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners Web site continues that mission. The site encourages gardeners (citizen scientists) to provide input on vegetable performances in the garden, including yields, problems, and of course, flavor. You can search for the perfect zucchini or read reviews of the overall top ten veggie varieties.

Caveat: It's probably most useful to take into account the state or region in which the reviewer gardens in because a tomato's performance in the cold Northeast may differ considerably from the same variety's performance in the hot Southwest. The more ratings added to the database, the more useful it will become as the tried-and-true become obvious, so consider adding your own favorites (or "lemons") to the list.

Clever Gardening Technique

Create Inexpensive Bulb Markers
Fall-planted bulbs are poking up their green shoots (or soon will be). If you didn't mark them at planting time, you're in good company! Paint flat rocks with the names or likenesses of your bulb plants to serve as placemarkers at the end of their growing season, so you won't inadvertently dig them up after the foliage is spent. Rocks at ground level are less obtrusive than stakes in a small garden.

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