Southwestern Deserts

January, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Running of the Gourds
If you're interested in growing gourds, using them for crafts or art projects, or just want a family outing, check out Wuertz Farm's 7th annual Gourd Festival. There will be over 100 gourd artists and vendors, a judged gourd show, classes, gourds for sale, food and entertainment. Admission is $6. Held rain or shine in Casa Grande, AZ on February 5-6, 9 am to 5 pm and February 7 from 10 to 3. http://wuertzfarm.com/Festivalhome.html

Clever Gardening Technique

Houseplants Need a Winter Break
Don't worry if your houseplants aren't showing new growth now. They're in winter dormancy. Plants need this rest, so don't overfeed or overwater, which promotes root rot. Also, be sure they're not getting blasted with hot air from a heater vent or fireplace. Plants close to windows may get too much cold air at night, so move them or provide a shield between them and the window. The most comfortable temperature range for indoor plants is 65 to 75 degrees F., with extremes of 60 and 80 degrees.

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