Southwestern Deserts

July, 2010
Regional Report

Web Finds

Desert Harvesters
Tucson-based Desert Harvesters is a volunteer group that promotes the planting of native food-bearing shade trees with rainwater harvesting techniques in the landscape. Their website also contains complete details on collecting and processing mesquite pods, mesquite's nutritional value, and cooking with mesquite. Their calendar lists events such as mesquite pod grinding using their industrial hammermill and community breakfasts featuring mesquite flour pancakes and syrup.

Clever Gardening Technique

Keep Your Native Plants During Construction
If you have a blank lot and are building a new home, don't automatically scrape the land clear of valuable plant material. Take time to consider how existing trees, shrubs and specimen plants can work in your final plan. Create a barrier around plants to serve as a reminder to construction workers. Take care not to damage roots with digging or heavy equipment compressing the soil. Packing the soil densely inhibits air and water flow, both essential for root health.

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