New Mexico College of Agriculture and Home Economics
This Web site of the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Home Economics provides information on all the County Cooperative Extension offices in New Mexico. You'll find contact information, a brief history of the county, as well as links to experts by topic. For example, if you need to know the latest about Africanized bees, windmills, or anything in between, just click on the topic.
Poolscaping: Gardening and Landscaping Around Your Swimming Pool and Spa
This beautifully photographed book, Gardening and Landscaping Around Your Swimming Pool and Spa, by Catriona Tudor Erler (Storey Books, 2003, $19.95) provides a wealth of design information to help you create a pool area that blends artistically and naturally into your landscape. No more stark blue boxes surrounded by concrete! It covers all the basics, such as decking, fencing, and night lighting, as well as ideas for waterfalls, fountains, and spas. One caveat: Most of the suggested poolside plants won't take the intense summer sun and reflected heat that low desert gardeners contend with.