Southwestern Deserts

December, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Pepper Plants
Two peppers were named All-America Selections for 2012. 'Cayennetta' won the Vegetable Award for its mildly spicy peppers that start out green and mature to red. The compact, upright bush is good for small space gardening. 'Black Olive', an ornamental pepper, won the Flower Award for its pretty purple foliage and flowers, as well as edible hot peppers that start out purple and mature to red. The plant works well in ornamental containers as well as added to cut bouquets. More details on these and other winners are available at All-America Selections website at

Clever Gardening Technique

Add Warmth for Frost Protection
The slight heat generated by a mechanic's light with a 100-watt bulb can help protect citrus or other frost-tender plants. Drape the plant with a cover that extends all the way to the ground and hang the light beneath the cover to generate up to several degrees of warmth. Be very careful that the light does not touch the plant or the covering. Remove the cover and light the next morning.

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