Southwestern Deserts

December, 2013
Regional Report

Web Finds

Garden Clubs
Looking for a garden club to join? University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension website lists about 40 garden clubs in the greater Phoenix area, from gourds to roses to herbs to native plants to ponds to orchids and more. Listings include contact info and dates and times of meetings. Most have direct links to the club's website.

Clever Gardening Technique

Testing Christmas Tree Freshness
Trees are often cut many weeks in advance and shipped around the country. Use these tests to get as fresh a tree as possible to last through the holiday season. Lightly grasp a branch with your hand and gently pull towards you, allowing the branch to slip through your fingers. You don't want to see a lot of needles falling out. Another method is to grab the tree by the trunk, lift it a couple of inches and "thunk" the trunk butt on the ground. If lots of needles drop, it's not fresh.

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