Southwestern Deserts

May, 2014
Regional Report

Web Finds

The Last Word on Botanical Names
Its name is a tad cumbersome, but Integrated Taxonomic Information System provides the currently accepted botanical names for plants (also animals, fungi, and microbes) from North America and around the world. It covers entire taxonomic range (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species) and can be searched by scientific or common names.

Clever Gardening Technique

Pollinate Tomatoes
If tomato plants aren't setting fruit due to a lack of pollinators (or very high temperatures), gently tap the flowers in the early morning hours to help transfer the pollen.

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