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Southwest Gardening 121 Ideabooks
The American Southwest is a vast area, covering all of Arizona and New Mexico as well as parts of California, Nevada, Texas and Utah. The regions of the Southwest are varied and include low deserts, high deserts and mountainous regions, covering USDA zones 5 though...
Texas Gardener's April Checklist
Is there anything you can't do in the Texas garden in April? This is a pivotal month for planting, sowing seeds, fertilizing and performing important garden maintenance chores. With so much to do, it's easy to get overwhelmed, but simply take it...
Southwest Gardener's May Checklist
Let May's warm temperatures guide your edible and flowering garden plantings, and don't forget to protect and prune your picks
Southwest Gardener's June Checklist
Protect your plants from too much sun while waiting for rain relief, and guess what? Those cacti might need a drink
Southwest Gardener's July Checklist
Southwest Gardener's August Checklist
Manage monsoon effects, remember to fertilize and don't let the heat deter you from planting for fall
By the time August arrives, it sometimes seems that summer is going to last forever. But the days are slowly getting shorter, and fall will be here soon. In the meantime, summer rains and increased humidity are reducing our hot temperatures for brief...
Southwest Gardener's September Checklist
Arid desert gardens get welcome relief this month with cooler temperatures and moisture in the air. Here's how to make sure they thrive
Summer has worn out its welcome in the American Southwest, from low desert floors to lofty foothills. But September is when cooler air begins to refresh all living things, starting at higher elevations. As the monsoon season ends, our gardens often get...
Southwest Gardener's October Checklist
Softer light and milder weather make desert gardens a real joy this month, but watch the water and don't forget to plan
Southwest Gardener's November Checklist
Comparing the American Southwest to colder, wetter areas in November is an interesting study. While much of the country is bundling up to endure months of winter, the Southwest is embracing this welcome cooling to enjoy outdoor living. No matter...
Southwest Gardener's December Checklist
Make your garden a personal winter resort with lights, well-designed containers and plantings that please the eye
The diversity within the desert Southwest region shows in December. While elevation or time of day may determine one's clothing or specific tasks, garden possibilities are great anywhere here. Desert...
Great Design Plant: Try Blue Bells for Blooms in Dry Soil
Great Design Plant: Blackfoot Daisy for Prettier Dry Ground
Don’t let its delicate looks fool you. This ground cover can survive extreme cold and heat, and with little water to boot
Great Design Plant: Lilac Vine for a Purple Profusion in Winter
Grow this pretty, hardy vine on a fence or as a ground cover for blooms throughout the colder months
Great Design Plant: Desert Marigold Cheers Up Hot, Dry Areas
Great Design Plant: Santa Rita Prickly Pear for Purple Appeal