Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

March, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

It's Showtime
The Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs 76th annual convention will feature, It's Showtime, their flower show including horticulture, youth and floral design entries from around the state. The show is open to the public to participate or view exhibits. It will be held at the Arizona Golf Resort, 425 South Power Road, Mesa, AZ on Friday, April 9th from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 10th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For information on submitting an entry in the show, contact Marcie Brooks, 623-322-2606.

Clever Gardening Technique

Enhance Seed Germination
If you have trouble germinating seeds in cool soil early in the season, cover the bed with clear plastic sheeting. This concentrates warmth and promotes germination. However, if temperatures heat up, your mini-greenhouse will "cook" seedlings, so monitor regularly and remove as soon as possible. Weigh down the plastic edges with bricks, rocks or soil to prevent wind from blowing it away.

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