Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

April, 2008
Regional Report

Adjust Irrigation Controllers

As temperatures warm, increase the irrigation frequency. Timers should be adjusted at least four times per year.

Train Vines

As vines start their growth spurt, train or tie them along trellises and supports as needed. Velcro ties are easy to use and don't hurt plant tissue.

Protect New Transplants

Encircle plants with chicken wire to keep rabbits at bay. Javelina often knock over chicken wire. Hardware cloth is sturdier but more expensive and harder to work with.

Sow Veggies

Sow seeds for warm-season veggies such as beans, black-eyed peas, cucumbers, jicama, melons, okra, and squash. There's also time for a last crop of fast-maturing, cool-season carrots, radishes, and green onions.

Transplant Basil

This warm-season herb grows best in morning sun with protection from hot afternoon sun. For visual interest and unusual flavors, intermix several varieties in addition to the regular Italian basil, such as lemon, cinnamon, purple leaf, Thai, and the oversized lettuce leaf basil.

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