Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

May, 2004
Regional Report

In the Garden



Catherine de Medici, it is said, saw globe artichokes growing in Florentine gardens and introduced them to French cuisine. Native to Mediterranean areas, these delicacies that we slurp with butter are actually immature flower buds. The center of the...
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Artichokes Fresh from the Garden Harvest buds before they start to open. They become tough and fibrous as they age. Steam or boil...

Favorite or New Plant

Mexican Hat Mexican hat ( Ratibida columnifera ) is a wildflower that's a summer workhorse, blooming...
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Regional Reminders

  • Treat Pearl Scale
  • Maintain Tomatoes
  • Watch for Butterflies and Caterpillars
  • Protect Deciduous Fruit
  • Reprogram Automatic Timers

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