Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

August, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Orchid Festival
The Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary Club hosts the 11th Annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival to be held at Gubler Orchids in Landers, CA (Palm Springs area), on October 7th and 8th. Enjoy a guided tour of their growing facility, take an orchid class, or bring your own orchid to be transplanted. Entertainment and refreshments will be available. Proceeds benefit local charities. For more details, go to:

Clever Gardening Technique

Use a Soil Probe
Watering deeply through any plant's root zone is the best thing you can do to grow a healthy plant. But how deep is deep? Follow the 1-2-3 rule and use a soil probe. Water should soak 1 foot deep for shallow-rooted plants, such as annuals, perennials, cacti, and succulents; 2 feet deep for shrubs; and 3 feet deep for trees. After watering, push a soil probe (any long, narrow, preferably pointed piece of metal) into the soil. It will move relatively smoothly through moist soil but stop at dry, hard soil. Sometimes you can find soil probes for sale, or you can fashion one by sharpening a piece of rebar, for example.


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