Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

January, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Running of the Gourds Gourd Festival
If you're interested in growing gourds, using them for crafts or art projects, or just want a family outing, check out Wuertz Farm's 11th annual Gourd Festival. There will be over gourd artists and vendors, a judged gourd show, classes, gourds for sale, food and entertainment. Admission is $8. Held rain or shine at the Pinal Fairgrounds in Casa Grande, AZ on February 7-8-9. For more information, go to

Clever Gardening Technique

Create Your Own Seed Exchange
With so many intriguing heirloom and hybrid seed varieties available, it can be a challenge to choose among them. Most seed packets have 100 seeds, or many more, depending on the supplier. You can always save them to sow again another day, but by next season, you'll likely want to try some other options! Get together with gardening friends, decide who will buy what, and then share the contents of the seed packets. You'll be able to try more options without emptying your wallet.


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