Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

July, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Maximize Your Irrigation System
As much of the Southwest struggles in the grip of drought conditions, gardeners are ever more aware of the importance of using water as wisely and sparingly as possible. Part of wise water use is having a well-designed and well-maintained irrigation system. A properly designed and installed irrigation system is essential to maximize efficiency and use the least amount of water possible to keep plants healthy. Many folks use whatever the builder or previous owner installed, and often that means a system that performs poorly and uses too much water. The good news is that ripping out the old system and starting over is rarely needed. On Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, learn how to identify and correct the performance-robbing problems in your irrigation system. The cost for the workshop is $35 for members; $44 for non-members. Class size is limited to 20, so be sure to sign up early. The Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ. For more information or to register, go to

Clever Gardening Technique

Picking a Ripe Cantaloupe
When cantaloupe are ripe, they will easily detach or "slip" from the stem with a gentle push or pull from the gardener. If you have to apply strength or cut it, the fruit won't be as sweet. Have patience!


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