Garlic is perfect for small-space gardeners with sunny balconies and porches. Begin planting now and look forward to fresh, homegrown garlic in the months ahead.
Don't let an unappealing area or unsightly fixture like a septic tank cover ruin your view of your well-manicured landscape, cover it up! Follow this DIY and build a raised planter customized to conceal a vent pipe, water meter, septic cover and more.
Build shadow boxes for an ever-changing display of flowers and foliage. Use your fence or an exterior wall to create this vertical garden.
See more Simple Tips for your region here. You'll find great gardening advice on caring for your lawn, flowers and edibles, designed to address your specific climate and growing conditions.
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About the Southwestern Deserts Region
The Southwest includes Arizona, parts of California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. Ranging from arid to semi-arid, it includes some of the hottest to some of the coldest areas in the United States, and receives more sunlight than the rest of the country. The term ‘High Desert’ is synonymous with this region with elevations from 5,000-8,000’ and temperatures ranging from -0°F in winter to high 90s°F in summer. The region is separated by deep canyons and lower deserts, which see low 40s°F in winter and well over 100°F in summer. The soil can be sandy, gravelly, clay rich, layered with calcium or lime rich. Rainfall is precious and concentrated, with 10-20 inches falling June through late September in the ‘monsoon’ season.
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