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    Love Salad? Grow Lettuce in a Pot!

    Nothing from the grocery store can compare with the fresh taste of leafy greens grown in your own garden. One of the easiest vegetables to grow is lettuce. If you grow vegetables in your backyard, you know the joy and reward of harvesting your own produce and lettuce probably plays a big part in what you plant each year. But,…

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    Pruning Roses for Fall Blooms in the Desert Garden

    People often react with surprise to find that roses can grow in the desert Southwest. Horticulturist Noelle Johnson loves roses and has been growing them for more than 25 years in her Phoenix-area garden. Over the years, she’s learned how best to care for roses and how to maximize their blooms. In the low to intermediate desert garden, roses flower…

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    Preparing Your Landscape for Summer Monsoons

    The summer monsoon is a dramatic event that occurs throughout the Southwest, bringing rain and brief periods of cooler temperatures. But with the welcome rainfall and brief respite from the heat comes the potential for damaging wind and flooding. Although much of the Southwest is dry and arid, summer rain comes down in torrents accompanied by high winds. Not surprisingly,…

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    5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Prune Your Flowering Shrubs Into ‘Balls’

    Drive down any street in the Southwest, and you are likely to see landscapes filled with green balls, squares, and even cupcakes. So what are these green blobs? Believe it or not, they are the result of improper pruning of flowering shrubs. Here is a fairly typical example. There are six different types of flowering shrubs in this front yard…

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    5 Ways to Help Your Garden Weather a Southwest Summer

    Summer is here despite what the calendar says. Residents of the Southwest are no strangers to the heat, which not only affects our comfort but can be difficult for the plants in your garden. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to help your garden weather the heat of a Southwest summer. SWG’s Noelle Johnson lives in the Phoenix…