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Yuma Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden

The Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden is a partnership between the University of Arizona and the Moody Garden Makers Garden Society. The purpose of the garden is to educate Yuma residents on gardening in the Southwest. This is accomplished though demonstrations and outreach. All plants are professionally labeled with common and scientific names. This helps residents to know what grows well here and how plants will look once established.

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Got cauliflower? Here's a recipe you can try this weekend:

Blue Cheese Potato Salad

4 slices bacon
1 lb. red potatoes
1 lb. cauliflower
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

Cooking instructions:
1. Place bacon in large skillet. Cook until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Add the cauliflower to the potatoes after the potatoes get a little soft. Don't overcook or the cauliflower will turn mushy. Drain, cool and chop, leaving the potato skins on.

3. In a large bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, green onions, salt and pepper. Add the potatoes, cauliflower, bacon and cheese and toss to coat.

Tip: If making well in advance of a meal, wait until ready to serve before adding bacon as it will get soggy.

Yuma County Urban Horticulture | A new photo has been shared | 1 week 2 hours ago

As you drive around Yuma, you may have noticed trees that have been topped. This means that the majority of branches and leaves have been cut off the tree. This is an unsustainable way to prune trees and can ultimately lead to tree death.

Injuries from this type of pruning expose trees to rot and attacks from pest insects and diseases. It also encourages loosely attached branches that break easier in high winds.

Instead of topping, tree height can be reduces with alternate methods that will assure sustainable growth while keeping the tree safe and healthy.

Read more here:

Yuma County Urban Horticulture | A new link has been shared | 1 week 2 days ago

Irrigation fundraising update from the MGM Garden Society:

We have raised just over $3000.00, just a mere $12,000.00 to go! If you can help, please donate at the MGM Garden Society webpage.

Yuma County Urban Horticulture | A new link has been shared | 1 week 2 days ago