Western Mountains and High Plains

June, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

The Best Salvias For Hot Summers

National News

Salvias are one of the most commonly grown bedding plants across the country. They grow and flower quickly, producing spikes of red, white, pink, blue, and purple flowers all summer long. However,...

Plastic Mulch Repels Pests

Tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, and cucumbers are popular summer garden vegetables. However, they also are subject to many insects and diseases. Gardeners have used colored plastic mulch to...

Organic Fire Ant Control

Fire ants are a major pest in lawns and gardens across much of the country. Now there is an effective organic control that will help eliminate these harmful pests that's safer for the environment...

Kudzu Reduces Alcohol Consumption

The "vine that ate the South" may have a positive side after all. Researchers at the McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, investigated kudzu as a treatment to curb excessive drinking....

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In the Garden


Recycle Garden Waste into Rich Humus

Composting is a process that can spin "black gold" from recyclable waste materials. Compost is not a fertilizer, although it is true that when organic materials decompose into a finished product, the compost does contain slow-release nutrients in...
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Favorite or New Plant

Climbing Honeysuckle The sweet fragrance of honeysuckle ( Lonicera spp.) evokes memories of Grandma's garden and the...

Clever Gardening Technique

Coping with "June Drop" If you don't like the tiny fruit that naturally drops off the branches of ornamental apples and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Tomatoes and Peppers
  • Beware the White Butterfly
  • Fertilize Container Gardens
  • Move Houseplants Outdoors
  • Start Deadheading Perennials

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