Western Mountains and High Plains

November, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Toast to Your Health With a Glass of Pomegranate Juice

National News

This tropical fruit, which offers up brilliant red edible seeds, is showing up in finer restaurants as a special blend in cocktails. But pomegranates ( Punica granatum ) are not just trendy,...

Butterfly Bushes For Small Gardens

Butterfly bushes are well-known late summer- and fall-blooming perennials. There are a number of selections of these butterfly-attracting shrubs with different-colored flowers. However, the plants...

Organic Mulch Boosts Tomato Production

Heirloom tomato varieties continue to be popular among home gardeners. To get the highest production from tomatoes, some growers have been advocating the use of plastic mulch. New research in Ohio...

Add Beneficial Fungi When Planting

Many gardeners, especially those in warm areas, are still planting bulbs, trees, and shrubs, and adding soil amendments such as compost and fertilizer when planting. But the most critical additive...

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In the Garden


Crafting and Decorating with Natural Materials from the Garden

Take a walk through the woods or your own backyard and you'll find lots of interesting materials to craft holiday decorations for your home. One of my favorite projects is to make wreaths from the prunings of grapevines. If you don't have grapevines,...
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Favorite or New Plant

American Bittersweet The American bittersweet ( Celastrus scandens ) is a remarkable vine that's prized for its...

Clever Gardening Technique

Straighten Bent Spading Fork Tines It's not unusual to bend the tines on your spading fork when digging in the garden to work the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Protecting Tender Shrubs
  • Vacuum Away Pests
  • Leave Carrots in the Ground
  • Cut Back on Watering
  • Clean Eaves, Gutters, and Downspouts

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