Western Mountains and High Plains

July, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Outstanding Shrub for Late-Summer Color

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Most flowering shrubs bloom from early spring to summer, and by the time July rolls around there aren’t many colorful shrubs other than crape myrtles and hydrangeas. But a relatively uncommon...

Compost Reduces Potato Diseases

Soilborne diseases, such as common scab and stem canker, can be a problem when growing potatoes, often ruining a potato patch. Recent research has focused on using beneficial microbes and compost...

Keep Cool in the Garden

It’s hot outside, and in many parts of the country, plants as well as gardeners are wilting under the heat. Gardening in the hot sun at high temperatures can lead to sunburn, dehydration, and heat...

Favorite Perennial Book Just Got Better

Gardeners love a good reference book, and a favorite among perennial gardeners has been Allan Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennial Plants . Now a new edition has been released that promises to be even...

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In the Garden


Coping with Rose Pests in Summer

The extreme high temperatures can be relentless in the garden and make it a bigger challenge to grow roses with bountiful blossoms. Heat makes the blooms fade faster, and pests can become more prevalent with low humidity. Spider Mites I'm...
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Favorite or New Plant

Trumpet Vine Create a cooling effect on a south-facing trellis with the hummingbird or trumpet vine. This...

Clever Gardening Technique

Epsom Salts for Roses Give your rose bushes a little boost with a few tablespoons of Epsom salts. The magnesium sulfate...
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Regional Reminders

  • Mulch Away
  • Fertilize Vegetables
  • Clean Up Raspberry Patch
  • Deadhead Hanging Baskets
  • Adjust Sprinkler Systems

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