Western Mountains and High Plains

July, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Watermelons May Have Viagra-Like Effect

National News

Watermelons are favorite summer fruits that are loaded with antioxidants. Previous research touted watermelons as being high in lycopene, an antioxidant associated with heart, prostate, and skin...

New Dwarf Alamanda

Alamanda is a rambling, fragrant tropical vine that produces 3-inch-diameter yellow blossoms all summer. Most varieties of alamanda grow to 25 feet, so they are best grown on a pergola or trellis....

Versailles Gardens Go Green

The Gardens of Versailles are some of the most quintessential formal gardens in the world. Straight lines of ancient trees, well-trimmed hedges, and manicured lawns make up the bulk of these...

New Water-Saving Sprinkler System

With summer droughts hitting many areas and the price of water rising, many homeowners are looking for ways to save water. One of the biggest summer users of water is the automated lawn sprinkler...

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In the Garden


Summer Tomato Woes

Nature has a way of controlling how plants respond and we must be patient and ride the storm and not overreact. If you grow tomatoes, be aware that summer's heat can put a damper on production. It's a time when problems can crop up, slow down growth,...
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Common Weeds of the United States Common Weeds of the United States , by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Dover Publications,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Homemade Plant Shield for Weed Control Use a plant shield to protect plants from drift when you spot-spray weeds. Cut the bottom off an...
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Regional Reminders

  • Don't Prune Spruce Tops
  • Check Elderberry Foliage
  • Welcome Tiny Brown Bats
  • Clean Up Weeds
  • Deadhead Coreopsis

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