Western Mountains and High Plains

October, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Tri-Colored Japanese Maple

National News

Fall is for tree planting. The warm soils and cool, rainy days create perfect conditions for tree roots to grow before the cold days of winter. Japanese maple is a favorite specimen tree of many...

Instant Compost Tea

Gardeners know the benefits compost tea can have on their gardens. Not only is it a quick and efficient way to deliver nutrients to plants, compost tea also feeds the microbial life in the soil....

Trials of the Best Organic Weed Killers

Organic gardeners often struggle to control annual weeds in their gardens. While there are many organic products on the market touted as helpful in controlling weeds, there has been little...

Blue Flag Iris Filters Pesticides

Our native blue flag iris ( Iris versicolor ) is a beautiful perennial that grows well on lakeshores, swamps, wet meadows and along stream beds. Now it appears this iris can be effective in...

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In the Garden

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Dealing with Shade Beneath Trees

Trees in our home landscape are a source of beauty, help to buffer the winds, provide shade, and add structural balance to an otherwise stark setting. As they grow larger in height and spread, however, the lawn growing beneath them often thins out or...
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Resources

Books

Organic Flower Gardening From asters to zinnias, The Complete Flower Gardener by Karan Davis Cutler and Barbara W. Ellis...

Clever Gardening Technique

Harvesting Flower Seeds To easily harvest seeds of annual and perennial flowers such as marigolds and penstemons, place...
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Regional Reminders

  • Avoid the Urge to Prune Trees
  • Lift Summer-Flowering Bulbs
  • Plant Bulbs in Groups
  • Clean Up Flower Beds
  • Add Organic Matter to Soil

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