Western Mountains and High Plains

February, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Purple Ornamental Pepper

National News

Ornamental/edible hot peppers have become all the rage in the gardening world in recent years. There are numerous varieties available that combine the heat and spice of hot peppers with attractive...

Which Fruits Have the Most Antioxidants?

Every few months it seems there's another news story touting a specific fruit as having high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that have been associated with the prevention of...

Best Bellflowers

Bellflowers (Campanula) are widely adapted, hardy flowers that include more than 300 different annual, biennial, and perennial species. The Chicago Botanic Garden evaluated 89 different perennial...

Compostable Kitchen Bags

Composting is a great way to produce healthy organic matter for the garden and reduce the amount of food scraps and yard waste going to landfills. Many gardeners accumulate kitchen scraps to throw...

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In the Garden


Are Aspen Trees in Your Future?

Aspen trees are a favorite with their smooth white bark, leaves that quake in the wind, and relatively fast growth rate. But wait: There are some limitations for their use in landscapes at lower elevations with drier conditions;heavy, clay soils; and...
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Favorite or New Plant

Toad Lilies Just when the garden starts to wane in late summer, and before the hard freezes are upon us, toad...

Clever Gardening Technique

Prevent Forked Roots This year try growing horseradish without bunches of crooked and forked roots. Plant new...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plan the Vegetable Grden Now
  • Check for Critter Damage
  • Take Houseplant Cuttings
  • Seek and Destroy Weed Seedlings
  • Check Shrubs and Trees for Pests

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