Western Mountains and High Plains

April, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Purple Magnolia

National News

Spring is magnolia time in many areas of the country. These early-blooming trees are some of the first reminders of the colorful flowering trees and shrubs to come. Now there is a new,...

Versatile Garden Planter

It looks like a long, black punching bag, but the Garden Soxx is really a new way to container garden. Garden Soxx is a tubular, mesh bag that has the texture of heavy-duty socks. It lets in water...

The Ultimate Gardener

It's not often that we toot our own horn, but the new book The Ultimate Gardener (HCI Publishing, 2009), by NGA horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi, features fun, heart-warming short stories about...

Fish Emulsion as a Fertilizer and Fungicide

Although most organic gardeners have used fish emulsion as an effective fertilizer for crops, recent research suggests that it can also be used as a fungicide to fight diseases as well....

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In the Garden


Start Roses on the Right Path of Growth

Now that it's spring (even though there are still six inches of snow in my own yard) the rose bushes are among the early woody shrubs that start to swell buds and put on new growth. How well the new growth develops will depend on various factors...
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Favorite or New Plant

Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart As a memorial to my Mother, I'm planting a new old-fashioned bleeding heart ( Dicentra...

Clever Gardening Technique

Repel Sparrows and Finches If house sparrows and finches feast on the blooms of your crocus and species tulips, place...
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Regional Reminders

  • Gradually Remove Mulch
  • Finish Up Pruning
  • Plant Bare-Root Nursery Stock
  • Sow Cool-Tolerant Seeds
  • Choose Healthy Nursery Stock

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