Western Mountains and High Plains

May, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Sweet Roses Make For Sweet Dreams

National News

Beautiful, fragrant roses make most people happy, and now research is suggesting that fragrant roses may also make our sleep happier by stimulating happy dreams. Researchers in Germany analyzed...

Grow Figs in a Pot

Fresh figs are a treat, especially if you eat them right off the tree. However, most varieties are only hardy to USDA zone 8 (although the roots of some varieties are hardy to USDA zone 6). In...

Birds Eat More Weed Seed in Organic Fields

It's thought that organic farms have lots of bird and wildlife activity because of the lack of harmful chemicals that are sprayed on the fields. Birds, in particular, are welcome because they are...

Vacation Plant Treatment to Resist Drought

Summer vacations are often a tough time on plants, and can be challenging for the gardener, too. You have to get a neighbor, friend, or relative to come in and water the plants or take a chance it...

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In the Garden

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Welcome Those Friendly Critters to Your Garden

Not everything that creeps, crawls, and flutters into your yard and garden is an unwelcome pest or enemy. There is a lot of life in the garden and many creatures that come to visit help to keep pest populations in check. As temperatures begin to rise...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Yarrow Yarrows are rugged flowering perennials that do best in average soils, be it sand or clay. If...

Clever Gardening Technique

Avoid the Pruning Paints and Sealants As we tidy up the garden and prune trees and shrubs, don't be tempted to apply pruning paints and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Spring-Flowering Bulbs
  • Clean Away Nuisance Pests
  • Trapping the Bad Guys
  • Winter Kill on the Rise
  • Exclude Tiny Vegetable Pests

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