Western Mountains and High Plains

November, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Hawaiian Taro Plants

National News

The hot summer weather may be long gone, but fall is a good time of year to reflect on what grew well and plan for next spring. Colocassia, or taro, is a tropical plant that has huge leaves and...

Deep Composting

Composting is a great fall activity. Instead of shipping your leaves, grass clippings, and old annual plants to the landfill, they can be used to make a rich soil amendment for your garden. Most...

Creating a Nation of Farmers

It is well-known that there are serious problems with our food system. It’s heavily dependent on fossil fuels, making it vulnerable to rising gas and oil prices. It contributes to pollution and...

Stop Cats from Catching Birds

Cats are cute and cuddly, but they still are felines. Their instincts are to hunt. Many cat owners are horrified to find their cat stalking and killing birds, especially those at the bird feeder....

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In the Garden


Holiday Cacti are Easy to Grow

I'm not much of a houseplant person, but I do like to grow a few in my home. A busy schedule keeps me from fussing about special care and temperature regimes, so I choose houseplants that can survive on neglect. Recently, I was especially pleased when...
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Desert Landscaping: Plants in a Water-Scarce Environment Desert Landscaping: Plants in a Water-Scarce Environment , by the Arizona Water Resources...

Clever Gardening Technique

Shop the Thrift Stores With the current status of the economy, shopping the thrift stores can be practical for the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Be Careful Removing Snow on Evergreens
  • Wash Away Wandering Tourist Bugs
  • Drown Fungus Gnats
  • Check Deciduous Shrubs for Scale
  • Plant Long-Lived Tulips

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