Western Mountains and High Plains

December, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Balloon Flower Trial

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Balloon flowers ( Platycodons grandiflorus ) are beautiful summer-blooming perennials that come in a range of flower colors including, pink, white, and blue. They grow to a height of about 3 feet...

New California Lilac Has Colorful Foliage

Ceanothus is known as the California lilac. This shrub is hardy only in USDA zones 8 to 10. However, in those areas it grows 8 feet tall and wide and produces lavender-colored flowers from...

Smelly Compost Pile? Just Add Water

Composting is a great way to reduce household and yard organic waste and create a good soil amendment for your garden. While the materials in a well constructed compost pile will break down...

Illustrated Guide to Gardening Now Organic!

The Illustrated Guide to Gardening has been a gardening bible for many for years. Originally published in 1970s, this book has been the mainstay for many a gardener across the country. The All...

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In the Garden


Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

As you get ready to carefully take off the ornaments, remove the strands of lights, and put your Christmas decorations into dormancy for another year, keep in mind that your evergreen tree can literally keep on giving. With more than 33 million real...
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Nature Crafts Nature Crafts - 50 Terrific Things to Make with Nature's Materials , by Gwen Diehn & Terry...

Favorite or New Plant

Wandering Jew (Tradescantia) The wandering jew ( Tradescantia ) is one of the easiest houseplants to grow and very colorful in...
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Regional Reminders

  • Assess Storm Damage to Trees
  • Provide Food for the Birds
  • Replace Old, Tired Plants
  • Control Gnats
  • Buy New Containers

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