Western Mountains and High Plains

February, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Spooky New Peppers

National News

Halloween can come early to your garden this year. The Agricultural Research Service of the USDA has developed two new hot pepper cultivars that will add an eerie note to your vegetable or...

More Garden Darkness

Black leaves aren’t the only means of bringing a dusky note into your garden. Some plants have flowers of such a deep color as to appear almost black. One such beauty is the Black Lenten Rose (...

Helping Our Native Pollinators

By now, most of us have heard of the threat to honeybees from colony collapse disorder, a mysterious ailment that can decimate entire hives, and the concern over the impact of this decline on our...

Ocean, Lake and River Friendly Gardening

Ever stop to wonder where all the excess fertilizers and pesticides used on lawns and gardens end up? A lot of it makes its way to nearby waterways, causing pollution and algal blooms that deplete...

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In the Garden

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Gearing Up For Spring

If your desire is to have a landscape with year round interest, now is a great time to plan ahead. Spring doesn't officially start for several weeks and though the urge to garden can hit during weak moments while visiting a home and garden show, it's...
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Resources

Books

Roses for Tough Climates Roses are a favorite landscape plant for many, but they can be temperamental in our severe...

Favorite or New Plant

Harrison's Yellow Rose If you've always thought you couldn't grow roses during a time of drought, think again. One of my...
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Regional Reminders

  • Early-Sprouting Bulbs
  • Force Flowering Branches
  • Start Broccoli in Cold Frame
  • Plant Self-Pollinating Sweet Cherries
  • Continue to Feed Wild Birds

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