Western Mountains and High Plains

March, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Late Blight Tolerant Cherry Tomato

National News

Late blight has been a scourge for many tomato growers in eastern parts of the country in the last couple of years. This disease, caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytopthora infestans can...

Potting Soil Safety

Most of the bacteria you might encounter in potting soil and compost is of the beneficial variety, part of a community of microorganisms that helps to make nutrients available to plants and...

The Year of the Zinnia

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2011 to be the Year of the Zinnia. These easy to grow annuals not only provide season-long color, but are available in such a wide range of colors, heights...

Grafting Tomatoes

We've all probably heard of grafting fruit trees and roses, but tomatoes? Grafted tomatoes are becoming popular because they allow fruiting varieties that may not exhibit good disease resistance...

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In the Garden

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Jump-Start on Spring

Spring is often slow to arrive in the Rockies. If it isn't raining in March, then it's likely that it's snowing. March can be one of the snowiest months and and all that white stuff can disrupt gardening activities. Despite the short growing season...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Purple Heart Tradescantia pallida is one of my most used container plants, both for color and ruggedness....

Clever Gardening Technique

Natural Look for Evergreens When pruning conifers and evergreens with an informal shape, step back from the plant and look at...
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Regional Reminders

  • Reset Lily Bulbs
  • Hose Off Garden Furniture
  • Complete Fruit Tree Pruning
  • Clean up Perennial Beds
  • Renovate Muddy Pathways

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