Western Mountains and High Plains

April, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

The New Sunset Western Garden Book

National News

Western gardeners know this book as their gardening bible. Since the 1930's, growers of all kinds of plants in the many diverse climate regions of the western U.S. have referred to this book for...

Sprinkle Faerie Dust in the Melon Patch

Summer just wouldn't be summer without enjoying the crisp, sweet taste of watermelon. But if the thought of this delectable treat conjures up the image of a large, oblong fruit with a green rind,...

Missing Monarchs

Monarch butterflies are beautiful visitors to our gardens, but over the last fifteen years there have been fewer and fewer making an appearance. During the winter of 2009-2010, the number of...

Make Your Own Wooden Bee Nest

Putting up bird houses so our feathered friends can find a place to raise their young is something lots of gardeners regularly do. But how about providing the same amenities to our native bees?...

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In the Garden

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Joys of Rocky Mountain Gardening

This has been an erratic spring causing confusion for plants and gardeners alike. The old apricot trees growing in a droughty natural setting are blooming profusely on southern slopes. These 60-year-old apricot trees are testimonials to their tenacity...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Desert Four O' Clock The desert four o' clock, Mirabilis multiflora , is a native herbaceous perennial with multiple...

Clever Gardening Technique

Recycle Used Plastic Containers Reuse empty household containers as seedling pots. Yogurt cups, margarine tubs, cottage cheese...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Lawns Carefully
  • Start Tomatoes Indoors
  • Check Perennials as Growth Resumes
  • Briskly Rake the Lawn
  • Divide Old Perennials

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