Western Mountains and High Plains

August, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Safe Food Preservation

National News

Are you still putting up pickles the way your Aunt Agatha always did? Do you can your beans and tomatoes the way your mother showed you years ago? Although these passed-down recipes and techniques...

Cast Your Vote

Would you like to help pick this year's American Garden Award (AGA) winner and learn about some exciting new plants at the same time? The AGA, administered by the All-America...

Garden to Plate Safety

Handling fruits and vegetables safely doesn't just apply to preservation methods. It starts right when we harvest our fresh produce. Keeping food safe from garden to plate is especially important...

Love Em and Leave Em

It won't be too much longer before leaves begin to change color and fall in many parts of the country. Unfortunately, all that organic matter falling to earth is too often raked up and discarded,...

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In the Garden


Discover Pleasing Plant Combinations

As a garden writer I'm often asked to grow and evaluate some of the newer varieties of plants being introduced by plant breeders and growers. As many of you have already experienced and learned, climate, soil and location can have a direct bearing on...
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Favorite or New Plant

'Little Annie' Echinacea Perennials grown in containers can be tricky since they often outgrow their pot. However, the...

Clever Gardening Technique

Spot-Treat Weedy Grasses with Artist Sponge If perennial quackgrass is invading your garden, be careful when applying an herbicide grass...
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Regional Reminders

  • Mow Lawn Frequently
  • Give Trees Deep Watering
  • Watch for Tobacco Budworms on Flowers
  • Pick Summer Squash Often
  • Prune Out Dead Wood

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