Western Mountains and High Plains

September, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Song Bird Kale

National News

Ornamental kale is one of the best plants for adding long-lasting and easy-care color to the fall garden. These sturdy plants keep their good looks long after frost has finished off many autumn...

Downy Mildew of Impatiens

One of the standbys of the shade garden, impatiens has in the past been a pretty trouble-free plant in most situations. Unfortunately, a new disease has arrived on the scene that threatens...

Hardy Geraniums for Fall Color

When it comes to fall foliage colors, we usually think first of trees and shrubs. From the flaming reds, yellows, and oranges of maples to the rich red of chokeberry and the bright yellow of the...

Safe Tomato Canning

As summer winds down, many gardeners are saving the bounty of their vegetable gardens by canning tomatoes. And many of them are using the water bath canning method to process their jars. Water...

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In the Garden


A Touch of the Tropics in the Summer Garden

As the summer winds down so does the flowering season. But there's one star in my garden that continues to add a touch of the tropics -- hardy hibiscus, Hibiscus moscheutos. Hardy hibiscus are dependable and do well in average garden soil. They...
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Web Finds

Natural Resources Conservation Service If you're concerned about native habitats and how to maintain and/or restore them, Natural...

Clever Gardening Technique

Homemade Watering Tube For an easy way to make sure containers and pots are watered uniformly throughout the summer and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prevent Mosquito Problems
  • Keep Dahlias Watered in Heat
  • Check Vegetables Daily
  • Mark Perennial Plants
  • Plan for Spring Flowers

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