Western Mountains and High Plains

October, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Pick a Perfect Pumpkin

National News

Whether for fall decorating, delicious pies, or Halloween Jack-'o-lanterns, October is pumpkin time. If you're growing your own, how do you know when your pumpkin is ready to pick? And if you're...

2013 American Garden Award

All-America Selections has announced the winners of this year's American Garden Award, now in its fifth year. The 2013 American Garden Award featured four new flower varieties chosen by their...

Coping with the Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a small insect that is causing some big problems. Accidentally introduced into the U.S., this Asian native is thought to have arrived in wooden packing materials...

The Impact of Climate Change on Colorful Fall Foliage

New England hillsides are beginning to blaze up in their much-anticipated seasonal display of reds, oranges, yellows. Unfortunately in the Northeast and other parts of the country, this autumnal...

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In the Garden

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Get Your Landscape Ready for Old Man Winter

Winter can wreak havoc in our yards and gardens, unbeknownst to us as we stay cozy indoors. Extreme cold temperatures, drying winds, heavy snowstorms, fluctuations in temperatures, wildlife gnawing on plants, freezing and thawing that heaves perennials...
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Resources

Books

A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web Teeming with Microbes; A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web: Revised Edition , by Jeff...

Favorite or New Plant

Redleaf Rose The beauty of redleaf rose (Rosa glauca) is its foliage -- blue-gray leaves on reddish stems --...
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Regional Reminders

  • Remove Dead Annuals
  • Finish Dividing Iris Clumps
  • Mow the Leaves
  • Add Organic Matter to the Vegetable Garden
  • Recycle Coffee Grounds

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