Western Mountains and High Plains

June, 2005
Regional Report

Web Finds

American Rose Society
If you grow roses, visit the American Rose Society Web site to keep up to date on the newest varieties, learn secrets to rose gardening from experts throughout the country, and find a local society in your area.

Clever Gardening Technique

Powdery Mildew Control
Here's a homemade remedy to reduce the spread of powdery mildew on roses and lilacs. You most likely have all the ingredients in your kitchen. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon Murphy's oil soap or lemon-scented dishwashing soap to 1 gallon of water. Thoroughly mix, and add the solution to a tank sprayer or spray bottle. Start spraying plants at the first signs of the disease. Spray on flower buds and both sides of the leaves. Reapply after a heavy rain.

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