Western Mountains and High Plains

May, 2007
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Nasturtium
The nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is one of my favorite annuals that thrives on neglect. It grows in infertile, dry clay soil, blooming profusely in part shade or morning sun. 'Alaska', with its round, variegated, green and white leaves, is a particularly dependable variety. Yellow, orange, red, and mahogany flowers rise above clumps of trailing leaves. The flowers and leaves are edible. The 6- to 12-inch-high plants are showy in masses or tucked around perennials, grasses, and shrubs. Plant seeds in early to mid-May.

Clever Gardening Technique

Homemade Rabbit Repellent
Rabbits love to nibble on tender tulip leaves. You can fend them off by mixing up a spicy dressing that they will avoid. Use 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon lemon-scented dishwashing detergent in 1 quart of warm water. Spray this homemade repellent on the foliage and it will keep the furry rabbits at bay. Reapply after every rain.

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