Western Mountains and High Plains
You may have heard or read about companion planting and had your doubts. Here's a book that will get you thinking more about planning your garden with pest-resistant companion planting techniques and eliminating chemicals. Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening, by Louise Riotte (Storey Publishing, 1998; $14.95) contains many ideas for herbal sprays for pest control, tips on starting a garden, tips on growing fruits and much more. It's one of my favorite fun books for gleaning ideas.
Favorite or New Plant
American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) shines at this time of year, with its colorful fruits that cling to the stems, lasting throughout the fall and into winter. Take cuttings of the decorative yellow-orange capsules to use in dried flower arrangements and wreaths. Bittersweet is a very hardy vine, not bothered by insects or diseases. It can be very aggressive in some areas, so check before you plant.