Western Mountains and High Plains

February, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Chives
Without fail, every year chives (Allium schoenoprasum) return in abundance to the herb garden. Though often thought to be invasive, they are dependable. Providing fresh leaves with a distinct onion flavor, chives survive most every extreme weather condition. Chives will divide easily to thin out or share with friends. Little globes of lavender flowers attract the honeybees for pollination.

Clever Gardening Technique

Make Seed-Starting Lights More Reflective
To make fluorescent lighting fixtures more efficient when placed over seedlings, make aluminum reflectors. Cut four to six inch strips of heavy-duty aluminum foil the same length of the light fixture. Attach to the edges of the fixtures with binder clips. Seedlings along the edges of the trays will grow more vigorously.

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