Western Mountains and High Plains

July, 2011
Regional Report

Web Finds

Recognizing Tomato Problems
Growing tomatoes can be fun and rewarding, but problems can suddenly appear. Knowing the symptoms will help you choose the appropriate treatment to thwart insects and diseases. This link is very helpful: Recognizing Tomato Problems.

Favorite or New Plant

Black Beauty Elderberry
Add some interest to the landscape by planting 'Black Beauty' elderberry (Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty'). This shrub has glossy dark purple foliage and eye-catching pink blossoms. It maintains is coloration all summer. The fall fruit provides food for birds, is deer-resistant, and the berries can be used for jams and jellies. It does well in our region and should be pinched to encourage a bushy, more upright growth. It makes an excellent replacement for the challenging Japanese maples that have a harder time adapting to our arid climate.

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