Western Mountains and High Plains

December, 2012
Regional Report


New Rocky Mountain Gardener's Resource
Whether for a seasoned gardener or beginner, my new book, Rocky Mountain Gardener's Resource by John Cretti and Mary Ann Newcomer (Cool Springs Press, 2012, $24.99), will make a perfect gift. My co-author and I have combined our collective wisdom in one complete guide filled with need-to-know information for anyone gardening in the Mountain West. It addresses the unique growing conditions and gardening challenges of the five states in the Rocky Mountain region: Colorado, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Northern Nevada, and Wyoming. In addition to information on hundreds of proven plants, this resource has monthly to-do calendars to assist gardeners with the proper care and timing for everything from planting to watering.

Clever Gardening Technique

Water in Late Fall and Winter
Trees, shrubs, vines, roses, and many perennials -- especially those that are newly planted -- are better able to survive the cold when watered periodically throughout a dry fall and winter. This applies to container gardens, too. Keep a watch on the weather forecast and water in winter as long as the ground remains unfrozen and temperatures are above 50 degrees. Water monthly or as needed. Don't forget to disconnect and return the hose to storage after watering.

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