Western Mountains and High Plains
Natural Insect and Disease Controls
The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect & Disease Control, by Barbara W. Ellis and Fern Marshall Bradley (Rodale Press, 1996; $17.95), is a good resource for safe, effective solutions to garden problems. The handbook covers over 200 vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, shrubs, and trees. If you like to use homemade remedies, you will find some great ideas, botanical controls, and biocontrols. Insect traps and barriers are included, as well as preventative measures to reduce pest problems in your garden.
Favorite or New Plant
A prized late-summer and early fall-blooming perennial, Japanese anemone spends most of the growing season as an attractive clump of foliage. The name comes from the Greek word for "wind" and some species are called wind flowers. As the garden season is slowing down, my anemones burst onto the scene in shades of pink, rose, and white. The strong-stemmed, showy poppy-like flowers can reach a height of 3 to 4 feet. Grow in compost-enriched, moist soils. They will grow in full sun but seem to do best in areas protected from direct afternoon sun.