Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

July, 2010
Regional Report

Books

Dog-Friendly Gardens
If you have pets in your life, especially dogs, Dog Friendly Gardens, Garden Friendly Dogs , by Cheryl S. Smith (Dogwise Publishing, 2003, $19.95) is worthwhile read. Smith covers everything from teaching your dog companion to dig in appropriate digging areas to planting with man's best friend in mind. Find out what plants will work as ground covers, get suggestions for dog-crash-proof shrubs, as well as information on plants to avoid that can be potentially toxic to your pet.

Clever Gardening Technique

A dose of Epsom salts for roses
Do your roses have tired roots? Are your plants lacking in vigor and blooms? In the spring, sprinkle a couple tablespoons of Epsom salts around the base of each rose bush. Lightly cultivate into the soil and water in. Magnesium sulfate helps buffer accumulated salts that lock up nutrients, plus it induces basal shoots to grow from the bud union.

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