Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

February, 2006
Regional Report


The Container Expert
If you don't have a plot of land on which to grow a garden, try growing flowers and vegetables in pots. Now's a good time to start planning for planting in containers, and here's a good starter book to help you become successful in growing plants in pots, hanging baskets, window boxes, troughs, and other types of containers. The Container Expert, by Dr. D. G. Hessayon (Transworld Publishers Ltd., 1999; $11), will help guide you to the right choices and considerations in maintaining your container gardens.

Clever Gardening Technique

Water Lawns in Winter
Believe it or not, you may need to water your lawn even in winter. Winter dry spells can be as hard on plants as summer dry spells. Watering during snow-free, warm, winter dry spells won't stimulate lawn grasses to grow and green up, but it's essential to keep the crown of the grass plants, which is the plant root and shoot generator, from drying out and dying.

So drag out the hoses and water when temperatures are above freezing, especially in areas that are vulnerable to drying out. More frequent watering may be needed on southwest and south exposures and sloped areas where grass and clover mites can cause lawn damage.


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