Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

October, 2009
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Fall Anemones
It's easy to overlook the little mounds of green foliage of anemones in the spring, but you will be rewarded in late summer through fall when they burst into spring-like blooms of pink and white. Their tall, erect stems add height and interest to the garden that is otherwise waning in color. Plant in full to part shade and in well-drained soil. Most anemones fall into one of two categories: Japanese and hybrid. The hybrid anemones generally have bigger flowers, and most are cold hardy to zone 4.

Clever Gardening Technique

Compost Bin of Made of Straw
If you're really serious about making more compost out of garden refuse, it's relatively easy to make a bigger compost bin with straw bales. Stack 10 straw bales on top of each other to form a U-shaped bin. You can add grass clippings, shredded leaves, and other plant debris in the open end. Mix materials in layers and keep slightly moist. If you like you can cover the top with a sheet of clear plastic to keep moisture and heat in during the winter.


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