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Mountain West Regional Reports

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    Mountain West November Garden To-Do List

    Give the lawn a final mowing. Depending upon the weather, the final lawn mowing can happen in late October up to mid-November. I tend to do this cutting a little…

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    Amazing Autumn Bloomers for the Mountain West

    As the heat of summer wanes into the cooler days and chilly nights of fall, our gardens undergo another seasonal transition. While we often focus on the golds, russets, and…

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    Growing Chilis and Hot Peppers in the Mountain West

    The Mountain West is known for hot pepper selection, with New Mexico as the home of the Hatch green chili and Colorado as the home of the Pueblo chili, so…

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    Mountain West October Garden To-Do List

    Dispose of fall leaves. While I like to keep some leaves around my perennials for extra protection in the winter, I have too many for all of them to remain…

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    A Visit to Betty Ford’s Alpine Gardens

    Recently I visited a beautiful small garden, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in nearby Vail, Colorado. An interesting feature of mountain gardens is how many things bloom at the same…

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    Mountain West September To-Do List

    Replant containers for fall. As the weather cools, you may choose to add some fall color to your containers. You can empty containers entirely and replant, or leave the foundational…

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    Cold-Hardy Cacti for the Mountain West

    For the last several years, succulents have been all the rage for both the garden and the home. And what’s not to love about succulents? They are generally water-wise, have…

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    Regional Picks: Tough Plants—Mountain West

    See regional picks for tough pretty plants, and read the article by Julie Lane Gray for even more ideas. "It’s important to define first what I mean by a “tough”…

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    Mountain West August Garden To-Do List

    It’s harvest time! In my garden, harvest season takes off in August. Beans, squash, tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are producing steadily. Stay on top of harvesting to encourage more flowering…

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    Rocky Mountain Rock Gardens, Part II: Plant Picks

    One of the many reasons I love the Mountain West is the astonishing number of perennials that thrive in our landscapes. Less humidity, warm days, and cool nights provide the…

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