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Southern Plains Regional Reports

  • Southern Plains Regional Reports

    Gorgeous Vines for Shade and Privacy

    Gardeners are often looking to create areas of shade and privacy in their gardens. Flowering vines are a beautiful way to do both. Arbors, fences, and trellises can be made…

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    How to Support the Monarch Migration

    While monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) can be found in most of the United States at some point in their migration, those of us living in the Southern Plains states are…

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    Southern Plains: October Garden To-Do List

    October is a great time to plant ornamental grasses, which are lovely and in bloom this month. This is also the best time of year to sow seed for next…

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    Discovering Fun and Unusual Houseplants

    A lifelong love of gardening often springs from early experiences with houseplants or a vegetable garden. As a young adult living in apartments and rented spaces, I accumulated a large…

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    Southern Plains: September Garden To-Do List

    The heat will break this month, and so begins our second growing season of the year! Plant spring-blooming perennials and container-grown shrubs and trees after temperatures begin to fall. Plant…

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    Magnificent Muhly Grasses

    The muhly grass genus, Muhlenbergia, contains over 150 species of grasses and was named after the self-taught German American botanist Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg (1753–1815). Several grasses in this genus…

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    Garden Maintenance for the Heat of Late Summer

    Summers in the Southern Plains can be real scorchers. While gardeners in more northern climates are forced to rest their gardens completely for a long winter spell, those of us…

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    The Advantages of Pecan Shell Mulch

    Most gardeners are familiar with the major benefits of mulch: conservation of water, cooler soil temperatures, and a reduction in weeds. The first two benefits are especially important in areas…

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    Southern Plains: August Garden To-Do List

    Dream of cooler days. August is the month when many gardeners in our region dream of moving to cooler climes. Northern gardeners lament the month of January, but we suffer…

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    Late Summer Color for Beastly Heat

    I have a special love in my heart for those plants that flower in the beastly heat of late summer in the Southern Plains. When you and your garden are…