Magazine article Sunset

Mountain Garden Notebook

Magazine article Sunset

Mountain Garden Notebook

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Now, as summer irrigation begins in earnest, is when I judge how successful I've been at grouping plants according to water use. When I see one wilted-looking plant surrounded by robust, turgid neighbors, I know the wilted one is in the wrong place. It will do better in a community of plants that need more frequent irrigation. In nature, plants live with neighbors having similar needs, so it's no surprise that they want the same thing in the garden. Identify problem plants now, and move them in fall.

A FERTILE WEB SITE IN COLORADO

It's 9 on Saturday morning and you've decided to start your first compost pile. But how? If you've got an Internet connection, the Colorado State University Cooperative, Extension site on the World Wide Web can give you instant help with that and innumerable other gardening problems. Just visit http://www. colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/. From there you can download extension publications or transfer to a related site with more localized information. A great example is CSU's Tri River Area Gardening & Horticulture site, which lists workshops you can attend and offers local pointers on everything from pest control to pruning.

BONING UP ON POISONOUS PLANTS

A young friend asked for help in identifying edible plants, but his parents were afraid he'd eat the wrong ones and be poisoned. It occurred to me that if he studied poisonous plants first, he'd have a healthy respect for them when he started studying edible ones. Two books will help my friend in his quest. …

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