Magazine article Sunset

Mountain Garden Notebook

Magazine article Sunset

Mountain Garden Notebook

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BY JIM Mc

just when I think my garden is under control, a new pest arrives to test my plants and me. One recent intruder was the Cooley spruce gall aphid, which has afflicted my trees horribly. This insect attacks many kinds of spruces, causing ugly bulbous galls to form at branch tips. To find a treatment, I turned to a new CD-ROM: Put Knowledge to Work CD97 (Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, Fort Collins, 1997; $45.50, 970/4916198). It contains the combined horticultural wisdom of 16 American universities. For example, the entry I found for Cooley spruce gall aphid was written by CSU Cooperative Extension's Whitney Cranshaw, one of the foremost experts on insect problems in the Rockies. To control this pest, he recommends spraying trees with dormant oil in winter. Early next year, I'll give it a try.

CELEBRATING HERBS IN MONTANA

Those of us who grow herbs in gardens on glacial till know the challenge of planting in rocky soil. That's why I have a special place in my heart for Shady Side Herb Farm, just outside Montana's Glacier National Park. To overcome the rocky soil, owner Amy Hinman-Shade used stones from her property to build more than 200 raised beds, all planted with herbs and flowers. You can buy plants here (either potted or field-grown) take classes (subjects range from aromatherapy to soap making), or just kick back and enjoy one of the prettiest spots in Montana. If you can, visit during the fifth annual Garden Celebration (10 to 8 July 25). Admission is free. …

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