High Country Gardens on February 7th, 2014

Browsing animals and new transplants are a bad combination. Nothing is more annoying than going out the morning after the previous day’s labor of planting, only to find all your plants bitten off at the soil line.  The lesson here is that it’s important to understand that deer resistant plants need some initial protection from […]

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High Country Gardens on November 1st, 2013

Boo!  Halloween is always a marker of the winter to come.  Here in the high country of New Mexico, the tallest mountain peaks are starting to collect some snow and the frosts down in town become harder and more frequent.   This is also the time of year when the action in our gardens moves underground. […]

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High Country Gardens on October 25th, 2013

It’s been a long hot summer here in northern New Mexico.  With June being the hottest and driest in anyone’s memory, September brought records rains that helped to temporarily put the drought on hold. So now what? 1. Feeding the Soil (Fertilizing) One of the most basic principles of organic gardening is the need to […]

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High Country Gardens on September 27th, 2013

For larger, more colorful plants next year Over the many years I’ve been in the retail nursery and greenhouse business, it has been an uphill chore to convince my fellow gardeners that fall is an excellent time to plant.  Spring has always been a more traditional time to plant because I think we have taken […]

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High Country Gardens on September 6th, 2013

Instinctively, when we see a beautiful flower, we lean over to sniff it hoping for a sweet scent.  The natural perfume of plants is an attribute we gardeners are always searching for. There are two types of scents to be found in plants; Fragrant flowers and plant are ones that release a scent into the […]

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High Country Gardens on August 30th, 2013

All too often, I see customers load up with lots of plants and very few soil building products. Granted this is a dated analogy by today’s pricing, but the truth of the saying is still relevant:  “Don’t plant a $5 tree in a $1 hole.”  And whether it’s a tree, shrub, perennial or spring-flowering bulb, […]

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High Country Gardens on April 6th, 2012

Many folks are hesitant to plant perennials and other frost hardy trees and shrubs before the last average frost date of the spring. “What if it freezes”? “The cold weather will kill my new plants.” And so on. But the bottom line is that many perennial plants (as well as trees, shrubs and evergreens) prefer […]

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High Country Gardens on January 20th, 2012

Two Outstanding Native Shrubs for the Western US Native plants are a passion for my staff and I, particularly western native plants. And yet many of our great Western natives are virtually unknown among amateur and professional gardeners and landscapers. Such is the case with these two species native to the Great Basin of UT […]

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High Country Gardens on December 2nd, 2011

  Kintzley’s Ghost ® Vining Honeysuckle (Lonicera reticulate ‘Kintzley’s Ghost’) Vines are so useful in our landscapes. They provide coverage for fences (especially unsightly ones) and make a wonderful trellis plant to cover walls and narrow upright spaces with attractive foliage and colorful flowers. Kintzley’s Ghost is a very unusual native vine that gives us […]

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David Salman on July 5th, 2011

Now that it’s officially summer, and the heat has arrived, we’re all looking for ways to stay cool. Well your garden plants are feeling the same way. And that’s where putting a blanket down can help; a blanket of mulch. Mulching is a well practiced gardening technique of covering the soil with some type of […]

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