Rocky Mountain Gardener’s Handbook: All You Need to Know to by John Cretti, Mary Ann Newcomer

By John Cretti, Mary Ann Newcomer

Rocky Mountain Gardener's Handbook comprises three hundred plant profiles equipped less than ten plant different types, from annuals to vines. each one plant profile web page contains 3 suggested crops, with full-color pictures, important icons for solar and color specifications, and planting and growing to be info. three hundred and sixty five days of around-the-garden upkeep info for every plant class assists the gardener with what to do to keep up a Rocky Mountain backyard within the states of Colorado, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming. comprises valuable charts, illustrations, and full-color plant images.

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Warm-season vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and squash tend to be large plants with large root systems and require a longer season and higher temperatures to mature. They are generally grown for their fruit. Peas are an exception, being a cool-season vegetable grown for its seeds, as is New Zealand spinach, a warm-season vegetable grown for its leaves. ELEVATIon If you garden below 5,000 feet elevation you can easily grow all of the cool-season and many of the warm-season vegetables that require fewer days to harvest.

Wash them off with a burst of water from the hose nozzle. Harvest & Best Selections—Berries are ripe when they are plump and fully shaped. They should slip easily from the plant. Red varieties include ‘Boyne’—early season, very hardy; ‘Nova’—midseason, disease resistant; ‘Latham’—midseason; and ‘Heritage’—fall bearing. A good golden-colored option is the fall-bearing ‘Fall Gold’. Care & Problems—Borers and sawflies can damage plum trees. Great care should be used when treating fruit trees with insecticides.

Smart food, they are called—good for your brain and your immune system. Blueberries may take some extra work to get settled in the garden, but like all the other fruits in this chapter, nothing beats picking them fresh and popping them in your mouth. The shrubs themselves fit beautifully in the flower garden and mixed border since they turn a brilliant hot pink and red in the autumn. Why It’s Special—Currants are not a big ticket item in the local produce section, so the only way to guarantee fresh currants for jams and jellies is to grow them yourself.

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