Where do I Start?..................

Even though it is increasingly possible to purchase commercially grown native plants (flowers, grasses and shrubs) in reputable nurseries, they cannot be thought of as 6-packs of petunias or pleasant pots of geraniums. Pennington County Master Gardener and native plant authority, Louise Engelstad,lists some reference books that are helpful guides and indicates her favorites in parenthesis. (All books are available from Amazon.com or other online sources.)

 Growing trees on the Great Plains. Brazell, Margaret. Fulcrum Publishing, 1992. (one of my favorites) Even though this book is out of print, thankfully it is still available from on-line vendors. This is to "go-to" book for establishing and growing trees in the demanding Great Plains setting.

Denver Water. Xeriscape plant guide: 100 water-wise plants for gardens and landscapes. Fulcrum Publishing, 1996. (one of my favorites)

The American meadow garden: creating a natural alternative to the traditional lawn.By John Greenlee and Saxon Holt. Photographs by Saxon Holt. Timber press, 2009. (one of my favorites)

Ornamental grasses for western gardens. Raff, Marilyn. Johnson Books, 2005. (one of my favorites)

Natural landscaping: gardening with nature to create a backyard paradise
.  Sally Roth. Rodale Press, 1997. (one of my favorites)

Sunset Western garden book. 8th edition. Sunset Publishing, 2007. (one of my favorites)

Best perennials for the Rocky mountains and High Plains. Tannehill, Celia and James Klett.Bulletin 573A. Colorado State University, 2002.

Gardening with prairie plants: how to create beautiful native landscapes
.Wasowski, Sally. University of Minnesota Press, 2002.

Creating the prairie xeriscape: low-maintenance, water-efficient gardening. Williams, Sara. University of Saskatchewan, 1997.



Miss Gardening? Grow Green Beans Indoors This Winter


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For gardeners who just can’t stand to keep their hands out of the soil for any length of time, growing food indoors in containers can be a great pastime during the winter months.


Green beans are a relatively quick-growing vegetable that can be grown inside your home and also look quite beautiful, as well.


Plants that you are growing indoors can be started any time of the year, but you still need to remember that they have certain environmental requirements. Green beans need plenty of light, so you will need to place them in a part of your home where they can get a minimum of six hours of sunlight each day. Alternatively, grow lights can work if you do not have a window that gets enough sun.