Garlic is perfect for small-space gardeners with sunny balconies and porches. Begin planting now and look forward to fresh, homegrown garlic in the months ahead.
Don't let an unappealing area or unsightly fixture like a septic tank cover ruin your view of your well-manicured landscape, cover it up! Follow this DIY and build a raised planter customized to conceal a vent pipe, water meter, septic cover and more.
Build shadow boxes for an ever-changing display of flowers and foliage. Use your fence or an exterior wall to create this vertical garden.
See more Simple Tips for your region here. You'll find great gardening advice on caring for your lawn, flowers and edibles, designed to address your specific climate and growing conditions.
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About the High Plains Region
The High Plains region runs through the Dakotas, western parts of Nebraska and Kansas, and to the panhandle of Oklahoma. The climate in the High Plains is perhaps more varied than any other climate in the United States. High elevations have bitter cold winters and short summers. Low elevation river valleys are milder and wetter. Rainfall averages to 40-50 inches a year. High winds and snowfall dictate the winter weather and snow may stay on the ground for a day, a week or all winter long. Spring happens suddenly, but so can a late spring snowfall. Summers are sunny, hot, dry, and short, with about 150 frost-free days. The High Plains were covered with prairie grasses for thousands of years before being cultivated, and the soils remain generally a sandy loam, clay loam or silt. Selecting eco-friendly, drought resistant plants will enrich gardens and landscapes.
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