Upper South

June, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

The Best Salvias For Hot Summers

National News

Salvias are one of the most commonly grown bedding plants across the country. They grow and flower quickly, producing spikes of red, white, pink, blue, and purple flowers all summer long. However,...

Plastic Mulch Repels Pests

Tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, and cucumbers are popular summer garden vegetables. However, they also are subject to many insects and diseases. Gardeners have used colored plastic mulch to...

Organic Fire Ant Control

Fire ants are a major pest in lawns and gardens across much of the country. Now there is an effective organic control that will help eliminate these harmful pests that's safer for the environment...

Kudzu Reduces Alcohol Consumption

The "vine that ate the South" may have a positive side after all. Researchers at the McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, investigated kudzu as a treatment to curb excessive drinking....

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In the Garden

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On Becoming a Steward of the Soil

In more than thirty years of working as a professional horticulturist, one of the most frequently heard statements from others is, "My plants don't grow well because I have bad dirt." My response, learned at my father's knee, is that the first problem...
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Resources

Web Finds

More on Soil Cornell University has compiled this Soil and Composting Factsheets Web page with links to...

Books

Secrets to Great Soil Elizabeth P. Stell presents information about soil and how to help it grow a great garden in...
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Regional Reminders

  • Gardening With Arthritis
  • Be Safe in the Sun and Heat
  • Water Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs
  • Control Insects on Vegetables
  • Mow Lawns Higher

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