Pacific Northwest

June, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Ornamental Elderberry

National News

For those who love the look of the Japanese maple but have a hard time getting one to grow in their climate, the new 'Black Lace' elderberry ( Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace') is a good substitute....

Bug Blaster

While a well-known insect control technique involves spraying strong blasts of water on plants to knock off insects, most traditional water nozzles just aren't very effective at providing complete...

CDC Recommends New Mosquito Controls

It's summertime and mosquito season is upon us. Gardeners are always looking for ways to minimize exposure to insects, not just because they are a nuisance but also to protect against diseases...

Seeds of Kokopelli

If you're interested in saving seeds of your favorite heirloom vegetables but don't know how, here's a great resource that can help. The Seeds of Kokopelli , by Dominique Guillet (Les Presses de...

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In the Garden


Digging Buried Treasures

I love poking around in the potato plot. It's a little like digging for buried treasure; you never know the extent of the treasure, but you expect to unearth great things. The leafy aboveground parts of a potato plant are an indication of what's going...
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Square Foot Gardening Square Foot Gardening , by Mel Bartholomew (Rodale Press, 1981; $17) is a classic in gardening...

Favorite or New Plant

Queen of the Prairie I value gold-leaved plants for their capacity to brighten the dark areas of my shade garden. In...
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Regional Reminders

  • Mulch the Garden
  • Stop Those Slugs
  • Begin Harvesting Vegetables
  • Prune Flowering Shrubs
  • Keep Composting

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