Coastal and Tropical South

July, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Improved Shrub

National News

The Texas Superstar Plant Program at Texas A & M University takes well-known plants and develops unique selections with new characteristics. In 2005 breeders improved upon a common landscape shrub...

New Corn Earworm Control

Corn earworm is a big problem for gardeners across the country. An old-fashioned yet effective organic control is to apply a several drops of mineral oil on the corn silks (where the adult moths...

Clay Controls Weeds

Over the past decade, kaolin clay was introduced as a disease and insect control for various crops (see "High Tech Dust Foils Pests" ). Now, new research from the USDA suggests that this clay...

No-Mow Grass

It's midsummer and many gardeners are getting tired of mowing the lawn. There's no getting around mowing a manicured Bermuda grass or Kentucky bluegrass lawn, but if you have an orchard, vacation...

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In the Garden


Green Legacy

If you want your children to inherit your love of gardening, start early and keep the activities age-appropriate. First Fruits Little ones are naturally curious about everything, and they'll grab a seed or bulb as quickly as anything else. As...
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Web Finds

BBC Children's Gardening Gardening with kids is popular worldwide, and the BBC network's site has great ideas you can use...

Favorite or New Plant

Sunflowers No plant makes a better choice for gardening with kids than sunflowers. They grow fast in almost...
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Regional Reminders

  • Make Tipi Trellises
  • Employ Kids in Watering
  • Help Kids Save and Sow Seeds
  • Give Kids Dunk Power
  • Plant Fall Veggies

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