New England

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


Techniques for Easier Gardening

Gardening is great exercise and the pleasure of tending plants outdoors is valuable mood medicine as well. But let's face it, all that digging, shoveling, hoeing, weeding, and lugging bags of amendments and hoses and sprayers and watering cans takes its...
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Clever Gardening Technique

Planting Bare-Root Perennials Peonies are notoriously picky about their planting depth and won't bloom if they are planted too...

Tool or Gardening Product

Peta Fist Grip Tools The handles are what make these hand tools unique, bending at a right angle to the tool head so...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prune Strawberry Runners
  • Treat for Powdery Mildew
  • Mow Higher
  • Sow Late Crops
  • Protect Blueberries From Birds

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