Coastal and Tropical South

November, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Toast to Your Health With a Glass of Pomegranate Juice

National News

This tropical fruit, which offers up brilliant red edible seeds, is showing up in finer restaurants as a special blend in cocktails. But pomegranates ( Punica granatum ) are not just trendy,...

Butterfly Bushes For Small Gardens

Butterfly bushes are well-known late summer- and fall-blooming perennials. There are a number of selections of these butterfly-attracting shrubs with different-colored flowers. However, the plants...

Organic Mulch Boosts Tomato Production

Heirloom tomato varieties continue to be popular among home gardeners. To get the highest production from tomatoes, some growers have been advocating the use of plastic mulch. New research in Ohio...

Add Beneficial Fungi When Planting

Many gardeners, especially those in warm areas, are still planting bulbs, trees, and shrubs, and adding soil amendments such as compost and fertilizer when planting. But the most critical additive...

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In the Garden

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Sweet, Sentimental Topiaries

When we think of a classic Southern holiday decorating scheme, natural is the word. We use holly and nandina for their red berries, cedar boughs cut from the back pasture, and pyramidal "trees" covered in oranges and pomegranates. For generations we...
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Resources

Books

Indoor Plants The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual , by Barbara Pleasant (Storey Publishing, 2005; $24.95)...

Tool or Gardening Product

Vermont Garden Cart It took more than fifteen years but I finally had to do a few repairs on the large garden cart...
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Regional Reminders

  • Choose the Right Tree
  • Choosing Containers
  • Potting Up Amaryllis
  • Don't Plant Bulbs Too Deeply
  • Keep The Cuts Safe

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