Pacific Northwest

July, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Poison Ivy Gets Pumped Up

National News

One of the scourges of summer is dermatitis from contact with poison ivy. The leaves, branches, and roots of this perennial vining weed contain an oil ( urushiol ) that, once it penetrates your...

The First True Red Hydrangea

One visit to your local garden center and it’s clear that mophead hydrangeas ( Hydrangea macrophylla ) are very popular. While pink or blue flowers have been the most popular colors, plant...

Veggies Help Prevent Clogged Arteries

It’s common knowledge that eating vegetables is good for us, and a recent study helps us understand at least one reason why. In laboratory tests on rodents, researchers at Wake Forest University...

Add Water-Absorbing Gel After Planting

Water-absorbing crystals are often used to keep containers, hanging baskets, and pots moist during dry summer weather. The traditional way to apply the crystals is to mix them into the potting...

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In the Garden


Art in the Garden

Garden art must be one of the fastest growing trends. Artful garden accessories seem to be everywhere -- from the grocery store to booths at the local farmer's market. In fact, if you can walk past all the gazing balls and obelisks and sculptural...
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Learn About Insects! The video MicroCosmos (Miramax Films, 1996; $14.95) captures the details and awesome diversity...

Favorite or New Plant

Clary Sage Both big and different, clary sage ( Salvia sclarea ) is a difficult plant to describe. This...
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Regional Reminders

  • Control Apple Maggots
  • Fertilize Tomatoes
  • Practice Good Garden Sanitation
  • Keep Composting
  • Prune Flowering Shrubs

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