National News - From NGA Editors
Poison Ivy Gets Pumped Up
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 its 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
Its 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...
In the Garden
I've been watching the progress of the new development going in next door to us, and as is so often the case, the first thing the developer did was cut down the trees and strip the area of all plant life. Now, the first two houses are in, and I'm...
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Visit Monticello Thomas Jefferson said, "The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful...
Resources for Landscaping for Energy Conservation The Virginia Cooperative Extension's Conserving Energy with Landscaping Web page provides a...
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