Coastal and Tropical South

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


Tree Today, Mulch Tomorrow

If there's a way to turn a mess into something grand, gardeners will try to find it. My back garden has never been a showplace, but after years and storms, it needed serious attention. The hackberry was seriously overgrown, and although it didn't...
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Favorite or New Plant

Mexican Hat Talk about a bad rap! Yes, Mexican hat reseeds, but that's a plus in hot, sunny garden beds. Even...

Clever Gardening Technique

Tree Forms This tip could be called "transforming," since it changes the appearance of the plant and the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Monitoring Root Health of Carob Trees
  • Clean Up Before Replanting
  • Solarize for Weed Control
  • Caring for Gardenias
  • Keep the Veggies Crisp

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