New England

July, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New, Red Japanese Painted Fern

National News

Ferns are popular shade garden plants that add texture and interest to areas where many plants won’t thrive. While the dominant color of ferns is green, the Japanese painted fern adds a silvery...

Simple, Safe Wasp Deterrent

Wasps and yellow jackets have a habit of ruining outdoor picnics and gatherings. They often build nests close to houses or in our yards and can become a nuisance when we try to use our outdoor...

Rose Hips May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

Roses have been known for years to be not only beautiful but edible and medicinal as well. The rose hip, in particular, can be used in applesauce, soup, stew, marmalade, bread, pie, jam, and...

Native Ground Cover for Deep Shade

Ferns and hostas may make a big impact in shady areas, but don't overlook the beauty of smaller ground covers, especially when they burst into bloom like Meehan's mint. This native, creeping mint...

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In the Garden


Annuals I Can't Live Without

Every year in middle of crazed May planting I vow to plant fewer annuals the next year and cut down on the number of pots on the patio and deck, so I can "kick back" a little more in early summer. That's an impossible promise, I know, but I still make...
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Clever Gardening Technique

Make Rose Butter Since when does butter make a decorative statement? When you add rose petals. Soften a stick of...

Favorite or New Plant

Thalictrum The tallest and smallest plants in my garden are in the Thalictrum family. Both have the same...
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Regional Reminders

  • Take Azalea Cuttings
  • Protect Tomato Plants With Copper Wires
  • Cutting Roses
  • Thin Beets and Carrots
  • Break Up Soil Crust

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