Middle South

June, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Fruiting Banana Tree for Containers

National News

There is no fruit more representative of the tropics than the banana. However, other than frost-free areas in South Florida, Texas, and Southern California, you rarely see fruiting bananas in the...

Spectacular Evergreen Dogwood With Abundant Flowers

Chinese evergreen dogwoods ( Cornus angustata ) are a relatively new group of landscape trees that are primarily grown in the Southeast. Although they have been around for 20 years, they aren’t...

Electric Fly Swatter for Your Next Picnic

Summertime is mosquito and flying insect time in many areas of the country. The simplest method of killing an errant fly is with a fly swatter. However, trying to kill a flying insect with a fly...

Pea Seeds Grow Better With Vitamin C

If you’ve had trouble getting pea seeds to germinate and grow in your garden, try soaking the seeds in a solution of vitamin C or folic acid before planting. Researchers at the University of...

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In the Garden


Falling for Phlox

Although I love how a bunch of tall phlox looks in a vase, I've found them too fragile for the bouquets I sell. By the time I've harvested, arranged, bound, wrapped, and delivered my bouquets half the flowers have fallen off and rest are bruised. Plus,...
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Web Finds

Tomato Staking Techniques The key to growing good tomatoes is to trellis, cage, or otherwise support them. If you don't,...

Favorite or New Plant

Coneflowers Coneflowers ( Echinacea spp.) are growing in popularity as people discover the plants' beauty,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Determine Culprit Before Spraying
  • Deadhead Daily
  • Reuse and Recycle
  • Attract Beneficial Insects
  • Use Pesticides with Caution

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