Middle South

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

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A Shady Proposition

One sunny spring day a few years ago I planted rudbeckias, purple coneflowers, and climbing roses along a rail fence. I imagined rose canes heavy with flowers arching over the lush and colorful perennials. This year, I planted shade-loving impatiens...
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Resources

Clever Gardening Technique

Encourage New Roots in Pot-Bound Plants If that "must-have" plant you recently bought is pot-bound, it's probably going to struggle to...

Books

Growing Roses Organically Clear information on managing pests is a hallmark of Rodale organic gardening books, and Growing...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Pumpkins
  • Harvest Before Noon
  • Rejuvenate Container Plants
  • Pinch Basil
  • Renovate Annuals

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