Lower South

August, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Edible, Ornamental Salmonberry

National News

Salmonberry is a common, native woodland shrub that grows in part shade in many areas of the country. Now it's available with striking golden foliage that contrasts beautifully with its bright...

The Lowdown on Organic Sprays

Organic pest controls are very popular with vegetable gardeners trying to avoid excessive pest damage and also have less impact on the environment. However, detailed information about the organic...

Home Gardens Essential for Bumblebees

Pollinating insects have been in the news lately because of their declining numbers and the impact this may have on many food crops. The good news is that it appears that wide-open spaces and...

High Lead Levels Found in Garden Hoses

A common summer scene involves kids squirting each other with the garden hose. Invariably, on a hot summer day some of the kids will take a drink from the hose. We’ve all done it, whether as kids...

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In the Garden


Fabulous Figs

This has been a bountiful year for figs in our area. Trees have produced heavy crops, and many are now setting a second crop. Figs and I go way back. I have childhood memories of climbing a fig tree to harvest the fruit. Our home place was in the...
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Web Finds

Figs This Texas A & M Figs site provides a complete description of fig culture including how to...

Clever Gardening Technique

Container Figs If space is lacking for a fig tree or if your winters are too cold for dependable production, try...
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Regional Reminders

  • Start Cool-Season Transplants
  • Divide Spring Perennials
  • Shear Roses
  • Watch for Chinch Bugs
  • Last Call for Warm-Season Vegetables

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