National News - From NGA Editors
Striking Purple-Leaved Pineapple Lily
Pineapple lily ( Eucomis comosa ) is a subtropical plant that produces sword-like leaves and pineapple-like flowers. Its hardy only in USDA zones 7 to 10 but can be grown as an annual in colder...
Identify Your Plants Via E-mail
It happens even to the most knowledgeable gardeners: You see a plant you like but you don't know the name of it, and your gardening friends don't know what it is either. Sometimes even a local...
New, Stronger String Trimmer
Cutting weeds and edging grass with a string trimmer is a thankless job, yet many homeowners like the manicured look that these machines afford. One of the most annoying aspects of using string...
Will Biofuels Help Reduce Global Warming?
Biofuels are all the rage. With soaring oil prices and a desire to reduce our dependence on foreign energy resources, there's a lot of interest in growing corn and other crops to be processed into...
In the Garden
Nature is extravagantly dressed this year -- clothed in more than the reds and oranges and golds of the maples and sumacs and other woody plants. The annual and perennial flowers in my garden are still blooming like there's no tomorrow, or at least no...
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Clever Gardening Technique
Staking Plants While I have an assortment of metal plant stakes of varying heights and shapes, I prefer using...
Tool or Gardening Product
Ups-A-Daisy Here's a handy item for placing a smallish plant into a much larger container. Instead of filling...
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