Pacific Northwest

June, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Sun-Tolerant Caladium

National News

Caladiums are known for their ability to brighten shady spots in the yard with their colorful leaves. Now there's a caladium that's more sun tolerant than other varieties, and its shorter stature...

Grapes May Protect Against Diabetes

According to the National Institutes of Health, it’s estimated that 1 in every 400 to 600 children and adolescents in the U.S. has type 1 diabetes. This epidemic has spurred research into ways to...

New Animal Control for Gardens

Controlling marauding animals from eating your landscape and garden is a never-ending task. Now there’s a new, low-impact, technological tool to add to your list of repellent sprays, fences, and...

Warm Temperatures Increase the Sugar and Nutrients in Tomatoes

Most gardeners know the flavor and nutritional quality of fresh tomatoes is best if you grow your own. New research from France shows that the temperature at which fruit ripens can also affect the...

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In the Garden


Dynamic, Dependable Dahlias

Now that soil and air temperatures have warmed, it's time to plant dahlias. I never met a dahlia I didn't like. They come in all sizes, from dwarf plants that can be tucked away in a border to almost bush-like giants. They have a variety of bloom shapes...
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Web Finds

Help with Plant Problems If you need help diagnosing a plant problem or want to learn more about environmentally safe...


Making More Plants The title of this book -- Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation , by Ken...
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Regional Reminders

  • Store Extra Seed
  • Leave Grass Clippings
  • Fertilize Plants
  • Encourage Asparagus Foliage
  • Keep Records

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