Middle South

June, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Tomatoes Found to Protect Against Sunburn

National News

Many gardeners use sunscreen while outdoors to shield their skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. According to new research, eating tomatoes may also have a sun-protecting effect....

Bushy Cordyline for Tropical Gardens

Tropical plants continue to be the rage, especially in container gardens. One of the most popular tropicals is best loved for its leaves, not flowers. Cordyline is an Australian native that...

Lantanas That Attract the Most Butterflies

Butterfly gardening is one of the most popular types of flower gardening, and one of the most popular nectar plants for adults is Lantana camara . But research has shown that butterflies can be...

New Stool Saves Your Back

Midsummer is weeding and harvesting time in the garden. Unfortunately, this work can be backbreaking. Now there is a new tool that allows you to sit down while working. The wearable garden...

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In the Garden


Focus on Fungus: Managing Garden Diseases

Gardeners in our region no doubt welcomed the recent rains. I know I did. But although they provided only a drop in the bucket when it comes to replenishing wells, lakes, and aquifers, the rains did bring something else: garden diseases. Or at least...
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Web Finds

Plants Favored by Deer The Reducing Deer Damage site from Cornell University has in-depth background information on...

Favorite or New Plant

Angelonia Sometimes called summer snapdragons, angelonia are perfect plants for container gardens. The...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Container Plantings
  • Replace Flagging Annuals
  • Spend Half Hour a Day Pulling Weeds
  • Keep Tomatoes Evenly Watered
  • Avoid Using Sprinklers in Midday Sun

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