Mid-Atlantic

July, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Outstanding Shrub for Late-Summer Color

National News

Most flowering shrubs bloom from early spring to summer, and by the time July rolls around there aren’t many colorful shrubs other than crape myrtles and hydrangeas. But a relatively uncommon...

Compost Reduces Potato Diseases

Soilborne diseases, such as common scab and stem canker, can be a problem when growing potatoes, often ruining a potato patch. Recent research has focused on using beneficial microbes and compost...

Keep Cool in the Garden

It’s hot outside, and in many parts of the country, plants as well as gardeners are wilting under the heat. Gardening in the hot sun at high temperatures can lead to sunburn, dehydration, and heat...

Favorite Perennial Book Just Got Better

Gardeners love a good reference book, and a favorite among perennial gardeners has been Allan Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennial Plants . Now a new edition has been released that promises to be even...

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In the Garden

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Mind Your Mantids

With its bulgy eyes sprouting antennae and six gangly legs, a praying mantid may frighten and fascinate. We're finding a lot of young, green mantids in city and suburban gardens. These nymphs won't hurt us, but small insects such as fruit flies and...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not Impatiens In shady woodland spots, Balfour's Touch-Me-Not, aka poor man's orchid ( Impatiens balfourii...

Web Finds

Lost Ladybug Project Find 'em, shoot 'em, and send 'em. This summer YOU can help with the Lost Ladybug Project!...
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Regional Reminders

  • Remove Overgrown Autumn Clematis
  • Pull and Fluff the Mulch
  • Experiment with Edible Flowers
  • Prune and Share Herbs
  • Cut Back Browning Poppies and Bleeding Heart

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