Pacific Northwest

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


Slimy Slugs, Slippery Snails

Whenever I spot a trail of glistening slime leading across a leaf or flower, I know that a slug or snail has been feasting. I'm always amazed at the amount of damage they can do in a relatively short period of time. Slugs and snails are mollusks,...
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Earthworms The Earth Moved , by Amy Stewart (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003; $23.95), is a...

Clever Gardening Technique

Garden Glove Care To clean your garden gloves after working in muddy soil, simply wash your hands with your gloves...
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Regional Reminders

  • Cut Back Leggy Annuals
  • Divide Bearded Iris
  • Keep Lawn Mower Blades Sharp
  • Mound Soil Around Carrots
  • Control Apple Maggots

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