Coastal and Tropical South

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


The Trouble with Myrtle

Some say crape myrtle is overplanted, that growing it is a boring rut. I say it's a groove more people should get into. For every beautiful crape myrtle you see, it seems there are two that need pruning. Some of the necessary cuts should be made in...
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Web Finds

What's That Bug? What's That Bug Web site is a reference that could only exist on the Internet. It is great fun...


Beach Walks A Decade of Beach Walks , by George Thatcher (Quail Ridge Press, 2008; $12), will become a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Don't Let Fleas Take Over
  • Spread Lime on Mushroom Patches
  • Check for Chinch Bugs
  • Inspect Cereals and Grains
  • Rescue Earthworms

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