New England

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


Gardening is a Natural High

Last night as I was picking delicacies for a fruit salad -- blueberries and strawberries and cherries and blackberries, all within a few yards of my back door, I was thinking about why gardening makes me feel so happy. It's partly the food value,...
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Natural Gardening in Small Spaces You don't need acres of land to create a natural landscape and sanctuary for birds and other...

Clever Gardening Technique

Planting Lilacs Take advantage of summer sales to increase your lilac collection. The newest planting guidelines...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Container Plants
  • Patrol for Japanese Beetles
  • Save Lupine Seeds
  • Stake Tall Dahlias
  • Keep Compost Pile Moist

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