Middle 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


Harvest Rainwater with a Rain Barrel

With much of our region experiencing serious drought and some of the hottest weather still ahead of us, now is the time to look for more ways to conserve water in your landscape. We've had some dramatic thunderstorms roll through our area, with the...
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Web Finds

Rain Barrel Plans If you'd like to build your own rain barrel, here are some sites with detailed instructions....


Rain Gardens Building a rain garden is a good way to conserve water and reduce runoff. A rain garden is...
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Regional Reminders

  • Water Soil Before Fertilizing
  • Cut Back Perennials for Rebloom
  • Nurture Roses
  • Plan Your Late Summer and Fall Garden
  • Water Tomatoes to Keep Soil Moist

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