Pacific Northwest

July, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Watermelons May Have Viagra-Like Effect

National News

Watermelons are favorite summer fruits that are loaded with antioxidants. Previous research touted watermelons as being high in lycopene, an antioxidant associated with heart, prostate, and skin...

New Dwarf Alamanda

Alamanda is a rambling, fragrant tropical vine that produces 3-inch-diameter yellow blossoms all summer. Most varieties of alamanda grow to 25 feet, so they are best grown on a pergola or trellis....

Versailles Gardens Go Green

The Gardens of Versailles are some of the most quintessential formal gardens in the world. Straight lines of ancient trees, well-trimmed hedges, and manicured lawns make up the bulk of these...

New Water-Saving Sprinkler System

With summer droughts hitting many areas and the price of water rising, many homeowners are looking for ways to save water. One of the biggest summer users of water is the automated lawn sprinkler...

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In the Garden


Attracting a Bounty of Butterflies

I know summer has arrived when I can stand quietly in the garden and watch butterflies flitting over the flowers in search of nectar. With careful planning and plant selection, it's possible for you to capture some of that quiet beauty in your own...
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Favorite or New Plant

Japanese Barberry I'm always on the prowl for foliage that acts as a counterpoint to flowers, or even replaces...

Clever Gardening Technique

Pinching Plants Pinching is the removal of the terminal bud (the growing tip) of a stem. This starts a hormonal...
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Regional Reminders

  • Eradicate Weeds
  • Plant More Veggies
  • Build a Wasp Trap
  • Prevent Cucumber Bitterness
  • Water Early and Often

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