Pacific Northwest

August, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Vanilla-Scented Verbena Perfumes Your Yard

National News

Verbenas are stars of the late-season annual flower garden. They are great butterfly attractants and provide an airy feel to the garden as their flowers float above the foliage. Now there’s a...

Neem May Inhibit Nitrogen-Fixation in Legumes

Neem extract is widely used to ward off a variety of insects, such as Japanese beetles, aphids, and scale, and also diseases such as powdery mildew. It’s derived from the seed of a tropical tree...

Gardening Improves Health of Older Adults

It’s widely known that regular exercise contributes to the prevention of chronic diseases associated with aging and helps maintain an independent lifestyle. While many seniors find regular...

Faux Coyote Scares Away Birds

From the manufacturer who brought you the scare-eye balloons and faux owls to help ward off unwanted birds comes another faux predator for your yard. The faux coyote is not just a one-dimensional...

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In the Garden

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A Handy Set of Tools

I'm a sucker for a new garden tool. I've got more than six shovels, a dozen pruning shears, loads of trowels, a boxful of pruning saws ... and the list goes on. In my backyard there is a shed full of stuff. So when I taught a class on garden tools to...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Elephant Ears Of the more than 200 plants that grow in my garden, not one garners more comments, compliments,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Disinfecting and Cleaning Pots Pots can be reused indefinitely, but with each use they accumulate mineral deposits and other...
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Regional Reminders

  • Water Containers Regularly
  • Prune Back Flowers
  • Watch for Tomato Pests
  • Prevent Spider Mite Invasions
  • Give a Final Feeding to Perennials

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