Pacific Northwest

August, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Don’t Bite Me Insect Repellent

National News

Summer is biting insect time, and not only are mosquitoes annoying, they can transmit diseases such as West Nile virus and encephalitis. There is a plethora of repellent sprays on the market to...

New Dwarf Agapanthus

Agapanthus, or lily of the Nile, is a common perennial in warm climates (hardy in USDA zones 8 to11). The dark green, strap-like leaves provide an attractive ground cover, while the stalks of sky...

New Community Garden Book

With rising fuel and food prices, many people are turning to growing some of their food. However, people in urban areas or without access to land face challenges to growing their own. Community...

Does Rinsing Apples Remove Pesticides?

It’s apple season and many people will be biting into the crisp fruit and enjoying the new crop in pies and sauces. Unfortunately, apples are routinely sprayed with pesticides to control a variety...

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In the Garden

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Flaunt Your Personality with Garden Art

Garden art must be one of the fastest-growing trends. Artful garden accessories seem to be everywhere -- from the grocery store to booths at the local farmers' markets. In fact, if you can walk past all the gazing balls and obelisks and sculptural...
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Resources

Books

Learn About Insects! The video MicroCosmos (Miramax Films, 1996; $14.95) captures the details and awesome diversity...

Favorite or New Plant

Mahonia, A Shrub for All Seasons In a quest to extend the season of interest in my garden, Oregon grape ( Mahonia aquifolium ) was...
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Regional Reminders

  • Feed Tomatoes
  • Practice Good Garden Sanitation
  • Keep Composting
  • Prolong Blooming of Roses
  • Prune Flowering Shrubs

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