Pacific Northwest

October, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New, Colorful Yellow Rocket

National News

Yellow rocket (Ligularia) is a late-blooming perennial for woodland gardens or shady areas. It’s commonly relegated to the back of the border because of its uninteresting leaves. However, a new...

Are Organic Blueberries Healthier?

Many people believe organically raised produce is safer than conventionally raised crops because of the lack of chemical spray residues on the fruit. However, what about differences in the...

Tracking Lost Ladybugs

The old nursery rhyme goes, "Ladybug, ladybug fly away home …" It seems the insects have taken this song a little too literally. Over the last 20 years, several of our native ladybug species have...

Protect Plants from Frost

Frost is threatening in many areas, if it hasn’t already hit. However, many plants are still looking good in the garden, and perhaps you’re not ready to give them up just yet. If you have a prized...

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In the Garden


Where Rocks Grow, Plant a Rock Garden

I'm convinced that the rocks on my property are socially active, with no conscience at all. They reproduce in broad daylight, in alarming numbers, as evidenced by the small stones appearing in the garden just hours after I've carefully removed every one...
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Rock Garden Plants: A Color Encyclopedia Rock Garden Plants: A Color Encyclopedia , by Baldassare Mineo (Timber Press, 1999; $59.95), is...

Clever Gardening Technique

Digging and Storing Dahlias Because they're hardy only to USDA Hardiness Zone 8, dahlia tubers need to be dug up in the fall...
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Regional Reminders

  • Harvest Winter Squash
  • Transplant Rhizomes and Store Corms
  • Brighten Up Beds with Mums
  • Have Your Soil Tested
  • Prepare Beds for Spring

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