Pacific Northwest

October, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Tri-Colored Japanese Maple

National News

Fall is for tree planting. The warm soils and cool, rainy days create perfect conditions for tree roots to grow before the cold days of winter. Japanese maple is a favorite specimen tree of many...

Instant Compost Tea

Gardeners know the benefits compost tea can have on their gardens. Not only is it a quick and efficient way to deliver nutrients to plants, compost tea also feeds the microbial life in the soil....

Trials of the Best Organic Weed Killers

Organic gardeners often struggle to control annual weeds in their gardens. While there are many organic products on the market touted as helpful in controlling weeds, there has been little...

Blue Flag Iris Filters Pesticides

Our native blue flag iris ( Iris versicolor ) is a beautiful perennial that grows well on lakeshores, swamps, wet meadows and along stream beds. Now it appears this iris can be effective in...

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In the Garden


Garnish Your Garden with Ferns

To me, ferns are ideal shade plants. Their delicate, feathery beauty appeals to me, but so does their diversity. Ferns come in all kinds of colors, shapes, and sizes, so I think they are easy to fit into almost any kind of garden. I like to contrast...
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African Violets The African Violet Handbook , by Tony Clements (David and Charles Publishers, 2003), is a good...

Clever Gardening Technique

Breathing New Life Into Lawns Just as you till or hoe your garden to loosen compacted soil, you can provide the same benefits...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Garlic
  • Compost Plant Debris
  • Sweeten Root Crops
  • Appreciate Fall Foliage
  • Prepare Beds for Spring

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