New England

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


Forcing Bulbs Indoors

If it's fall, it must be bulb planting time. While here in New England we can plant as late as November (I've planted in snow showers at Thanksgiving), an earlier start gives spring-flowering bulbs a longer rooting period before winter. And an early...
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Favorite or New Plant

Drumstick Allium I'll never be without drumstick alliums ( Allium sphaerocephalon ) in my garden. Their purplish...

Tool or Gardening Product

PotLifter At a recent gardening symposium I found my new favorite tool: the PotLifter. This ingenious...
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Regional Reminders

  • Water Newly Planted Perennials
  • Clean Bird Feeders
  • Don't Prune Now
  • Mulch Cold-Hardy Root Vegetables
  • Clean Up Under Fruit Trees

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