December, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Fragrant Alstroemeria

National News

Alstroemeria or Peruvian lily is a common cut flower often used in floral bouquets. It is a versatile perennial that’s hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8. The orchid-like flowers come in a variety of...

High Nitrogen Levels Reduce Health Benefits of Veggies

Many herbs and spices are known to contain potent antioxidant compounds. However, it’s not always clear how growing conditions affect the levels of antioxidants in plants. Researchers at...

Love at First Sight Rose Video

Roses are one of America’s best-loved flowers. Few home gardeners realize the time, energy, and money that go into breeding and growing a variety for market. A new variety takes years of trials...

Farmers for Hire: New Trend in Urban Gardening

In hard economic times everyone wants to cut costs. While growing your own food can save money and produce fresh, healthy vegetables in your own yard, it does take time and expertise. People in...

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In the Garden


Pots of Spring

Workshops for making holiday wreaths, table centerpieces, tree decorations, evergreen swags, gingerbread houses, and cookies fill the December calendar. Fortunately, I have several friends who are sooo much better at baking and decorative crafts than...
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Web Finds

Landlovers, Find a Field You Love Know a young person who has an affinity for plants? This could lead to profitable and rewarding...


Compost and Gardening Humor Spring Gillard's Diary of a Compost Hotline Operator -- Edible Essays on City Farming (New...
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Regional Reminders

  • Save Your Amaryllis
  • Give Holiday Horticulture
  • Visit Nature Centers and Wildlife Refuges
  • Regift for Fun with Care
  • Recycle Pine Branches Over Bulb Areas

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