New England

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

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Celebrate Poinsettias

Poinsettias take their name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the man credited with introducing this showy plant to United States consumers. How did this tropical plant become such an important symbol of the winter holidays, right next to boughs of holly and...
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Resources

Web Finds

Celebrate the Solstice December 21 marked the winter solstice, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Also,...

Tool or Gardening Product

Colorful Oasis Rainbow Foam One challenge with using floral foam in flower arranging is keeping the material hidden from...
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Regional Reminders

  • Grow Under Fluorescents
  • Tending Houseplants
  • Prepare Tools for Winter
  • Propagate African Violets
  • Avoid Using Salt to Melt Ice

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