Lower South

February, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Purple Ornamental Pepper

National News

Ornamental/edible hot peppers have become all the rage in the gardening world in recent years. There are numerous varieties available that combine the heat and spice of hot peppers with attractive...

Which Fruits Have the Most Antioxidants?

Every few months it seems there's another news story touting a specific fruit as having high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that have been associated with the prevention of...

Best Bellflowers

Bellflowers (Campanula) are widely adapted, hardy flowers that include more than 300 different annual, biennial, and perennial species. The Chicago Botanic Garden evaluated 89 different perennial...

Compostable Kitchen Bags

Composting is a great way to produce healthy organic matter for the garden and reduce the amount of food scraps and yard waste going to landfills. Many gardeners accumulate kitchen scraps to throw...

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In the Garden


Making Pruning Make Sense

As an Extension Horticulturist I have advised gardeners for a couple of decades now on various aspects of gardening. Many answers are simple and easy. Some are not. Pruning is one of those topics that although we try just doesn't lend itself to simple...
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Web Finds

How to Prune Trees The How to Prune Trees Web resource from the USDA Forest Service is a great guide in the best...

Clever Gardening Technique

The 3-Cut Method Use the 3-cut method when you do need to remove a large limb to prevent it from stripping the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Trim Ornamental Grasses
  • Clean Up Perennial Herbs
  • Plant Potatoes
  • Complete Dormant Oil Sprays
  • Divide Fall Blooming Perennials

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