Pacific Northwest

March, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Mildew-Resistant Phlox

National News

Tall summer phlox ( Phlox paniculata ) are a midsummer treat is any perennial garden. The flowers are showy and are available in a range of colors, including pure white, pink, lilac, and red....

To Till or Not Till in Compost

Most gardeners know that compost applied to perennial beds helps the soil and plants in many ways. Usually the added compost is tilled into the soil before planting. Now research from the...

Community Gardens at all USDA Facilities

New research from the National Gardening Association shows there are more than 1 million community gardens in the United States and up to 3 million people would like to garden in a community garden...

New Early, Sweet Melon

Melons are a favored summer vegetable. While most gardeners are familiar with the traditional cantaloupes, there are now other exotic melons making it into farmer's markets, grocery stores, and...

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In the Garden


Growing Heaths and Heathers

Winter can be a long and dreary season around here, yet there is no time between November and June when I can't gather sprays of the bell-shaped blossoms from my winter-flowering heaths. Heaths and heathers grow very well in our climate. They love...
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Web Finds

Science of Gardening Like all great endeavors, gardening is both a science and an art. The Exploratorium Web site...


The New Flower Gardener The New Flower Gardener by Pippa Greenwood (Barnes & Noble Books, 2002; $13) is illustrated...
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Regional Reminders

  • Trap Slugs
  • Renew Ornamental Grasses
  • De-Thatch Lawns
  • Check Soil for Planting
  • Plant Extra Veggies

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