Pacific Northwest

April, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Purple Magnolia

National News

Spring is magnolia time in many areas of the country. These early-blooming trees are some of the first reminders of the colorful flowering trees and shrubs to come. Now there is a new,...

Versatile Garden Planter

It looks like a long, black punching bag, but the Garden Soxx is really a new way to container garden. Garden Soxx is a tubular, mesh bag that has the texture of heavy-duty socks. It lets in water...

The Ultimate Gardener

It's not often that we toot our own horn, but the new book The Ultimate Gardener (HCI Publishing, 2009), by NGA horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi, features fun, heart-warming short stories about...

Fish Emulsion as a Fertilizer and Fungicide

Although most organic gardeners have used fish emulsion as an effective fertilizer for crops, recent research suggests that it can also be used as a fungicide to fight diseases as well....

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In the Garden


Dealing With Obnoxious Perennial Weeds

For years I have brooded about weeds. I've tried everything to eliminate them. I've smothered them with landscape fabric, spent hours pulling them out of my garden beds, doused them with hot water, and even anointed them with vinegar and oil. And still...
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Weeds The Gardener's Weed Book: Earth-Safe Controls , by Barbara Pleasant (Storey Publishing, 1996;...

Favorite or New Plant

Peony Peonies are among the easiest and most long-lived perennials to grow. With just minimal care they...
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Regional Reminders

  • Deadhead Flowering Bulbs
  • Prune Spring-Blooming Shrubs
  • Early Intervention Will Keep Weeds to a Minimum
  • Monitor Container Gardens
  • Control Fungus Gnats

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