Mid-Atlantic

May, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Sweet Roses Make For Sweet Dreams

National News

Beautiful, fragrant roses make most people happy, and now research is suggesting that fragrant roses may also make our sleep happier by stimulating happy dreams. Researchers in Germany analyzed...

Grow Figs in a Pot

Fresh figs are a treat, especially if you eat them right off the tree. However, most varieties are only hardy to USDA zone 8 (although the roots of some varieties are hardy to USDA zone 6). In...

Birds Eat More Weed Seed in Organic Fields

It's thought that organic farms have lots of bird and wildlife activity because of the lack of harmful chemicals that are sprayed on the fields. Birds, in particular, are welcome because they are...

Vacation Plant Treatment to Resist Drought

Summer vacations are often a tough time on plants, and can be challenging for the gardener, too. You have to get a neighbor, friend, or relative to come in and water the plants or take a chance it...

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In the Garden

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Enjoy Imperfections

Have the bright pink, hot salmon, deep lavender, and rich scarlet azalea clouds been more dazzling this spring than in Mays past? Frequent rains are turning brown garden beds into lush, leafy, colorful mixed perennial and blooming shrub borders...
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Resources

Tool or Gardening Product

Folding Hand Cart Don't be fooled by this lightweight, low-profile Global Industrial Folding Hand Cart because the...

Favorite or New Plant

Spring Mix Greens A packet of spring mix greens/lettuces seems to me the best bargain around. So many edible...
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Regional Reminders

  • Let Virginia Bluebells Go to Seed
  • Clean the Gutters
  • Stop Larvae in Rainbarrels
  • Fluff Last Season%s Mulch
  • Prune or Pinch Back Phlox and Asters

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