Pacific Northwest

June, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Hosta of the Year

National News

American Hosta Growers Association has selected ‘Earth Angel’ as the Hosta of the Year for 2009. ‘Earth Angel’ is one of the largest variegated hosta varieties available. Hardy in USDA zones 2 to...

New Kitchen Scrap Composter

Composting kitchen scraps is a great way to reduce landfill waste and create organic matter for your garden. But what if you don’t have room, or the desire, to create an outdoor composting system?...

Reduce Dandelions in Lawns with Leaf Mulch

Dandelions are the scourge of many gardeners. Other than using harmful herbicides, the only sure fire way to eliminate them from lawns is to hand weed. However, recent research at Michigan State...

Updated Drip Irrigation Book

Water conservation is a big issue in many communities across the country. One way to water your plants without wasting this precious resource is to use drip irrigation. If drip irrigation seems...

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In the Garden


Treasured Plants with Histories of Their Own

I have a perennial bed in the corner of the yard which never ceases to delight me. Of all the beds in my landscape, this one gets the least amount of care, but it always seems to capture my attention with an ever changing display of color. The colors...
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Web Finds

Biological Controls Biological Controls is a very useful guide to beneficial insects and biocontrols from Cornell...


Bugs of Washington and Oregon Bug enthusiasts and amateur entomologists will appreciate this field guide from The Discovery...
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Regional Reminders

  • Thin Seedlings
  • Turn the Compost Pile
  • Harvest Peas
  • Lightly Prune Trees
  • Thin Apples

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