New England

July, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Hybrid Rudbeckia

National News

Rudbeckias, also known as black-eyed Susans, are great for brightening up gardens with their yellow blooms. In recent years breeders have developed several new varieties of both annual and...

Produce More Raspberries in Cool Climates

It’s raspberry season in many parts of the country. If you love red raspberries and want to get an even bigger crop, consider using a technique developed by researchers in Norway. They grew two...

Return of American Chestnut Can Help Reduce Global Warming

American chestnuts ( Castanea dentate ) were prized trees in North American forests until blight wiped them out in the last century. Researchers have been trying to breed a disease-resistant...

Revised Book on Deer-Proof Gardens

Deer are capable of decimating a garden overnight and are the bane of many gardeners’ existence. There are countless books, articles, Web sites, and products available to help control this pest....

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In the Garden

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It's Not Too Early for Late Blight on Tomatoes

If your tomatoes are struggling this year, you're not alone. Late blight, the disease that caused the Irish potato famine in the mid-1800s, is affecting tomato plants across the Northeast. The late blight fungus, Phytophthora infestans , isn't uncommon...
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Resources

Web Finds

Plant Disease Diagnostics Do you need help diagnosing plant problems? Visit the University of Minnesota Extension's Plant...

Books

Identifying and Managing Garden Pests Three of my favorite books for identifying and managing garden pests are all by Barbara Pleasant:...
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Regional Reminders

  • Protect Blueberries
  • Think Fall
  • Rejuvenate Dry Container Gardens
  • Harvest and Freeze Berries
  • Save Seeds

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