New England

July, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Compact Obedient Plant

National News

Obedient plant ( Physostegia ) is a widely adapted perennial flower that is so-named, not for its compact and controllable growth habit, but for the way the flowers can be bent into a desired...

On-Line Fruit Encyclopedia

If you’re a fruit nut, here’s a Web site for you. is an on-going encyclopedia of edible fruits of the world that lists almost 300 different fruits from around the world. Developed...

The Soil Sifter

Many garden plants love a loose, fertile topsoil for growing. This is especially true of fine-rooted plants. However, unless you’re willing to buy bagged topsoil or compost or have someone screen...

Keeping Kudzu Under Control

It’s considered the scourge of the South. Kudzu is a perennial, vining weed that has taken over thousands of acres of land in the Southeast. It spreads at a rate of 150,000 acres a year and, with...

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In the Garden


Stalking the Wild... Parsnip?

Because I'm growing flowers for a friend's wedding in September, I'm on the lookout for wildflowers along the side of the road and in fields... Just in case my zinnias succumb to powdery mildew or we get another hailstorm that flattens the cosmos. I...
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Web Finds

Resources on Wild Parsnip Here are some Web sites for more information on identifying and controlling wild parsnip:...

Clever Gardening Technique

Hand-Pick Japanese Beetles in Cool Temperatures Adult Japanese beetles are sluggish in the cool, early-morning hours and only become active as...
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Regional Reminders

  • Stop Pruning Roses
  • Plan for Vacation
  • Tending Plants in Rainy Weather
  • Collect Seeds
  • Cut Back for Rebloom

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