August, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Colorful Toad Lily

National News

Toad lilies ( Tricyrtis formosana ) are moisture-loving, shade tolerant perennials that are hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8. They flower in late summer and early fall, offering color and interest in the...

San Francisco Becomes More Food Sustainable

Creating a healthy, sustainable food system is on many people's minds these days. Books, articles, and documentaries highlight pockets of successful programs across the country. Now, one city is...

National Indoor Gardening Day

While many gardeners in the country are enjoying the fruits of their summer labors, some forward-looking folks are focusing on a time of year when, for most of us, our gardening will be limited to...

What’s Woolch Mulch?

While in England this past summer, I noticed gardeners using wool around plants that slugs love. It appears the wool deters the slugs and snails from eating the foliage. Well, here’s a new idea...

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In the Garden


Wag More, Bark Less

The circular blue sticker on the car's back window caught my attention for its simplicity. "Wag More, Bark Less." Pollyannaish? Perhaps. But life's short. And as a neighbor on Johnson Street said recently, "Why let good music go to waste? Let's dance."...
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Web Finds

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation If your heart flutters at the thought of being in a room with Carl Linneaus' Genera Plantarum...


Orion Magazine: Nature/Culture/Place In an effort to de-clutter, I've been sorting and tossing. That includes unread magazines...
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Regional Reminders

  • Look Out for Late Blight
  • Order Spring- and Summer-Blooming Bulbs Now
  • Plan a Leaf Pile
  • Plant More Crucifers
  • Empty Water Barrels

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