Pacific Northwest

November, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Hawaiian Taro Plants

National News

The hot summer weather may be long gone, but fall is a good time of year to reflect on what grew well and plan for next spring. Colocassia, or taro, is a tropical plant that has huge leaves and...

Deep Composting

Composting is a great fall activity. Instead of shipping your leaves, grass clippings, and old annual plants to the landfill, they can be used to make a rich soil amendment for your garden. Most...

Creating a Nation of Farmers

It is well-known that there are serious problems with our food system. It’s heavily dependent on fossil fuels, making it vulnerable to rising gas and oil prices. It contributes to pollution and...

Stop Cats from Catching Birds

Cats are cute and cuddly, but they still are felines. Their instincts are to hunt. Many cat owners are horrified to find their cat stalking and killing birds, especially those at the bird feeder....

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In the Garden


Time to Dig Those Dahlia Tubers

I never met a dahlia I didn't like. They come in all sizes, from miniature plants that look great in borders or containers, to almost bush-like giants, perfect for focal points or as background plants. They come in a wide variety of blossom shapes and...
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Quirky Gardeners Garden Lunacy: A Growing Concern , by Art Wolk (AAB Book Publishing, 2005; $26.95), is a must...

Favorite or New Plant

Ornamental Kale Flowering kale, sometimes called ornamental cabbage, is an annual well worth growing in the fall...
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Regional Reminders

  • Recycle Fallen Leaves
  • Wrap Tree Trunks
  • Search for that Perfect Poinsettia
  • Leave Healthy Foliage Alone
  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts

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