Pacific Northwest

December, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Award-Winning Snapdragon

National News

Annual snapdragons love cool weather and look great in beds, borders, and containers. The classic snapdragon varieties have colorful, jointed flowers that “talk” when squeezed (they open and close...

Shrub Dogwood Trial at Longwood Gardens

Shrub dogwoods ( Cornus species) have become very popular in recent years for their low maintenance and attractive, four-season appeal. Popular in commercial and residential landscapes, many...

Pesticide Residue in Produce from Around the World

Many gardeners have turned to growing their own vegetables and fruits and buying organic foods to avoid excessive pesticide residues on their foods. The produce in our supermarkets now comes from...

New Housefly Trap

There is nothing worse than having houseflies buzz against your windows in winter. The incessant buzzing sound is enough to drive you mad. Well, maybe they aren’t that bad, but if houseflies are a...

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In the Garden

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Growing Scrumptious Apples

Our apple crop was sparse this year, but the apples are first class. Not a single trace of apple scab disease and no worms. I'd like to take credit for keeping apple maggots away, but the fact of the matter is, they have yet to discover our trees. I...
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Resources

Books

Trees and Shrubs Simplified Trees and Shrubs for Dummies , by Ann Whitman (IDG Books, 2000; $17), is a concise, sometimes...

Favorite or New Plant

Autumn Crocus Colchicum autumnale , better known as autumn crocus, is one of the plants I love this time of...
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Regional Reminders

  • Mulch Strawberry Plants
  • Prune Hydrangeas
  • Harvest Winter Squash
  • Clean Garden Tools
  • Ripen Tomatoes Indoors

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