Mid-Atlantic

March, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Non-Invasive Spirea

National News

Japanese spirea ( Spiraea japonica ) is an attractive and widely used landscape shrub. But like some other garden staples such as barberry, burning bush and Norway maple, it can be invasive in...

Color in the Vegetable Garden

Planting flowers in among your vegetables certainly adds color to the food garden, but it’s not the only way to liven things up. Why not try planting some colorful vegetables to delight the eye as...

Trouble-free Zinnias

Most gardeners love zinnias, with their bright blossoms in all the colors of the rainbow, save blue. There are tall- and short-growing varieties, ones with single or double blossoms- some are even...

‘Prairie Dream’ Paper Birch

With its white, peeling bark and graceful form, the paper birch is one of the most striking additions to the garden. Unfortunately, in landscape settings it is often short-lived and prone to...

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In the Garden

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Sowing My Own

" Tithonia , please," emails a garden client every March. This bright orange Mexican sunflower is Lucy's favorite. Tithonia rotundifolia is tops on my list too. When I was only able to do container gardening, one seed in a large pot in the sun...
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Resources

Web Finds

Smithsonian Institute's Secrets of Soil What's the difference between "rotten rock" and "parent rock"? (shhh ... I didn't even know there...

Clever Gardening Technique

Build a PVC Grow Light Frame Building a grow light frame using PVC pipe is within most people's budget. You'll still have to...
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Regional Reminders

  • Protect Early Annuals From Frost
  • Plant Primroses and Flowering Bulbs Outdoors In Warm Weather
  • Prune and Fertilize Roses
  • Fertilize Spring-Flowering Bulbs
  • Trim Your Lilyturf

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