Pacific Northwest

February, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Spooky New Peppers

National News

Halloween can come early to your garden this year. The Agricultural Research Service of the USDA has developed two new hot pepper cultivars that will add an eerie note to your vegetable or...

More Garden Darkness

Black leaves aren’t the only means of bringing a dusky note into your garden. Some plants have flowers of such a deep color as to appear almost black. One such beauty is the Black Lenten Rose (...

Helping Our Native Pollinators

By now, most of us have heard of the threat to honeybees from colony collapse disorder, a mysterious ailment that can decimate entire hives, and the concern over the impact of this decline on our...

Ocean, Lake and River Friendly Gardening

Ever stop to wonder where all the excess fertilizers and pesticides used on lawns and gardens end up? A lot of it makes its way to nearby waterways, causing pollution and algal blooms that deplete...

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In the Garden

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Roses, Roses, Roses

Bare-root roses are available in garden centers now, and the selection is mind-boggling. Frequently called the queen of flowers, roses have played a starring role in my garden for decades. In my opinion, no other plant could possibly compete with the...
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Resources

Books

Taylor's Guide to Roses Taylor's Guide to Roses (Houghton Mifflin, 2002; $23) is one of my favorite reference books. It...

Clever Gardening Technique

Sticky Traps for Indoor Pests If you and your plants are bothered by the hordes of tiny, flying black gnats that hang around...
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Regional Reminders

  • Caring for Indoor Geraniums
  • Dealing with Precocious Bulbs
  • Avoid Critter Damage
  • Propagate Houseplants
  • Start Tomato Seeds Indoors

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