Pacific Northwest

July, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

A Pinch of Salt for Tasty Tomatoes?

National News

A tomato ripe from the garden needs little more than a sprinkling of salt to make it a mouthwatering treat. But could a pinch of salt while it's still in the ground make it even tastier?...

Getting the Lead Out

As interest in eating locally grown and organic foods increases, so does the number of urban food gardens. Whether in backyards or community garden plots, more and more urban residents are trying...

Ideal Inkberries

More and more gardeners are turning to native plants for their landscapes. One such choice is the adaptable inkberry ( Ilex glabra ), a broad-leafed holly with glossy, deep green leaves and white...

Finding Farmers Markets

We can all benefit from the taste and nutrition of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. But if you can't grow your own, or you don't have the space to grow all you need, a farmers market brimming...

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In the Garden


A Hoarder at Heart

I've already admitted that I'm an incurable plant collector; I also have a "no bare earth" policy in my garden. These traits have gotten me into trouble more times than I can count. Just when I think I can't possibly squeeze another plant into a flower...
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Favorite or New Plant

Bleeding Heart Old-fashioned bleeding heart ( Dicentra spectabilis ), is a must for the shade garden. It's a...

Clever Gardening Technique

Glove Care To clean your garden gloves after working in muddy soil, simply wash your hands with your gloves...
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Regional Reminders

  • Discourage Aphids
  • Water Thoroughly
  • Build a Flower Basket
  • Prevent Bitterness in Cucumbers
  • Keep Lawn Mower Blades Sharp

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