Pacific Northwest

July, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Nutrient Value of Organic Eggplant

National News

Many proponents of organic gardening have long maintained that not only are organic methods better for the soil, the environment and the safety of gardeners, but they produce nutritionally...

Fresh Plants for Southern Gardeners

Gardeners in northern parts of the country may be harvesting tomatoes and peppers, but if they are thinking about planting, they are considering quick growing, cool season crops like spinach,...

Pest Resistance in Elms

Just about everyone is familiar with the devastating effect Dutch elm disease (DED) has had on populations of American elm. Much research has gone into developing trees resistant to this disease....

Ask the Expert at the USDA

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a new, on-line, on-demand knowledge database, called 'Ask the Expert'. This new service connects with existing UDSA knowledge systems, so...

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In the Garden


Time to Deadhead

When you think of pruning, you probably think of woody plants, but pruning also benefits herbaceous annuals and perennials. When you cut back leggy plants, deadhead spent flowers, pinch stems, or disbud, you are actually pruning. Trimming or pruning...
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Learn About Insects! The video MicroCosmos (Miramax Films, 1996; $14.95) captures the details and awesome diversity...

Favorite or New Plant

Clary Sage Both big and different, clary sage ( Salvia sclarea ) is a difficult plant to describe. This...
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Regional Reminders

  • Divide Early-Season Perennials
  • Water Container Plants
  • Pinch Back Herbs
  • Prevent Corn Earworms
  • Take Geranium Cuttings

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