August, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

A Cold Shower for Hot Tomatoes

National News

We all know that tomato plants growing in the garden are heat-lovers. So it may come as a surprise to find that, for young plants, using cold irrigation water results in the sturdiest plants....

ADHD and Pesticide Exposure- A Possible Link

If you need a reason to consider "going organic" in the garden and at the supermarket, consider the findings of a study published recently in Pediatrics®, the official journal of the American...

Wave Good-bye to Wasps

Nothing can spoil a late summer picnic or barbecue faster than having to fend off hordes of wasps and yellowjackets. But hold that spray- wasps are also beneficial garden predators that feed on...

The Year of the Heirloom Apple

As apple harvest season approaches, take a moment to consider that 'Delicious' apples account for 41% of the apple crop in the U.S., and only 11 varieties comprise 90% of the apples sold in chain...

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In the Garden


Zowie Zinnias!

The mounds of festive, deep, rich colors- orange, magenta, yellow, pink, gold, salmon, chartreuse- are exquisite, reminiscent of botanical paintings by the Old Dutch masters. Clustered in a rainbow bouquet, a dozen or more flowers comprise a...
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Web Finds

Insect Repellents: Use and Effectiveness Unfortunately, these days insect bites can be more than an itchy annoyance. Mosquitoes and ticks...

Tool or Gardening Product

The Bug Blaster Mites invaded the garden phlox big time this July. At first we tried knocking off the critters by...
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Regional Reminders

  • Divide Crowded Peonies and Bearded Irises
  • Cut Back Some Leggy Aster and Mum Stems
  • Keep Picking Fresh Veggies
  • Enjoy the Bounty; Share Meals with Neighbors
  • Water With a Boost of Kelp

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