Pacific Northwest

August, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Putting Bees Out to Pasture

National News

We've all heard of putting the cows out to pasture, but how about bees? In an effort to encourage populations of native bees that can take on pollinating duties as the number of honeybees decline,...

Gardening for Monarch Butterflies

Soon millions of monarch butterflies will begin their annual journey, flying thousands of miles from eastern North America to overwintering sites high in the mountains of central Mexico. (Monarchs...

Save Energy with Solar Lights

One way to help save energy is to use solar fixtures for outdoor lighting. But in the past, many solar fixtures gave off such dim light that they were not very effective in the landscape. Now from...

Improve Your Gardening with a Coach

While reading about gardening is a great way to increase your knowledge, there is nothing like having an experienced gardener actually out in the garden with you, giving advice first-hand. Some...

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In the Garden

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Saving Seeds

Collecting and germinating seeds from your own garden is fun, and it's educational, too. With just a little effort you can increase your stock of favorite plants and even share the wealth with friends. The best part is that seedlings can be quite...
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Resources

Web Finds

The Pocket Gardener If you've often wished you had your reference books with you on a trip to the nursery, here's...

Favorite or New Plant

Snapdragons Snapdragons are easy to grow, either from seed or from young transplants. Spikes loaded with...
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Regional Reminders

  • Leach Salts from Containers
  • Avoid Pest Problems
  • Replace Spent Annuals
  • Water Regularly
  • Harvest Fruits

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