Pacific Northwest

September, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Selecting the Best Roses

National News

Part of the mission of the American Rose Society (ARS) is the evaluation of newly-released roses. After three years of assessment, each rose is assigned a rating that is included in their annually...

Avoiding the Mummy's Curse

Blueberries are a popular fruit for home gardeners. They are generally easy to grow and the berries are delicious and highly nutritious. But sometimes the mature berries shrivel up, turning gray...

Don't Baby Your Basil

Most gardeners know that many perennial herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage are most flavorful when grown in lean soil without a lot of fertility. But more fertile soil has often been...

Leaf Collection Made Easy

Soon gardeners in many parts of the country will begin that traditional fall chore- raking up leaves. While a few leaves can just be mown over to return organic matter to the soil, large amounts...

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In the Garden

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Transition Time for Houseplants

My houseplants appreciate spending the summer outdoors. They respond by producing healthy new leaves, and some of them even flower. And who can blame them? Outdoors they get fresh air, bright light and lots of elbow room. But now in September, the...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Fall-Blooming Saffron Crocus I think fall-blooming saffron crocus ( Crocus sativus ) is eye-catching when scattered throughout...

Clever Gardening Technique

Homemade Seed Desiccant Packets of seeds can be saved for next year if they are stored properly. The secret is to keep...
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Regional Reminders

  • Dropping Evergreen Needles
  • Adding Autumn Color
  • Fall Pruning
  • Plant Green Manures
  • Harvest Onions

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