Coastal and Tropical South

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


Fall Favorites

We stay wary in our regions in September, the traditional height of the hurricane season. For a sense of constancy, turn to the garden for seasonal charms that defy fear. Survivors This year alone, perennials have been frozen with sleet and even...
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Web Finds

Florida-friendly gardening Whether it's a new bed that needs a full complement of native shrubs or a single replacement,...

Favorite or New Plant

Lemongrass Cymbogopon ciatrus or lemongrass is an essential to Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisine. Its...
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Regional Reminders

  • Tree changes
  • Rake and mulch
  • Weak trees and shrubs
  • Hibiscus maintenance
  • Salad strategy

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