Lower South

January, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Gardening Made Easy with Seed Collections

National News

It's always lots of fun to browse through seed catalogs and peruse the racks of seeds at the garden store, marveling at the diversity and beauty of all the varied plants you can grow. But...

Please Don't Share the Daisies

We all know how important it is to wash out hands frequently to avoid sharing germs and spreading illnesses. But who would have guessed that bees might be at risk from germ sharing as they fly...

The Cat's Meow of Catmints

Catmints are longtime perennial favorites in the flower garden. Members of the genus Nepeta , they are dependable, long-blooming, and trouble-free, come in a range of sizes and colors, have...

A Rainbow of Color in the Vegetable Garden

With the increasing interest in edible landscaping and the "food, not lawns" approach to cultivation, gardeners want their food gardens not only to be a bountiful source of fresh produce but to...

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In the Garden

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Garden Recycling: Chips and Leaves to Potting Soil

There are many great ways to recycle and repurpose various items for use in the garden. I've mentioned the idea of making homemade paper pots for growing your own transplants. Another favorite of mine is recycling organic materials. I know most readers...
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Resources

Web Finds

How to Pasteurize Medium and Sterilize Containers and Tools This handy fact sheet from Penn State Cooperative Extension, Sterilizing , provides tips on...

Tool or Gardening Product

Misting Nozzle When starting new seeds it is often difficult to water them in without dislodging the seeds and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Start Vegetable Transplants for Spring Gardening
  • Plant Bare Root Roses
  • Stockpile Leaves for Composting and Mulching
  • Prune Deciduous Trees
  • Clean Up Ornamental Clumping Grasses

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