February, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Half a Plate of Produce

National News

"Make half the food on your plate fruits and vegetables." Following this tip is an easy way to bring your diet in line with the USDA's recently released Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 ....

Killing Weeds Organically

Many gardeners prefer to steer clear of chemical herbicides, yet are looking for ways to make weed control easier. There are a number of organic herbicide products on the market these days. Are...

Vulnerable Viburnums

In the early 1990s, a previously unknown fungus-like organism called Phytopthora ramorum was discovered infecting rhododendrons and viburnums in parts of Europe. Then this same organism was...

Get Ready for Hijinks this Halloween

Halloween, that holiday of tricks and treats, may seem a long way away as winter cold and snow still covers much of country. But it's not too early to be planning your hijinks -- in the form of...

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In the Garden


From Catalog to Seed to Salad (and Flowers)

Looking for brilliant orange Mexican sunflower (tithonia) that Lucy likes, I'm waylaid by the nasturtiums. Victorian 'Empress of India' with long-spurred crimson flowers and blue-green foliage is a handsome, front-of-the border, hummingbird magnet. Will...
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Web Finds

Freeze and Frost Data by State The U. S. Dept. of Commerce's National Climatic Data Center has taken (most of) the guess...


Merry Hall Love of gardens, gardening, and caricatures are author Beverley Nichols' forte. Merry Hall is...
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Regional Reminders

  • Mow Warm-Season Meadows
  • Tune Up Pruning Tools
  • Talk with Your Family about the Vegetable Garden
  • Give a Rose or Tree for Valentine's Day
  • Repot Rootbound Houseplants

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