Pacific Northwest

March, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Late Blight Tolerant Cherry Tomato

National News

Late blight has been a scourge for many tomato growers in eastern parts of the country in the last couple of years. This disease, caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytopthora infestans can...

Potting Soil Safety

Most of the bacteria you might encounter in potting soil and compost is of the beneficial variety, part of a community of microorganisms that helps to make nutrients available to plants and...

The Year of the Zinnia

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2011 to be the Year of the Zinnia. These easy to grow annuals not only provide season-long color, but are available in such a wide range of colors, heights...

Grafting Tomatoes

We've all probably heard of grafting fruit trees and roses, but tomatoes? Grafted tomatoes are becoming popular because they allow fruiting varieties that may not exhibit good disease resistance...

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In the Garden


Pruning Hybrid Tea Roses

Of all my early spring pruning chores, rose pruning is my favorite. My efforts are always rewarded with beautiful flowers in the summertime, but I think what motivates me most to get outdoors when the weather is still chilly is the promise of spring....
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The Magic Land If you've always wanted to take a course in garden design but haven't gotten around to it, The...

Favorite or New Plant

Forest Pansy Redbud With heart-shaped, blood-red leaves and a graceful branch structure, 'Forest Pansy' redbud (...
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Regional Reminders

  • Brush Away Mulch
  • Cut Back Ornamental Grasses
  • Take Care of Indoor Seedlings
  • Monitor Houseplants
  • Plant Cool-season Crops

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