Pacific Northwest

April, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Self-Reliant Roses

National News

The rose may be the queen of flowers, but many of the roses grown in gardens today will only look regal when given a toxic regimen of pesticides to ward off disease and insects, along with lots of...

Here Comes the Sun

Annual sunflowers are among the most gratifying plants to grow. Simply stick a few seeds in the ground after the soil has warmed up, and before you know it, the plants are up and racing skyward to...

Get Help Solving Plant Problems

What's wrong with my plant? Is this plant a weed? What insect is this? Are these questions you've asked yourself but been unsure how to answer? The folks at the University of Minnesota Extension...

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Broccoli

Former President George H. W. Bush famously remarked, "I do not like broccoli." Perhaps he'd have liked it more if he ate it sprinkled with sugar. While a spoonful of sugar might help the broccoli...

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In the Garden


Breathing New Life into Lawns

That soothing patch of lush, green lawn I see when I step outdoors onto my patio is admittedly the most labor-intensive part of my landscape, but one I especially enjoy and appreciate. Over the years I've whittled down the size of my lawn, but it's...
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African Violets The African Violet Handbook , by Tony Clements (David and Charles Publishers, 2003; $19.99),...

Favorite or New Plant

Cosmos I can't think of an annual plant as colorful and easy to grow as cosmos. I love the fern-like...
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Regional Reminders

  • Feed Roses
  • Pinch Mums
  • Move Houseplants Outdoors
  • Use Compost
  • Plant Flowers for Dried Arrangements

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