Lower South

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


Bay Laurel

When I come across a plant that is both ornamental and edible, it will soon find a place in my landscape. Bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) is one of those plants. This noble herb has a rich history and reached mythological status with the ancient Greeks...
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Web Finds

Growing Herbs in the Home Garden The West Virginia Extension Service has a wonderful resource on herbs online called Growing...

Favorite or New Plant

Hardy Amaryllis While there are certainly more spectacular amaryllis cultivars when it comes to bloom size and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Thin Fruit Tree Crops
  • Shear Evergreen Hedges
  • Control Harlequin Bugs
  • Plant Colorful Containers
  • Watch for Squash Vine Borers

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