Pacific Northwest

May, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

The Perils of Prenatal Pesticide Exposure

National News

More and more evidence is accumulating on the harmful effects of pesticides, herbicides, and other chemical hazards, especially on the health and development of our children. Three recently...

Don't Reach Back

Are you one of those shoppers who reach into the back recesses of the produce display hoping to find the freshest salad greens with the latest expiration date? Well, it turns out that grabbing...

Blueberries against Breast Cancer?

Can the fruits you eat while pregnant have a beneficial effect on your children years into their lives? That's the question that Rosalia Simmen and co-investigators at the Arkansas Children's...

Suburban Lead

Common wisdom had it that gardeners growing plants in urban areas are the ones who need to be worrying about high levels of lead and other heavy metals in their soils. But some recent research by...

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In the Garden


Ants Can Be Beneficial

Ants are some of nature's most proficient recyclers, removing plant debris, dead insects, and even certain fungal spores from plant leaves. Their tunneling mixes and aerates the soil, as well if not better than a population of earthworms. Many species...
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Common Weeds of the United States Common Weeds of the United States , by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Dover Publications,...

Favorite or New Plant

American Beautyberry A deciduous native shrub, American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) develops masses of...
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Regional Reminders

  • Use a Rain Gauge
  • Install Cages and Stakes
  • Fertilize Spring Bloomers
  • Plant Heat-Loving Veggies
  • Deadhead Rhodies and Azaleas

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