New England

March, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Perennial Plant of the Year

National News

Each year the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) chooses an easily grown, widely adapted perennial with multi-season interest as its Perennial Plant of the Year. Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack...

Casting Votes, Saving Rivers

River Network is an organization devoted to saving one of the earth's most precious resources -- fresh water. Population growth, climate change, stormwater-caused pollution, and wetland...

Overfed and Undernourished

Here's an alarming statistic. According to a nationwide dietary survey conducted by researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, ″For...

Fighting Plant Viruses with Biomarkers

When you have a pest or disease outbreak in your garden, it may feel like the insects or microorganisms have the upper hand. But scientists are working hard to fight back in ways that are...

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In the Garden


Made in China

Sometimes it seems that everything is made in China these days. I had to chuckle last summer when I noticed that the seeds of my 'Fourth of July' tomatoes (so named because they are an early-ripening variety, but patriotic sounding nonetheless) were...
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Favorite or New Plant

'Fat Albert' Blue Spruce One of the most common landscaping mistakes I see is a full-size spruce tree planted in an...


The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener I know we're all waiting for spring, but with Niki Jabbour's book The Year-Round Vegetable...
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Regional Reminders

  • Let Garden Soil Dry Out
  • Start Vegetable Seeds
  • Harden Off Seedlings
  • Pull Back Mulch Gradually
  • Prune Summer-Blooming Shrubs

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