May, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Grow Fruit Naturally

National News

If you are home gardener growing or thinking about growing fruit, you might fantasize about having an expert like horticulturist and garden writer Lee Reich out in your garden with you, dispensing...

Summer Jewels

Annual salvias are real troupers in the garden. No prima donnas, they are tolerant of dry soil, and boom prolifically in full sun. One of the best is Salvia 'Summer Jewel Pink', a 2012 All-America...

The Value of Bees

All gardeners know that bees are valuable creatures without which many of the food plants we depend on would not bear fruit or seeds. But do you know just how valuable they are? According to a...

Plants and Noise Pollution

Well, corn may have ears, but we know it can't hear! So it seems on the surface that noise in the environment should have little effect on plants. But a recent study done around noisy gas wells in...

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In the Garden


Abracadabra! Disappearing Landscape Eyesores!

HVAC units are standard outside most homes and office buildings. They provide heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to make people indoors comfortable. The outdoor equipment is often an eyesore that homeowners try to hide with boxwood or yews....
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Web Finds

Live! Great Blue Heron Nest at Cornell Lab of Ornithology Five nestlings were counted as hatched from April 27 to May 2. Last week around midnight, I...


The Heirloom Life Gardener Jere and Emilee Gettle's The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own...
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Regional Reminders

  • Feed Roses
  • Shear Off Dead Dianthus and Candytuft Flowers
  • Clip off Dead Iris Flowers and Fertilize
  • Sharpen Pruner, Lopper, and Shears Blades
  • Sterilize All Pruning Blades Between Uses

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