Pacific Northwest

August, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Safe Food Preservation

National News

Are you still putting up pickles the way your Aunt Agatha always did? Do you can your beans and tomatoes the way your mother showed you years ago? Although these passed-down recipes and techniques...

Cast Your Vote

Would you like to help pick this year's American Garden Award (AGA) winner and learn about some exciting new plants at the same time? The AGA, administered by the All-America...

Garden to Plate Safety

Handling fruits and vegetables safely doesn't just apply to preservation methods. It starts right when we harvest our fresh produce. Keeping food safe from garden to plate is especially important...

Love Em and Leave Em

It won't be too much longer before leaves begin to change color and fall in many parts of the country. Unfortunately, all that organic matter falling to earth is too often raked up and discarded,...

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In the Garden


Pieris: A Utility Player on My Team

A few years ago I was on a quest to find the perfect shrub for a background planting. I wanted a low-maintenance evergreen with seasonal interest that would be equally happy in sun or shade. As I scoured local nurseries for just the right plant, I kept...
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Seasonal Bouquets Seattle area garden columnist Valerie Easton is an enthusiastic supporter of creating seasonal...

Favorite or New Plant

'Crimson Cloud' Hawthorn 'Crimson Cloud' hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) is a perfect contender if you're looking for a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch for Spider Mites
  • Carefully Monitor Container-Grown Plants
  • Clean Up Garden Debris
  • Water in the Morning
  • Raise your Lawn Mower Blade

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