Pacific Northwest

September, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Song Bird Kale

National News

Ornamental kale is one of the best plants for adding long-lasting and easy-care color to the fall garden. These sturdy plants keep their good looks long after frost has finished off many autumn...

Downy Mildew of Impatiens

One of the standbys of the shade garden, impatiens has in the past been a pretty trouble-free plant in most situations. Unfortunately, a new disease has arrived on the scene that threatens...

Hardy Geraniums for Fall Color

When it comes to fall foliage colors, we usually think first of trees and shrubs. From the flaming reds, yellows, and oranges of maples to the rich red of chokeberry and the bright yellow of the...

Safe Tomato Canning

As summer winds down, many gardeners are saving the bounty of their vegetable gardens by canning tomatoes. And many of them are using the water bath canning method to process their jars. Water...

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In the Garden


Help for Summer-Stressed Lawns

Our summer weather was slow to arrive, but when it did, it really made its presence known! Many areas of our landscape suffered from the hot sunshine and lack of rainfall, but the damage is especially noticeable all over our once emerald-green...
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Container Gardening Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins' book Continuous Container Gardens: Swap in the Plants of...

Clever Gardening Technique

Keeping Ants Out of Fruit Trees I've discovered a new use for Contac paper. I cut 6-inch strips of the adhesive shelving paper to...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Pansies
  • Divide Perennials
  • Coax Poinsettias into Bloom
  • Move Houseplants Indoors
  • Cover Compost

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