Pacific Northwest

January, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Tomatoes Help You Stay Healthy

National News

We all know that a ripe tomato, picked fresh from the garden, is one of the tastiest treats around. But a new study bolsters the evidence that including tomatoes in your diet provides excellent...

Don't Eat Dropped Apples

If you grow apples in your home garden, you may be tempted to collect dropped apples to use for making applesauce, cider, or apple butter. But according to a news release from the University of...

But Do Eat Sound Apples!

An apple a day may indeed keep the doctor away! In an apple industry-funded study done recently at Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and published online in...

Reducing Food Waste

Last time you cleaned out the refrigerator, did a lot of stuff originally intended for your plate end up in the trash? If so, you're not alone. According to a study released in August 2012 by the...

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In the Garden


Debunking the Mysteries of Indoor Seed Starting

I think the more you read about starting seeds indoors, the more complex the advice becomes. That just doesn't seem right to me. Seed starting is really pretty simple. To germinate, seeds require water and a container full of potting soil. After the...
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Shows & Events

Northwest Flower and Garden Show It seems early to be talking about a February event, but this is THE event of the year for...


Dirt Cheap Gardening In her book The Dirt Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips For Saving Money, Time, and Resources...
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Regional Reminders

  • Gather Branches of Spring-Blooming Shrubs to Force Indoors
  • Apply Moss Control Products
  • Turn the Soil in Fallow Garden Beds
  • Keep Houseplant Leaves Clean
  • Remove Faded Flowers from Amaryllis

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