Ask Your County Agent
Planning on starting a new garden but don't know where to begin? Need a list of vegetables that do well in your area? Looking for help identifying a bug or plant problem? Your county or parish extension office is a free source of information and assistance. You can find your local office in the phone directory or visit this Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service Web page for a national map of state research and extension partners. Click on your state and then click on the link to the extension service. Most will provide further links to each county office, and most also offer helpful online publications.
Favorite or New Plant
Texture is as important as color in providing the basis for attractive garden plantings. Yarrow provides both. It forms an attractive ground cover of fern-like green foliage. Umbrella-shaped clusters of blooms adorn the plants in shades of white, yellow, dark pink, or lavender. Moonshine is a beautiful variety with sulfur yellow blooms and silvery gray foliage. Provide yarrow with lots of sunlight and good drainage. While it prefers moderate amounts of water and fertilizer, it will tolerate periods of stress quite well. The blooms are a source of nectar for several types of beneficial insects.