Pacific Northwest

February, 2013
Regional Report

Books

Organic Market Gardening
If you've ever entertained the idea of taking your produce to market, The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener by Elliott Coleman is full of information on tillage, green manures, direct seeding, transplanting, harvest, and marketing your produce. This book is truly inspirational!

Favorite or New Plant

Winter Camellia
My favorite landscape plant this time of year is Camellia sasanqua. Blooms of deep to bright pink against dark, glossy green foliage from mid-December through February make this a standout in my garden.

Camellias originate from subtropical regions in China and Japan and are easily cultivated in open ground or in pots. They love warm, wet summers and moderately cold, dry winters. Cultural requirements for camellias are similar to those for rhododendron, azalea, and holly. They like acidic, well-draining soil, some afternoon sunshine, and a light application of fertilizer in early spring. Occasional pruning will keep the shrubs in shape. Camellia cultivars usually set five to seven flower buds on each terminal shoot. Disbudding (removing all except one or two buds) will help the remaining buds develop into larger, longer-lasting flowers.

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