New England

February, 2013
Regional Report

Books

Houseplants
For comprehensive advice on choosing, growing -- and not killing! -- houseplants, check out The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual by Barbara Pleasant (Storey Publishing, 2005). The beautiful photographs will inspire your indoor green thumb, while the information on more than 160 blooming and foliage houseplants, along with general information on care, propagation, and dealing with problems, will help you keep your indoor garden thriving. Pleasant is an experienced gardener and writer, so her information is both accurate and clearly presented.

Favorite or New Plant

Late Blight Resistant Tomatoes
If late blight has devastated your tomato patch in past seasons, you'll be happy to learn that breeders have developed some new varieties that show resistance to this scourge. 'Defiant PHR' is a determinate variety that produces mid-sized, 6-8 ounce slicers with good flavor and texture. It shows a high degree of resistance to late blight, as well as moderate resistance to early blight. 'Jasper' is an indeterminate red cherry tomato with a sweet, rich flavor and intermediate resistance to late blight, along with a number of other tomato diseases. Both these varieties are available from Johnny's Selected Seeds (www.johnnyseeds.com).

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