New England

March, 2014
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Weeping Alaska Cedar
For an elegant, evergreen focal point in your landscape, plant a weeping Alaskan cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula'). Its branches with their pendant sprays of deep green foliage droop gracefully, enhancing the overall sculptural effect of the tree's irregular silhouette. This cultivar grows slowly to 15-25 tall and 6-10 feet wide, making it a good choice for smaller gardens. Hardy to Zone 4, weeping Alaskan cedar does best in full sun, and deep, moist, well-drained soil.

Clever Gardening Technique

Pre-Germinate Your Peas
Peas grow well when the weather is cool, but seeds planted in cold, wet soil sometimes rot before they germinate. To get your peas off to a reliable early start, pre-germinate your pea seeds indoors. Place the seeds between moist paper towels enclosed in a plastic bag or container and set in a dark spot at room temperature. Check after 24 hours. Once you see tiny roots beginning to emerge from the seeds, they are ready to go in the ground. Handle them carefully so you don't snap off the roots and don't let them dry out. Pre-germination usually takes just 1-3 days.

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