New England

June, 2014
Regional Report

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Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management
Although Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management is geared to organic farmers, this publication from Cornell University includes valuable information for home gardeners as well. There's detailed information about pest control on a variety of food crops, as well as fact sheets on the various active ingredients in organic pesticides. In the Appendices section you'll find information on organic techniques, such as trap cropping and attracting beneficials -- including the latest research results.

Favorite or New Plant

Asiatic Lily
For spectacular bloom in early summer in a wide range of colors, plant hybrid Asiatic lilies. Perhaps the easiest of all the lilies to grow, these hardy (to zone 3), 2-4 foot tall plants are crowned with clusters of large, up-facing, but, alas, not fragrant flowers. Plant in groups of at least three bulbs spaced about 12 inches apart for the best display. Choose a spot in full sun with well-drained soil. Bright orange 'Enchantment' is a long time favorite. For cut flowers without the worry of staining lily pollen, grow bright yellow 'Yellow Cocotte'.

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