Pacific Northwest

August, 2014
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Tree Check Month for Asian Longhorn Beetles

National News

The Asian longhorn beetle (ALB) is one of the biggest threats to trees in this country. This invasive insect, first discovered in the U.S. in 1996, arrived accidentally from Asia in wood cargo...

Award Winning Veggies

All-America Selections recently announced six 2015 Vegetable Award winners, including Regional and National winners. Three are varieties that will make great fall gardening choices for gardeners...

Busy Bees

Want to know what it's really like to be busy as a bee? Tune into the live bee cam at the People's Garden Apiary located on the roof of the Jamie L. Whitten Building at USDA Headquarters in...

The Best Joe-Pye Weeds

One of the most stunning plants in a late season garden, Joe-Pye weed dazzles with large clusters of pink, purple, or white flowers on plants that can rise as high as 6 or even 8 feet tall. These...

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In the Garden

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Late Season Color in the Flower Garden

To keep your flower garden a constantly changing palette of color, plan ahead for blooms in all seasons. For continuous color, try to give spring-, summer-, and fall-blooming plants each about one-third of the total space, which will provide colorful...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Tuberous Begonias Everyone knows begonias -- those friendly little bedding plants found in so many shade gardens....

Clever Gardening Technique

Build a Wasp Trap Although wasps are beneficial in the garden, they can be real pests at picnics. Here's a wasp...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant More Veggies
  • Water Early
  • Prevent Cucumber Bitterness
  • Harvest Fruits
  • Leach Salts from Containers

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