Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

January, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Tacoma Home & Garden Show
Catch the gardening bug at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show, January 31 to February 3 at the Tacoma Dome. This show will feature products and services for interior design and decorating, home-improvement and renovation ideas, and yard and garden displays. It will also include continuous seminars and demonstrations on a broad spectrum of yard, garden, and landscaping topics. Visit the Web site (http://otshows.com/ots-shows-hg-tac.php) for hours, driving directions, and a listing of workshops and displays.

Clever Gardening Technique

Homemade Rooting Hormone
The twigs of willows (Salix spp.) contain a natural hormone that stimulates root growth. To make an organic rooting solution, snip willow branches into 1-inch lengths and split in half with a sharp knife. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, take it off the heat, and add the willow pieces. Steep overnight. Soak your cuttings in the solution for an hour or two before potting them up, and use the solution to moisten the growing medium.

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