Your National Gardening Association weekly news for May 6, 2017


Victory Seed Co.

Are you growing vegetables this year? We recommend you check out the new varieties being offered by our friends at Victory Seed Company. They have many interesting (and reasonably priced) varieties you have probably never heard of before. This year, try a new tomato, pepper, or winter squash. You will be delighted to see the unusual new vegetables and you will enjoy growing historical heirlooms with links to our past. Visit their new varieties page to see pictures. Most seed packets are under $3.

Recently popular question and answer from our Q&A Archive: Encouraging Pachysandra to Spread
"I planted 3,500 Pachasandra plants under two 30 year old maples in my front yard. It had reached the point where it was impossible to grow grass under the trees. The plants have started to have new vertical growth during this current growing season. However, what I want to achieve is horizontal growth to fill in the area with a full bed of Pachasandra. A local landscaper told me that if I clipped the new growth that is occurring, I would cause the plant to spread horizontally. Is this true? Are there any negatives associated with this approach? Is Miracle-Gro a good growth food?" - Click to read the answer

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It’s Garden for Wildlife Month

"Attracting birds, butterflies and other wildlife is a wonderful way to make a difference right outside your door. It all starts with the things you plant."

Growing Citrus

"Most people don't realize just how large the citrus family is. What you see in the supermarket is only a small portion of what can be grown. Pummelos, blood oranges, limequats, and myriad mandarin varieties offer exciting new taste experiences and landscape possibilities."

Basil Varieties

"Common basil (Ocimum basilicum) includes a number of different basils most commonly used for cooking. Sweet basil Your basic basil, with large leaves and white flowers. The Genovese variety (names include Sweet Genovese and Genovese or Genova Profumitissima) is particularly nice, with a very pleasing flavor preferred for pestos. I've also found it a vigorous, luxuriant grower, slow to bolt."

Weeds- Nutsedge

"Nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus) is a perennial weed that usually appears in colonies. Common in moist soils throughout much of North America, nutsedge reproduces by shedding seeds and by developing nut-like edible "chufas" on its root tips."

Avoiding and Solving Common Bulb Problems

"No wonder bulbs are so popular in the garden -- they return year after year and are among the most carefree garden plants. To ensure repeat appearances, choose healthy bulbs and plant them correctly."

Corn Earworm

"This pest is common throughout North America. The adult is an inch long, tan moth. In spring, yellow eggs are laid on leaf undersides.The caterpillar larva has alternating light and dark stripes that may be green, pink,"

Mulching Tomatoes

"Mulch is simply a covering over the soil that keeps moisture in, blocks weeds and protects low-growing tomatoes from resting on the ground and developing rot. There's some extra benefit to using organic mulches such as grass clippings, hay, leaves or sawdust because these materials -- unlike plastic, aluminum or other synthetic mulches -- decompose, providing food for the millions of microorganisms that live in the soil, making nutrients available to your plants and improving soil structure."

We have a new episode of our podcast!:

All Things Plants Podcast #108: Plants of the Smoky Mountains

We recently took a trip to East Tennessee to visit the Smoky Mountains National Park, and in this podcast we will discuss our thoughts about the plants that grow in the Appalachian Mountains. (77 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Air Plant (Tillandsia tectorum)
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Photo of Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Vlastelin Kolets')
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Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Merchant Marine')
By UndertheSun:

Photo of Peony (Paeonia 'Meadow Lark')
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Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Royal Sunset')
By Calif_Sue:

Photo of Tulip (Tulipa 'Vincent Van Gogh')
By cliftoncat:

Photo of Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Gamma')
By gg5:

Photo of Maltese Cross (Silene chalcedonica)
By DianeSeeds:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Black Sheep')
By GaNinFl:

Photo of Orchid (Vanda Pachara Delight)
By plantladylin:

The most popular Landscape Photos from last week:

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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

3 people gave for post #1432193 in "Hello and Introduction from a hopefully soon to be former 'lurker'" by ZenAndCoffee

3 people gave for post #1433637 in "Banner for May 5, 2017 by dirtdorphins" by dirtdorphins

3 people gave for post #1432449 in "Banner for May 4, 2017 by Ursula" by Ursula

3 people gave for post #1428426 in "Mindless chatter" by Henhouse

3 people gave for a photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Merchant Marine') by UndertheSun

3 people gave for post #1430461 in "Visit to Superstition Gardens" by AndreaD

3 people gave for post #1429423 in "Banner for May 1, 2017 by mcash70" by mcash70

2 people gave for a photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Catwalk Queen') by janwax

2 people gave for post #1433219 in "Carolina Iris season 2017 - Let the blooms begin!" by UndertheSun

2 people gave for a photo of Hellebore (Helleborus 'Double Slate') by Whitebeard

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Hanover 2017 Iris ParadeMisawa77Irises forum102
May 2017 Seedling Bloomsspunky1Daylilies forum54
May 2017 BloomsSeedforkDaylilies forum51
Iris germanicaRik94Irises forum44
Kentucky ShowtimejanielouyIrises forum33
Bird Photos, May 2017krobraGardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum32
✺✺ May 2017 Bloom and Chat ✺✺Calif_SueRoses forum30
Jan's Rustic GardenjanwaxIrises forum30
Share your store bought decorationskrobraGarden Art forum26

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