Your National Gardening Association weekly news for June 3, 2017


Recently popular question and answer from our Q&A Archive: Night Blooming Plants
"What are the plants that you can enjoy when the sun goes down? I am living in northern New Jersey and read an article that talked about night time blooms and very fragrent herbs or me!!!!! Long summer nights are coming." - Click to read the answer

Articles you may enjoy:

Planting Raspberries

"Raspberries thrive in well-worked, well-fed, slightly acid soil (pH 5.5 to 6.8). Like most fruits, they crave sunlight and plenty of moisture, but adequate drainage is critical. Take the time to eliminate perennial weeds as much as possible, either by repeated tilling or by planting a cover crop a year in advance. Be sure to mix in some 10-10-10 "

Growing Marjoram

"Shakespeare knew his herbs, and characterized them in his work. In All's Well that Ends Well, someone gives a compliment, describing another as, "the sweet marjoram of the salad, or rather the herb of grace.""

Weeds- Horsetail

"Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) has been around since dinosaur days. It is a common perennial weed in the northern half of North America, especially in moist soils. Upright stems with cone-like tips bear spores, but horsetail owes its staying power to spreading roots."

Garden Box DIY Projects

"Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb, a seasonal hobbyist, or a newbie thinking about growing your own tomatoes, spring garden season is here. It’s time to get planting. You don’t even have to get your knees dirty! Garden boxes allow you to garden almost anywhere, on your own terms. With some simple materials and a little elbow grease, you can construct your own."

Pest Control- The Cucumber Beetle

"There are two forms of cucumber beetle -- one striped and the other sporting a dozen black spots. Cucumber beetles are pests of far more plants than their name indicates. In addition to cucumbers and their relatives (squashes, gourds, and melons), these beetles are known to feed on beans, peas, corn and blossoms of several wild and cultivated plants. The spotted cucumber beetle feeds on an even wider array of cultivated plants, adding potatoes, beets, tomatoes, eggplants, and cabbage to its menu. The larva of the spotted cucumber beetle is also known as the southern corn rootworm. In addition to corn roots, it infests peanuts, small grains and many wild grasses. You may find them feasting on your roses and dahlias, as well."

Understanding Corn Genetics

"Corn's unique reproductive process has made it a plant breeder's dream. Ever since the theories of heredity put forth by such men as Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin were recognized in the late 1800s, corn has been continually bred and recrossed to create new varieties."

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Veilchenblau')
By zuzu:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Freisinger Morgenrote')
By Calif_Sue:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Merchant Marine')
By lharvey16:

Photo of Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Langport Storm')
By IrisLilli:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Bumble Bee Glee')
By kidfishing:

Photo of Dragon Arum (Dracunculus vulgaris)
By plantcollector:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Fugitive')
By mom2cjemma:

Photo of Cistus x purpureus
By RuuddeBlock:

Photo of Hollyhock (Alcea rosea 'Creme De Cassis')
By Amazindirt:

Photo of Itoh Peony (Paeonia 'Morning Lilac')
By treehugger:

The most popular Landscape Photos from last week:

Click an image to view the names of the plants in each photo.

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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

11 people gave for post #1455426 in "Banner for May 27, 2017 by GoatDriver" by GoatDriver

5 people gave for post #1456591 in "Introducing myself & my garden." by LoveIrisAmi

5 people gave for a photo of Rose (Rosa 'Veilchenblau') by zuzu

4 people gave for post #1458522 in "Banner for May 30, 2017 by Lestv" by Lestv

4 people gave for post #1459860 in "Iris Time in PA" by Snork

4 people gave for post #1457447 in "May 2017 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" by evermorelawnless

4 people gave for post #1461835 in "Banner for June 2, 2017 by Newyorkrita" by Newyorkrita

3 people gave for post #1458007 in "May 2017 Blooms" by needrain

3 people gave for post #1459610 in "Banner for May 31, 2017 by bootandall" by bootandall

3 people gave for a photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Copatonic') by cliftoncat

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
And the winners of the May 2017 raffle are.....!daveThe May Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!39
Deer Decimate 31 Daylilies Overnightshive1Daylilies forum33
Clivia MiniataStjohnj88Ask a Question forum33
My Caffeinated Garden and other tidbits in 2017AltheabyanothernameGarden Photos forum31
Lurker Coming Out of the Shadows....LizinElizabethIrises forum29
My Garden 2017TexasPlumeria87Garden Photos forum29
Broken off irisesLynnDelIrises forum26
Updating the presentation on plant pagesdavePlant Database forum25
Opossum on my roofchris1948Texas Gardening forum24

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