Your National Gardening Association weekly news for July 15, 2017


Recently popular question and answer from our Q&A Archive: Classification of Beans
"Could you please tell me the KINGDOM, PHYLUM, CLASS, ORDER, FAMILY, GENUS, and SPECIES of BURPEE'S STRINGLESS GREEN POD BEAN PLANTS (bush, green snap). I am doing a science project and I need to document the above items. Thank You!" - Click to read the answer

Articles you may enjoy:

Edible Landscaping - How to: Start a Culinary Herb Garden

"If you love to cook, especially with fresh herbs, then you must have a culinary herb garden. Nothing beats the flavor of freshly picked herbs in soups, stews, sauces, casseroles, pastas, salads and many other dishes."

Preserving Herbs

"The most common ways to preserve herbs are drying and freezing. You can also make herb-based sauces. Try one or more of these methods so you can enjoy that fresh-picked flavor year-round."

Patio Gardens

"Patio gardens soften the transition between indoors and outdoors by bringing plants into outdoor living areas. This might involve something as simple as setting up a few window boxes on an apartment balcony, or as elaborate as enclosing an entire porch with trellised vines, potted trees and shrubs, hanging baskets, and containers filled with annual and perennial flowers."

Establishing a Wildflower Meadow

"A meadow of mixed flowers and native grasses can replace your lawn, cover a slope, or enhance a roadside. Most meadows require much less water and fertilizer than lawns do, and they rarely need mowing. For best results, prepare the soil thoroughly before planting."

Growing Flowers 101

"If you'd like a low-maintenance flower garden, your most important work will be done with pencil, paper, and some reference materials."

Colorado Potato Beetle

"The Colorado potato beetle is a plump yellow beetle with black stripes over its wings and black spots just behind its head."

Redbuds for Small Gardens

"Dwarf and weeping ornamental trees are gaining in popularity. With yard sizes of new homes getting smaller, homeowners are looking for attractive trees that will fit in small spaces. Breeders have responded by creating many dwarf and weeping versions of popular flowering trees."

Gardening News:

Dave Reviews the New CobraHead "mini" Weeding Tool Dave Reviews the New CobraHead "mini" Weeding Tool

We are quite excited about this new (and we think improved) version of the CobraHead weeding tool. In this video, Dave demonstrates the tool and gives his opinion. The raffle going on right now features this tool as one of the prizes!

Overview of Pterostylis Pollination (Orchidaceae) in Victoria Overview of Pterostylis Pollination (Orchidaceae) in Victoria

Rudie Kuiter, a professional wildlife photographer living in Victoria, Australia and has devoted much of his current time to recording the pollination of native orchid species. Here is his latest publication. (310 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Annual Mallow (Malva trimestris)
By nativeplantlover:

Photo of Dwarf Coneflower (Echinacea Kismet™ Red)
By NJBob:

Photo of Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Irish Darling')
By IrisLilli:

Photo of Billbergia 'Virginia'
By RuuddeBlock:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Frances Joiner')
By SNJDebbie24:

Photo of Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
By RuuddeBlock:

Photo of Hen and Chick (Sempervivum 'Roasted Chestnut')
By Patty:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Roter Korsar')
By MargieNY:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Appliqué')
By Ina:

Photo of Species Iris (Iris ensata)
By poisondartfrog:

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:

4 people gave for post #1500746 in "July 2017 Seedlings" by Betja

3 people gave for post #1495276 in "Banner for July 7, 2017 by GoatDriver" by GoatDriver

3 people gave for post #1499335 in "✺ JULY 2017 Bloom and Chat ✺" by csandt

3 people gave for post #1497602 in "July 2017 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" by luvsgrtdanes

3 people gave for post #1495821 in "Banner for July 8, 2017 by sunnyvalley" by sunnyvalley

2 people gave for post #1499144 in "Share Your Photos" by SpringGreenThumb

2 people gave for a photo of Annual Mallow (Malva trimestris) by nativeplantlover

2 people gave for a photo of Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Midnight Marvel') by dawiz1753

2 people gave for post #1495787 in "Lindsay's Blooms" by Lbsmitty

2 people gave for post #1500382 in "Banner for July 13, 2017 by joannakat" by joannakat

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Doesn't look like Cherokee SunsetSpringGreenThumbPhoto of Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherokee Sunset')41
A murderous discussion on pest treatmentsctcarolOrchids forum38
Need suggestion for watermelons 🍉FizJayAsk a Question forum26
I need to sell some dayliliesFrillylilyDaylilies forum21
HashtagsTrishSite Talk forum20
Questions About PollinatingScatterbrainDaylilies forum17
CobraHead tool reviewbeckygardenerDave Reviews the New CobraHead "mini" Weeding Tool17
Dave's so smart, he *can* save time!purpleinoppSite Talk forum17

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