Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

July, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

South Pacific Canna

National News

It's not too early to begin planning next year's garden, so canna enthusiasts and those looking to add tropical flair to their gardens will be pleased to see the announcement of one of the 2013...

Seed Saving and Starting

Are you interested in developing a tomato that is bred to thrive in the particular conditions found in your own home garden by selecting and saving seeds each year? Maybe you'd like to save seeds...

Conserving Bumblebees

We hear a lot these days about colony collapse disorder and the problems facing honeybees. But many folks are not aware that our native bees are struggling as well. The nearly fifty species of...

Unraveling the Mysteries of Tomato Genetics

After years of work by scientists from around the world, the Tomato Genome Consortium announced that the full genome of the tomato has been decoded, specifically that of the variety 'Heinz 1706',...

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In the Garden


Prolonged Heat and Drought Hard on Tomatoes

I can't remember a summer so hot, and so early in the season. Tomatoes love the heat, but when temperatures hit the triple digits for a prolonged period, problems can result. I've been watering my garden diligently to reduce moisture stress during...
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Tool or Gardening Product

The PotLifter The PotLifter ( was designed for the do-it-yourself gardener. It only takes...

Clever Gardening Technique

Encourage Beneficial Insects Be sure to have zinnias, sweet alyssum, catmints, yarrows, daisies, dill, fennel, and other...
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Regional Reminders

  • Dig and Divide Irises
  • Increase Watering as Temperatures Rise
  • Pick Herbs
  • Be Patient with Tomatoes
  • Fertilize Vegetables

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