Mailorder Gardening Association
Although it's important to give business to our local nurseries and garden centers, mailorder companies, in general, provide a greater selection of products, the convenience of armchair shopping, expert gardening information, and the best guarantees. The easiest way to access the world of garden catalogs and Web sites is to visit the Mailorder Gardening Association site. It offers an easy way to request free printed catalogs and link to the Web sites of gardening companies. You can search based on a particular type of product or see an alphabetical list of more than 100 gardening catalogs. Then, you can click on a link to that catalog's Web site to visit the online store. Through the Web site, you can also subscribe to free e-newsletters as well as access a glossary of gardening terms, smart shopper tips, a USDA hardiness zone map, kids' gardening activities, and information about the best new plants and gardening products.
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Generally, my approach to garden pests is that there is usually enough food for all of us, but insects pests have been particularly bad this past summer, with them getting more than their fair share. Plus, some of my houseplants had a bad case of the bugs. The organic gardener's indispensable arsenal of pest controls includes insecticidal soap, lightweight horticultural oil, and neem. Of these, my preference is for a neem spray. Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a tropical evergreen tree native to the Indian sub-continent. All parts of the tree are useful and have a long history for medicinal as well as pesticidal properties. The great advantage for gardeners is that neem controls both insects and fungal diseases without harming good guys like butterflies, bees, and ladybugs. A variety of neem products are available for garden pest control, both as ready-to-use sprays and as concentrates. As with any pesticide, read and follow directions carefully.