Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Coastal and Tropical South

May, 2008
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

It might be tempting to say that there are enough petunia-type plants, but that's too easy. Especially with so many fine introductions, there are selections for every part of the garden. The newest Supertunia is a free-flowering, mounding upright plant that's perfect for garden beds. Even better, it smells nice and needs no deadheading. This petunia isn't just for pots anymore!

Clever Gardening Technique

Tomato Pruning
Taking the snips to your tomatoes can be a good idea for at least three reasons. To avoid early blight, the disease that starts at the bottom of the plant and quickly moves up, trim off the lower leaves and mulch around the plants. If you're trying to win the biggest tomato contest, clip off the suckers and yes, remove all but the fruit you want to encourage. And if your vines are in good shape by July, you can shear off their tops to promote new growth and fall fruit.


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