Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


June, 2009
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Use A Bucket or Nursery Pot When Mulching
By now your perennials, annuals, shrubs, and veggies are filling the beds. A summer garden bed with plants is more of a challenge to mulch than an early spring, nearly empty bed. To place bark or root mulch between the maturing plants, we use the bucket/nursery pot method. We scoop the mulch from the wheelbarrow with a bucket or sturdy, medium-sized nursery pot (rather than a shovel). In the garden, we pull back plant leaves and shake about 3 inches of mulch from the bucket onto the soil. Place mulch at least 3 inches from any plant parts. Otherwise the warm/hot mulch could kill plants immediately ... or moist mulch cause rot in weeks ahead.

Shows & Events

The United States National Arboretum
In these budget-conscious times, visiting the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC is quite the value. Admission is free (thanks to our tax dollars). Though the breathtaking azalea show is over, the National Herb Garden, Perennials Collection, Grove of State Trees, and Asian Collections, and Youth Garden are near their seasonal prime. For a pre-visit peek including a virtual tour of the Herb Garden, see


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