Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


August, 2009
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Razzle Dazzle Dwarf Crapemyrtles
Like crapemyrtles but don't have space for a 15- to 25-foot tree? Razzle Dazzle dwarfs at 2 to 5 feet may suit you and your garden in USDA zones 6 through 9. Each cultivar is compact; size at maturity varies by cultivar. Razzle Dazzles bring rich, brightly-colored flowers framed by evergreen foliage to the autumn garden. Cherry red (Cherry Dazzle), pink (Dazzle Me Pink), raspberry (Raspberry Dazzle), and pink flowers with bronze red foliage (Ruby Dazzle) are my favs.

Web Finds

Looking for funding for a small niche farming project, farm market, or other type of beginning, continuing, or expanding agriculture business (dairy, flower, produce, orchard)? Check out PAGrows. Available money includes federal grants, incentives, and loans. Though this site is to help Pennsylvanians through the application process, a call might lead to similar service in other states. PAgrows pairs financial assistance from Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) with technical assistance from Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. PAgrows is designed to help agribusiness pull pieces of the lending puzzle together. For information, call the toll free number 1-888-PAgrows (1-888-724-7697).


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