Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

April, 2004
Regional Report

Plant Extra Vegetables

The Garden Writers of America organization encourages you to take part in its "Plant a Row for the Hungry" project. When planning your vegetable garden this year, plant one extra row for those in need. When the crop from that row is ready, harvest it and take it to the nearest soup kitchen or food bank.

Overseed Lawns

Fill bare spots in the lawn by loosening the soil to a depth of 1/2 inch and sowing seed. Work the seed in and gently water. Keep the area moist by covering it with compost or peat moss, and let the grass fill in completely before mowing.

Choose Sturdy Bedding Plants

When choosing bedding plants, look for well-proportioned plants with sturdy stems and unopened buds. The best plants are often found in large, deep cells spaced far apart. These have larger root systems and are less likely to have been stressed while growing.

Keep a Garden Calendar

Keep a garden calendar near the door closest to the garden. A garden calendar provides a great way to mark the seasons and helps you keep track of when you plant, fertilize, and harvest. Also, you can note what plants grow best in your garden year after year.

Outwit Felines

Cats like to dig in freshly cultivated soil. One way to deter them is to lay crumpled chicken wire over the bed and cut holes in it for planting. As the plants grow, they'll hide the chicken wire, while it continues to discourage cats from using the bed as a litter box.


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