Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


May, 2005
Regional Report

Support Tomatoes

Tomatoes can be caged, staked, or allowed to sprawl over a layer of mulch on the ground. Either way, allow ample room for them to spread and fill in. Make sure your support is sturdy enough to hold up a heavy vine loaded with tomatoes during those windy August

Plant Herbs for the Kitchen

Plant what you like to eat! Herbs are celebrated for their ease of culture and easygoing manner in the garden. Many do well in containers, too. Cooks (and diners) enjoy homegrown herbs for their convenience, freshness, and quality in the kitchen ... and on the table.

Read the Spray Label

Before you apply a pesticide or insecticide or fungicide or herbicide, check that both the target and the plant(s) you want to use it on are listed on the label. Use the least-toxic control available. Read and follow all of the label directions, mix it accurately, and apply only the amount indicated. Be aware that both organic and chemical controls can be toxic. Remember: the label is the law.

Include Variety of Plants in a Butterfly Garden

Butterfly gardens need nectar plants to provide food for the adult butterflies along with host plants to provide food for the caterpillars. The wider the variety of plants you have, the more kinds of butterflies your garden will attract.

Give Melons and Squash Lots of Room and Organic Matter

Melons and squash, including pumpkins and cucumbers, will grow best in a sunny location with rich soil that is evenly moist yet well drained (like a wrung-out sponge). Adding copious amounts of organic matter, such as compost, to the soil at planting time will help them develop a healthy root system to support their voluminous growth.


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