The June issue of Digger has been mailed to subscribers, and the cover story this month is on the increasing popularity of native plants (PDF). Growing native plants makes sense for gardeners since they are adapted to regional soil and climate, need little help to grow well, and they bolster the local ecosystem.
Other articles in this issue include:
- “Putting the sun to work” (PDF), an OSU research study on using solarization as an effective way to kill pests, pathogens and weeds;
- “The (native) grass is always greener” (PDF), wherein columnist Mike Darcy defends lawns as a way to beat ever-rising water bills;
- “Natural growth” (PDF), a profile of OAN member and native plants/habitat restoration specialist, Beaverlake Nursery; and
- “Are you prepared for plant shortages?” (PDF), which provides answers for an industry in search of in-demand plants and new varieties.