Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

ARS Member's Choice Rose

National News

Since 2003 The American Rose Society (ARS) has awarded a Member’s Choice Award each year to the rose that receives the highest kudos from ARS members. The award covers roses introduced to the...

Grow Bigger Potatoes

If you’re hoping to grow the biggest potatoes possible this summer, try adding more calcium to the soil. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Madison grew ‘Russet Burbank’ potatoes in...

Simpler Seeding

Planting your garden from seed just got a little simpler. SeedBallz is a new product that features seeds encased in a marble-sized clay and sand ball. To plant, just spread the balls on top of the...

Rebecca's Garden Helps Seniors

Gardening continues to be one of the most important pastimes for older adults, but even healthy seniors can lose interest in this hobby because of brief illness, injury, or lack of companionship....

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In the Garden


Pinch Your Flowers; They'll Love You For It!

I helped my mother plant a flower garden in Texas in late March (yes, you can plant in late March in Dallas -- that's why I go at that time of year!). We planted some perennials but mostly annuals in a prominent bed just off her back patio. After we'd...
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Favorite or New Plant

Dichondra My new favorite for hanging baskets is Dichondra micrantha , also called kidneyweed. It is a...

Clever Gardening Technique

Movable Trellises Make House Maintenance Easier Do you paint your house every couple of years and have a love-hate relationship with the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Pinch First-Year Strawberry Blossoms
  • Plant Warm-Season Crops
  • Take Care of Your Peonies
  • Nip Rose Problems in the Bud
  • Monitor Container Plants for Moisture

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