Northern & Central Midwest

June, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

The Best Salvias For Hot Summers

National News

Salvias are one of the most commonly grown bedding plants across the country. They grow and flower quickly, producing spikes of red, white, pink, blue, and purple flowers all summer long. However,...

Plastic Mulch Repels Pests

Tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, and cucumbers are popular summer garden vegetables. However, they also are subject to many insects and diseases. Gardeners have used colored plastic mulch to...

Organic Fire Ant Control

Fire ants are a major pest in lawns and gardens across much of the country. Now there is an effective organic control that will help eliminate these harmful pests that's safer for the environment...

Kudzu Reduces Alcohol Consumption

The "vine that ate the South" may have a positive side after all. Researchers at the McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, investigated kudzu as a treatment to curb excessive drinking....

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In the Garden


Protecting a Garden From Pests

Being not far off the summer solstice means that vegetable gardens are in prime growth right now. And even though vegetable gardens take more intense intervention by gardeners than a prairie or woodland garden, there are still ways to try to keep nature...
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Web Finds

Weekend Gardener This Weekend Gardener site is maintained by people who garden, and it will give you access to...

Favorite or New Plant

Korean Angelica Korean Angelica ( Angelica gigas ), an old-fashioned plant that is coming back into vogue, can...
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Regional Reminders

  • Keep Out Those Cuke Beetles
  • Watch for Japanese Beetles
  • Mulch the Veggie Garden
  • Control Whiteflies Indoors Organically
  • Keep Tomato Problems at Bay

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