Northern & Central Midwest

June, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Ornamental Elderberry

National News

For those who love the look of the Japanese maple but have a hard time getting one to grow in their climate, the new 'Black Lace' elderberry ( Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace') is a good substitute....

Bug Blaster

While a well-known insect control technique involves spraying strong blasts of water on plants to knock off insects, most traditional water nozzles just aren't very effective at providing complete...

CDC Recommends New Mosquito Controls

It's summertime and mosquito season is upon us. Gardeners are always looking for ways to minimize exposure to insects, not just because they are a nuisance but also to protect against diseases...

Seeds of Kokopelli

If you're interested in saving seeds of your favorite heirloom vegetables but don't know how, here's a great resource that can help. The Seeds of Kokopelli , by Dominique Guillet (Les Presses de...

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In the Garden


Choose Mulch According to Your Plants' Needs

Hopefully I'm wrong, but we may be on our way to another dry summer. Many of us are behind in rainfall so far this spring, and gardens are beginning to come on strong. So, (here she goes again) it's time to mulch! I have certainly seen gardens do...
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Shows & Events

Festival of the Rose Boerner Botanical Garden in Milwaukee is having their famous Festival of the Rose, June 22-26....

Clever Gardening Technique

Bag Your Apples Believe it or not, paper bags have become a favorite in my arsenal for protecting my fruit. I use...
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Regional Reminders

  • Use Copper Wires to Prevent Tomato Blight
  • Prune Suckers and Watersprouts
  • Get a Second Bloom from Perennials
  • Transplant Oriental Poppies
  • Prune Espaliered Plants

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