Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Improved Shrub

National News

The Texas Superstar Plant Program at Texas A & M University takes well-known plants and develops unique selections with new characteristics. In 2005 breeders improved upon a common landscape shrub...

New Corn Earworm Control

Corn earworm is a big problem for gardeners across the country. An old-fashioned yet effective organic control is to apply a several drops of mineral oil on the corn silks (where the adult moths...

Clay Controls Weeds

Over the past decade, kaolin clay was introduced as a disease and insect control for various crops (see "High Tech Dust Foils Pests" ). Now, new research from the USDA suggests that this clay...

No-Mow Grass

It's midsummer and many gardeners are getting tired of mowing the lawn. There's no getting around mowing a manicured Bermuda grass or Kentucky bluegrass lawn, but if you have an orchard, vacation...

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In the Garden


A Thriving, Perpetual Vegetable Garden

I'm convinced I can have a "perpetual" vegetable garden, and I've have had some great luck this year (along with a little grumbling, I'll admit). I've found that there are two absolutely essential characteristics you must possess if you plan to...
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Web Finds

Hummingbirds Hummingbirds.Net is a great source for all you hummer-lovers out there. It has information on...

Favorite or New Plant

Masterwort Masterwort ( Astrantia spp.) is a lovely perennial that has become a favorite recently because...
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Regional Reminders

  • Deadhead Flowers
  • Control Squash Vine Borers the Organic Way
  • Continue Late-Summer Sowings
  • Controlling Web Worms
  • Look for Swallowtail Larvae on Carrot Family Plants

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