Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

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National News

Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms. As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment...

A Different Lamb's Ears

When you say lamb’s ears ( Stachys byzantina ), most flower gardeners think of the perennial with silvery white, wooly foliage and purple flower spikes. However, there is another version of lamb’s...

All About Watermelons

There is nothing that says “summertime” like fresh watermelon. If you’re looking for more ways to use watermelons in recipes, as decorations, or in activities with your kids, check out the...

New False Aster

Boltonia is a flower in the aster family that blooms in late summer. A North American native, boltonia produces masses of white, pink, or violet flowers, depending on the variety. This perennial...

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In the Garden


Tough and Beautiful Native Plants

For those of us with environments not particularly suited to growing sensitive or tender nonnatives, there is a wide selection of native flora available. Happily, landscapes seem to be taking a swing toward naturalistic designs that use these native...
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Shows & Events

Annual Perennial Plant Symposium The Chicago Botanic Garden presents its 15th Annual Perennial Plant Symposium on September 30,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Acidify Your Soil the Natural Way If your water and soil are alkaline, use oak leaf tea to help acidify it. Make a tea of shredded...
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Regional Reminders

  • Don't Let Blossom End Rot Ruin Your Tomatoes
  • Reseed Bare Spots in the Lawn
  • Check for White Grubs
  • Divide Peonies and Daylilies
  • Water Fruit Crops Regularly

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