Northern & Central Midwest

October, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Five Steps to Bulb Planting Success

National News

The best time to plant spring bulbs depends on where you live. Ideally, wait until the soil temperature is below 60°F. As a general guide, plant in September through early October if you live in...

Fall Cleanup Q and A

Cutting Back Perennials Question: After the first frost, should I cut back the flower stalks on my perennials? Or is it best to leave them as is and cut them back in the spring?...

Shrub Dogwood Trials

Shrub forms of dogwood (Cornus) make excellent landscape plants and are widely used by landscapers around the country. They are known for their green or variegated foliage, attractive flowers and...

New Variegated Hedge Plant

If you’re looking for a tough shrub to plant this fall that provides beauty, versatility, and low maintenance, consider the variegated beauty briar ( Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘variegatus’)....

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In the Garden


Here's To Your Health!

I know being in my garden keeps me healthy. I know this, not from statistics or measurements, but simply from how I feel. When pressures get a little too intense, my natural inclination is to go out to the garden. When I have something to think through,...
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Web Finds

Gardening and Health Virginia Cooperative Extension has numerous articles on gardening and health, including...

Favorite or New Plant

Elephant Ear There are hundreds of types of elephant ears available but one of my favorites is Alocasia x...
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Regional Reminders

  • Test Your Soil
  • Ripen Green Tomatoes Indoors
  • Plant Woodies
  • Prepare Houseplants for the Move Indoors
  • Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs

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