Northern & Central Midwest

October, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Red-Stemmed Willow Adds Beauty to the Winter Garden

National News

It's often difficult to find color in the winter garden, especially in northern climates. One of the best ways to introduce color during this dark season is to grow trees and shrubs with brightly...

Calcium Fertilizer Helps Trees Survive Winter

With winter around the corner, many gardeners will be preparing their landscape plants for the coming cold temperatures. With an estimated 1 million urban trees worldwide dying each year from...

Practical Science for Gardeners

Fall and winter are great times of year to "bone up" on your garden reading. In addition to the books on designing your garden and growing specialty plants, pick up this new book by English author...

Appreciation for Nature Begins in Childhood

Many gardeners can trace their love of plants and nature back to childhood memories of gardening with relatives or friends. New research from Washington State University confirms what many...

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In the Garden

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Growing Great Garlic

It seems I always have garlic on my mind as the weather gets crisp. I grow it every year, but this was my best year ever. I can finally say I've gotten the hang of doing it right! I harvested several fist-sized heads in July and have enjoyed cooking...
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Resources

Books

Saving and Storing Seeds Seed Sowing and Saving , by Carole B. Turner (Storey Publishing, 1998; $19.95), is a wonderful...

Favorite or New Plant

Fullmoon Maple Fullmoon maple ( Acer japonicum ) is a lovely, small deciduous tree that's a great substitute for...
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Regional Reminders

  • Give Asparagus a Little TLC
  • Winterize Chrysanthemums
  • Mulch Root Crops
  • Take Care of Summer Bulbs
  • Add Panache to Your Garden With Early-Blooming Bulbs

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