Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Black and Gold Cannas

National News

Seven years ago a new canna lily from South Africa took the gardening world by storm. ‘Tropicanna’ canna features bright orange flowers and multicolored leaves with pink, yellow, red, orange, and...

An Eye-Catching Golden Fern

Ferns are gaining in popularity as more gardeners are choosing these plants for shady spots in their yards. Ferns offer ease of care, and beautiful, textured fronds of varying shapes and sizes....

Antibiotics in Veggies?

Adding manure to vegetable gardens is a time-honored method of fertilizing plants. However, many animals are fed regular doses of antibiotics, and up to 90 percent of those antibiotics can pass...

Copper Blocker Mesh for Slug Control

Spring means wet weather, and wet weather means slugs. Many gardeners know of the efficacy of using copper wire or copper flashing as a barrier to repel slugs. The slugs get a small electrical...

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In the Garden


Drought-Proofing a Garden

It's still early in the season, the time when all our thoughts turn to the magnificent new plants we will add to our landscapes and gardens this year. But if the last few summers are any indication of what we might encounter this summer, our thoughts...
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Web Finds

University of Missouri Master Gardeners Extension sites should be some of your best friends for gathering information on all types of...

Clever Gardening Technique

Love That Junk Mail! Make good use of all that junk mail! Shred it and layer it on top of soaker hoses and under a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Stake Your Perennials Early
  • Keep an Eye on Water Needs of Containers
  • Provide Water for Migrating Birds
  • Plant Trees and Shrubs
  • Prune Spent Lilac Blossoms

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