Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Exercise in a Garden Gym

National News

Gardeners naturally spend lots of time outdoors. But just because they’re outdoors doesn’t necessarily mean they’re getting the right kind of exercise. A group in England is trying to change that....

A Simpler Way to Make New Plants

Air layering is a gardening propagation technique where new roots are encouraged to grow on a stem or branch of an herbaceous or woody plant in order to create a new plant. It’s a convenient way...

Barriers for Root Weevils

Root weevils are destructive pests of many plants including strawberries, raspberries, rhododendrons, euonymus, and azaleas. The young larvae feed on the roots, while the black, snouted, weevil...

New Purple Poppies

Oriental poppies are one of the darlings of the perennial garden. Their large, showy flowers herald the beginning of the summer flower season. An outstanding new variety is causing a stir in...

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In the Garden


Let's Compost!

Spring is finally here, and if you're like me, as you gaze happily at those beautiful daffodils, your thoughts turn automatically to the garden. As we do garden clean-up, it seems a logical time to talk about the what, where, why, and how of composting....
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Shows & Events

Dawes Arboretum Plant Sale & Auction An amazing array of plants will be on sale on Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the...

Clever Gardening Technique

Use a Bulb Planter to Propagate Ground Covers As vining ground covers begin to make their appearance in the spring, often we find the need to...
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Regional Reminders

  • Layer Your Garden Refuse in a Compost Bin
  • Don't Compost Pet Waste, Meat Products, or Poisonous Plants
  • Mow Grass High for Health
  • Watch for Pine Sawfly Larvae
  • Pinch Out Blossoms on New Strawberries

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