Northern & Central Midwest

October, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Research Links Acid Rain to Sugar Maple Decline

National News

Colorful fall foliage is one of the characteristic signs of autumn throughout much of the eastern United States, and sugar maples, with their brilliant orange and red leaf colors, are one of the...

Gold Medal Dogwood

Since 1978 the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has annually recognized outstanding trees, shrubs, and woody vines. These plants are awarded the PHS Gold Medal for their eye appeal,...

New Technique for Protecting Blackberries

Trailing blackberry varieties such as ‘Siskiyou’ and ‘Chester Thornless’ are popular for their large-sized fruits and heavy production. But little commercial production of trailing blackberries...

Warmer, Wetter Winter?

Trying to predict the severity of the upcoming winter in October is like trying to predict the winner of the Super Bowl in November. But over the years atmospheric researchers have found that one...

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In the Garden


Save Your Seeds!

Since gardens are beginning to wind down, it's a good time to review the processes for saving seeds for next year's garden. You will have the best luck saving seed from self-pollinated plants and open-pollinated plants that reliably produce the same...
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Web Finds

International Seed Saving Institute The International Seed Saving Institute Web site is a great source for information about saving...

Favorite or New Plant

Aster 'Professor Kippenburg' Now is the ideal time to appreciate the lovely 'Professor Kippenburg' aster, with its clear...
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Regional Reminders

  • Protect Woodies From Rodents and Deer
  • Mulch Your Root Crops
  • Clean Up Garden Debris
  • Bring Geraniums Indoors
  • Prevent Snow Mold on Lawns

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