Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Stunning, Compact Nasturtium

National News

‘Empress of India’ nasturtium is known for its lush, dark red flowers, blue-green leaves, and trailing growth habit that reaches 12 to 16 inches long. A new version of this popular variety...

New Starry-Eyed Hydrangea

The smooth hydrangea ( Hydrangea arborescens ) is a widely grown landscape shrub, and ‘Annabelle’, with its snowball-shaped flowers, has been the variety of choice for years. A newly discovered...

No-Mess Instant Compost Tea

Compost tea is widely used by gardeners to boost plant growth, build soil humus, and increase soil microbial activity. The latest trend in compost teas is brewing the tea aerobically to get the...

Blueberries May Help Ward Off Colon Cancer

Blueberries are well known for both their taste and their health benefits. Eating fresh blueberries has been shown to help slow memory loss and prevent heart disease. In addition, new research...

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In the Garden


Use Plants as Sculpture

We tend to appreciate most plants for their lush greenness or spectacular blossoms. But so many plants are also quite sculptural. Plants can be focal points in the garden in any number of ways, but there are some that have such a unique shape they can...
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Web Finds

Earth Day Network The Earth Day Network has information about how to get involved in planet stewardship, how to...

Clever Gardening Technique

Garlic Aphid Spray Mince or mash several cloves of garlic and boil them in a pint of water. Let the mixture steep...
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Regional Reminders

  • Get Houseplants Ready for Summering Outdoors
  • Plant Easter Lilies Outdoors
  • Core Aerate Your Thin Lawn
  • Deadhead Bulbs
  • Prepare for Summer Birds

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