Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Veggie Gardening More Popular Than Flower Gardening

National News

If we believe the English are trendsetters in the gardening world, then we all better tune up our veggie beds. Vegetable gardening has always been the poor cousin to flower gardening in England...

Best Ground Covers for Roadsides

With an increased concern about the use of herbicides and pesticides on lawns, many gardeners are looking for alternative plants to grow along roadsides or on slopes. To help gardeners make the...

Fragrant, Deep Purple Climbing Rose

Climbing roses can make dramatic statements, and a new variety with unusually colored, strongly fragrant flowers promises plenty of drama. ‘Night Owl’ combines deep, rich violet, nearly black...

Efficient Tool for Watering Trees and Shrubs

Water and fertilizer is essential for healthy tree and shrub growth, however just sprinkling water and fertilizer on the soil surface around plants can be wasteful and doesn’t get the moisture and...

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In the Garden


Thin, Thin, Thin!

The gardening season is upon us, with tiny seedlings popping up all over. As those seedlings appear, there is something that we all must do, as hard as it is. We must show our fortitude and thin, thin, thin! I seeded spinach last fall, and the...
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Shows & Events

Chicago Botanic Garden's Great Chef Series Chicago Botanic Garden begins the Great Chef Series on May 26. Every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30...

Clever Gardening Technique

Eliminate Those Pesky Flea Beetles Tackle flea beetles, the scourge of the garden, with hot pepper-garlic spray. Smash six cloves of...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch for Diseases on Roses
  • Don't Feed Lawns Too Much Nitrogen
  • Watch for Pests!
  • Pinch Garden Mums
  • Harvest Rhubarb and Asparagus

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