Northern & Central Midwest

June, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Stunning Black and White Calla Lilies

National News

Calla lilies ( Zantedeschia ) are valued for their speckled leaves and unusual, cup-shaped flowers that come in a variety of colors. Two new varieties -- one with black flowers and one with white...

Best Birches for the South

White-bark birches, such as paper birch ( Betula papyrifera ) and European white birch ( B. pendula ), are popular landscape plants in the North, but not widely grown in the South. Southern...

Americans Not Eating Their Fruits and Veggies

Many Americans are familiar with the "5 A Day" program that encourages people to eat more whole fruits and vegetables. Although the U.S. government, food advocacy groups, and public health...

Keeping Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders

Feeding hummingbirds is a popular pastime for many gardeners, who hang hummingbird feeders containing sugar water outdoors close to their windows for easy viewing. One of the drawbacks of...

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In the Garden

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An Onion for Everyone

It seems everyone loves onions, but do you know how many different types of onions are actually out there? Aside from the standard slicing onion we love on hamburgers or atop a bowl of pinto beans (a favorite from my southern roots), there are sweet...
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Resources

Web Finds

The Institute for Plant-Based Nutrition The Institute for Plant-Based Nutrition is a good resource for those interested in vegetarian...

Books

Growing Flowers Organically The Complete Flower Gardener , by Karan Davis Cutler and Barbara Ellis (Wiley, 2006; $34.95) is...
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Regional Reminders

  • Get Rid of Mosquito Larvae
  • Cut Peonies With Care
  • Get Rid of Lawn Moss
  • Choose Container Plants Carefully
  • Watch for Rose Slugs

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