Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Edible, Ornamental Salmonberry

National News

Salmonberry is a common, native woodland shrub that grows in part shade in many areas of the country. Now it's available with striking golden foliage that contrasts beautifully with its bright...

The Lowdown on Organic Sprays

Organic pest controls are very popular with vegetable gardeners trying to avoid excessive pest damage and also have less impact on the environment. However, detailed information about the organic...

Home Gardens Essential for Bumblebees

Pollinating insects have been in the news lately because of their declining numbers and the impact this may have on many food crops. The good news is that it appears that wide-open spaces and...

High Lead Levels Found in Garden Hoses

A common summer scene involves kids squirting each other with the garden hose. Invariably, on a hot summer day some of the kids will take a drink from the hose. We’ve all done it, whether as kids...

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In the Garden


Anthracnose Disease

If you needed a reason to clean up your leaves this fall, do it to help prevent anthracnose disease from disfiguring the leaves of your favorite trees. Anthracnose is a fungal disease that often appears after a cool, wet spring. It is rampant in my...
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Web Finds

IPM of Midwest Landscapes The University of Minnesota's Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability site has a reference...

Tool or Gardening Product

Wiggle Worm Soil Builder Have you ever tried worm castings as a soil conditioner? I had the opportunity to tour the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Vegetables and Annuals
  • Harvest Vegetables When Young
  • Let Plants Go To Seed
  • Leave Perennial Seedheads
  • Clean Up Fallen Fruits

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