Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Unusual, Fragrant Trillium More Widely Available

National News

Trilliums are beautiful native wildflowers that adorn deciduous forest floors in spring. While most people are familiar with the traditional white-flowering trillium ( Trillium grandiflorum ),...

New, Long-Lived, Decomposable Containers

Landscapers and gardeners use tons of plastic pots each year. Although long lasting and good for growing plants, they take a lot of fossil fuels to make and eventually end up in the landfill. Now...

Environmentally Friendly Engine Oil

There is a plethora of new "green" technologies available to help homeowners live a more environmentally friendly existence. One of the biggest polluters in the yard is the gas-powered mower. If...

Vegetable Gardening on the Rise

Gardening trends are often affected by the economy, and an increase in vegetable and edible gardening historically coincides with a downturn in the economy and increasing prices. Two survey...

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In the Garden


Prune Junipers and Yews -- But Lightly!

Why exactly is it necessary to prune evergreens? We've all seen those 40-year-old junipers that have never been touched until they started creeping up above the windows. Then they are sheared so they look absolutely terrible for the rest of their lives....
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Web Finds

Slow Food USA Slow Food USA is a non-profit organization that promotes the tenet that pleasure and quality in...


Pruning DVD The Fine Gardening Pruning DVD-Rom (2007; $24.95) has it all. Not only are there plenty of...
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Regional Reminders

  • Don't Trim Bulb Foliage
  • Prune Spring-Flowering Trees and Shrubs
  • Watch for Aphids
  • Remove Strawberry Flowers
  • Plant Trees and Shrubs

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