Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Air Pollution Reduces Flower Fragrance

National News

The decline of honeybee and native bee populations has been widely reported in the press, and a number of factors have been attributed to the decline, such as mites, disease, and stress. Now air...

New Multicolored Wallflower

Wallflowers are tender perennials that can also be grown as biennials in cold climates. This quintessential English flower features strap-like leaves and tender stems of brightly colored blossoms....

Choosing Roses for Your Region

The All-America Rose Selections (AARS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the introduction and promotion of award-winning roses. For 70 years they have trialed rose varieties across the...

Recipes from the Garden

Rosalind Creasy is considered a leader in the edible landscaping movement. Her famous book, The Complete Guide to Edible Landscaping (Sierra Club Books, 1982), is a bible for many home...

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In the Garden


Feeding My Worms

I have a new hobby. I just bought a worm composter for all our kitchen scraps. The family of worms can then produce that wonderful soil amendment -- worm castings. The science of vermiculture (the root "vermi" comes from the Latin word "vermis,"...
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Web Finds

The Worm Composting Guide This Worm Composting Guide has all the information you need for growing happy, successful worms...

Tool or Gardening Product

The Worm Factory This is the Cadillac of bins. It is made of heavy recycled plastic and comes with a base, four...
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Regional Reminders

  • Protect Against Cucumber Beetles
  • Plant an Evening Garden
  • Pick Your Own Strawberries
  • Plant Warm-Season Crops
  • Put Up a Rain Barrel

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