Northern & Central Midwest

June, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Sun-Tolerant Caladium

National News

Caladiums are known for their ability to brighten shady spots in the yard with their colorful leaves. Now there's a caladium that's more sun tolerant than other varieties, and its shorter stature...

Grapes May Protect Against Diabetes

According to the National Institutes of Health, it’s estimated that 1 in every 400 to 600 children and adolescents in the U.S. has type 1 diabetes. This epidemic has spurred research into ways to...

New Animal Control for Gardens

Controlling marauding animals from eating your landscape and garden is a never-ending task. Now there’s a new, low-impact, technological tool to add to your list of repellent sprays, fences, and...

Warm Temperatures Increase the Sugar and Nutrients in Tomatoes

Most gardeners know the flavor and nutritional quality of fresh tomatoes is best if you grow your own. New research from France shows that the temperature at which fruit ripens can also affect the...

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In the Garden


Planning Perennial Pizzazz

My small perennial bed has looked okay over the past few years, but it doesn't knock your socks off. The problem is that when planting time comes around, I never remember exactly which plants are not placed right. By the time they come on strong, it's...
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Web Finds

Illinois' Best Plants This Illinois' Best Plants is a wonderful site for searching for plants. You can enter the...


Flower Selection The American Horticultural Society Flower Finder by Jacqueline Heriteau and Andre Viette (Simon...
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Regional Reminders

  • Scout for Japanese Beetles
  • Trap Earwigs
  • Control Mosquitoes
  • Replenish Mulch
  • Mow Your Lawn Right

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