Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Variegated Tapioca

National News

Tropical foliage plants continue to be popular, and a new ornamental selection of the tropical food plant tapioca promises to shine in any landscape. The variegated tapioca ( Manihot esculenta...

Simple Way to Reduce Peach Brown Rot

Brown rot fungal disease can adversely affect the health of peach trees and fruits. To reduce the need for spraying to control this disease, researchers in France tried changing some common...

New Deer-Control Product

Deer browsing on shrubs, trees, flowers, and vegetables is a big problem throughout the country. Some gardeners fence out the deer, others try various taste and smell deterrents. Here’s another...

World’s Largest Daphne

Daphnes are known for their attractive foliage and sweetly scented, white flowers. Most selections are small shrubs with densely packed leaves that grow well in a perennial flower border. But...

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In the Garden


Color in the Garden

We all remember being asked what our favorite color was as a child, and often that initial favorite doesn't change, although as adults we learn to appreciate all the hues and shades of our adored blue or fuchsia. Color is perhaps the most personal...
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Web Finds

Gardening Quick 'n Easy The Gardening Quick 'n Easy Web site has bits and pieces for quick access to all aspects of...


Companion Plants Take Two Plants , by Nicola Ferguson (David & Charles, PLC, 2002; $31) is pretty enough for a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Planting Balled and Burlapped Plants
  • Watch for Fireblight
  • Keep Mosquitoes Away
  • Reduce Tomato Leaf Diseases
  • Watch for Blossom End Rot on Tomatoes

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