Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Outstanding Shrub for Late-Summer Color

National News

Most flowering shrubs bloom from early spring to summer, and by the time July rolls around there aren’t many colorful shrubs other than crape myrtles and hydrangeas. But a relatively uncommon...

Compost Reduces Potato Diseases

Soilborne diseases, such as common scab and stem canker, can be a problem when growing potatoes, often ruining a potato patch. Recent research has focused on using beneficial microbes and compost...

Keep Cool in the Garden

It’s hot outside, and in many parts of the country, plants as well as gardeners are wilting under the heat. Gardening in the hot sun at high temperatures can lead to sunburn, dehydration, and heat...

Favorite Perennial Book Just Got Better

Gardeners love a good reference book, and a favorite among perennial gardeners has been Allan Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennial Plants . Now a new edition has been released that promises to be even...

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In the Garden


Diagnosing Tree Problems

It seems every time I go to a social event, someone corners me to ask what is wrong with one of their trees. Trees are long-lived investments and everyone feels a bit of angst when a tree is ailing. It's impossible to diagnose a problem without seeing...
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Web Finds

Tree Diagnosis This Diagnosing Tree Problems Web site from Iowa State University Extension can help you figure...


The Meaning of Trees After you've identified and fixed any tree problems, open The Meaning of Trees: Botany, History,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prepare Plants for Your Vacation
  • Transplant Oriental Poppies
  • Keep Mosquitos at Bay
  • Harvest Herbs
  • Preventing Disease on Hostas

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