Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Vanilla-Scented Verbena Perfumes Your Yard

National News

Verbenas are stars of the late-season annual flower garden. They are great butterfly attractants and provide an airy feel to the garden as their flowers float above the foliage. Now there’s a...

Neem May Inhibit Nitrogen-Fixation in Legumes

Neem extract is widely used to ward off a variety of insects, such as Japanese beetles, aphids, and scale, and also diseases such as powdery mildew. It’s derived from the seed of a tropical tree...

Gardening Improves Health of Older Adults

It’s widely known that regular exercise contributes to the prevention of chronic diseases associated with aging and helps maintain an independent lifestyle. While many seniors find regular...

Faux Coyote Scares Away Birds

From the manufacturer who brought you the scare-eye balloons and faux owls to help ward off unwanted birds comes another faux predator for your yard. The faux coyote is not just a one-dimensional...

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In the Garden

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Midsummer and Fall Insects

Most of us in the Midwest had a wonderfully wet and somewhat cool start to the summer. It's great for us, but it's also great for the bugs and diseases. Here are some things to watch out for as we crest summer and move toward fall. Scale I have...
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Resources

Web Finds

Managing Japanese Beetles from the USDA This Managing the Japanese Beetle handbook for homeowners tells you everything you could...

Favorite or New Plant

Chambertin Oriental Lily I have a place in my heart for Oriental lilies, and 'Chambertin' is stunning. It's a deep rosy...
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Regional Reminders

  • Seed Bare Lawn
  • Sow Cover Crops
  • Move Peonies
  • Move Iris
  • Order Bulbs

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