Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Don’t Bite Me Insect Repellent

National News

Summer is biting insect time, and not only are mosquitoes annoying, they can transmit diseases such as West Nile virus and encephalitis. There is a plethora of repellent sprays on the market to...

New Dwarf Agapanthus

Agapanthus, or lily of the Nile, is a common perennial in warm climates (hardy in USDA zones 8 to11). The dark green, strap-like leaves provide an attractive ground cover, while the stalks of sky...

New Community Garden Book

With rising fuel and food prices, many people are turning to growing some of their food. However, people in urban areas or without access to land face challenges to growing their own. Community...

Does Rinsing Apples Remove Pesticides?

It’s apple season and many people will be biting into the crisp fruit and enjoying the new crop in pies and sauces. Unfortunately, apples are routinely sprayed with pesticides to control a variety...

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In the Garden

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Plant a Meadow Garden

As I take my morning walks and see all types of gardens, the type I'm most fond of is the meadow. A meadow garden reflects the rhythm of the seasons, starting with bulbs and tiny spring wildflowers; moving into summer with blowsy perennial sunflowers,...
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Resources

Web Finds

Wildflower Information The Wildflower Information site is an excellent place to start looking for species to plant in...

Books

Making a Meadow Pam Lewis, the author of Making a Wildflower Meadow (Frances Lincoln, 2006; $28.95), comes at...
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Regional Reminders

  • Care for Fall Raspberries
  • Sow Fall Crops
  • Don't Worry About Mushrooms in the Lawn
  • Purchase Bulbs
  • Spruce Up the Perennial Garden

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