Northern & Central Midwest

September, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Multicolored Bee Balm

National News

Bee balm ( Monarda didyma ) is known as a widely adapted perennial flower that features red, white, or lavender flowers that butterflies and hummingbirds love. A new selection from England adds a...

Incredible New Hydrangea

From the world of plant blogs comes word of a new, improved version of the popular ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea. ‘Annabelle’ is a midsummer-blooming Hydrangea arborescens selection that blooms on new...

New Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder

Come fall, many gardeners restock the bird feeders to attract a variety of feathered friends to their yards for winter. One of the worst problems with many bird feeders is squirrels stealing the...

Earthworms Spread Weed Seed

Giant ragweed ( Ambrosia trifida ) is one of the main contributors to the hay fever that causes distress to millions of gardeners this time of year. While giant ragweed is quite capable of...

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In the Garden


Fall Wildflowers

Even though many of us are still experiencing hot weather, the excitement of school beginning and fall colors peeking through every once in a while gives me an unbelievable boost. On a recent walk I was struck by how many things are just on the verge of...
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Web Finds

Native Wildflowers Although a commercial site, Pictures of Native Wildflowers is an excellent source of photos of...


Self-Sufficiency The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency , by John Seymour (Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd.,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Harvest Winter Squash at the Right Time
  • Harvest Herbs
  • Plant Garlic
  • Save Your Geraniums
  • Water Evergreens

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