Northern & Central Midwest

September, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Wild Ginger on Steroids

National News

Wild ginger ( Asarum ) is a favorite ground cover and woodland plant for shade gardens, especially those located under high deciduous tree canopies. Now from China comes a new cousin of wild...

Reduce Your Risk From Pesticides in Produce

Many people worry about the amount of pesticides they're exposed to through a diet of conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Even gardeners who grow their own produce depend on food from the...

Eat Your Weeds

Lamb's-quarter is a well-known weed in many vegetable and flower gardens across the country. While many gardeners spend hours pulling and hoeing this weed, maybe they should start eating it...

Easier Way to Plant Bulbs

It’s bulb-planting time, and if you’re planning on popping in some daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and other spring beauties, a bulb-planting tool can lesson the strain on your back and legs....

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In the Garden


Start Your Mother's Day Plants (Really!)

As I walked by my pot of coleus at the back door on a beautifully sunny, cool day, I was struck again at how I really want to have that same coleus next year. The color is more vibrant than any I've seen, and rather than risk not being able to find it...
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Web Finds

The Sustainable Table The Sustainable Table is a place to go for not only information but also for a community...


Overwintering Tender Perennials Indoors Bulbs in the Basement, Geraniums on the Windowsill , by Brian McGowan and Alice McGowan is not...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Bulbs
  • Leave Seedheads for Winter Interest
  • Have Your Soil Tested
  • Start a Compost Pile
  • Ready the Garden for Sleep

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