Northern & Central Midwest

October, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New, Colorful Yellow Rocket

National News

Yellow rocket (Ligularia) is a late-blooming perennial for woodland gardens or shady areas. It’s commonly relegated to the back of the border because of its uninteresting leaves. However, a new...

Are Organic Blueberries Healthier?

Many people believe organically raised produce is safer than conventionally raised crops because of the lack of chemical spray residues on the fruit. However, what about differences in the...

Tracking Lost Ladybugs

The old nursery rhyme goes, "Ladybug, ladybug fly away home …" It seems the insects have taken this song a little too literally. Over the last 20 years, several of our native ladybug species have...

Protect Plants from Frost

Frost is threatening in many areas, if it hasn’t already hit. However, many plants are still looking good in the garden, and perhaps you’re not ready to give them up just yet. If you have a prized...

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In the Garden


Delightful Water

I've been giving a lot of thought to adding water to my landscape. I have two small fountains that give me the sound of moving water, but I'm thinking of going a little further and I'm looking to Oriental garden philosophy for inspiration. Water is a...
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Web Finds

The Helpful Gardener Gardening With the Helpful Gardener is the Web site of garden designer Scott Reil, and he gives...

Favorite or New Plant

Castor Plant Gardeners in the west and south may consider me a heretic since this plant grows like a weed...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Bulbs
  • Mow Your Leaves
  • Plant Trees and Shrubs
  • Add Organic Matter
  • Pick Green Tomatoes

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