Northern & Central Midwest

October, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Tri-Colored Japanese Maple

National News

Fall is for tree planting. The warm soils and cool, rainy days create perfect conditions for tree roots to grow before the cold days of winter. Japanese maple is a favorite specimen tree of many...

Instant Compost Tea

Gardeners know the benefits compost tea can have on their gardens. Not only is it a quick and efficient way to deliver nutrients to plants, compost tea also feeds the microbial life in the soil....

Trials of the Best Organic Weed Killers

Organic gardeners often struggle to control annual weeds in their gardens. While there are many organic products on the market touted as helpful in controlling weeds, there has been little...

Blue Flag Iris Filters Pesticides

Our native blue flag iris ( Iris versicolor ) is a beautiful perennial that grows well on lakeshores, swamps, wet meadows and along stream beds. Now it appears this iris can be effective in...

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In the Garden


Take Another Look at Fall Color

This is the time when we get the almost excruciatingly beautiful fall color that the Midwest is famous for. It's also the perfect time to take a drive and make some notes about unusual plants to include in your landscape for fall color next year. Of...
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Shows & Events

Global Climate Change and Plant Conservation In this time of great concern about global climate change, it's helpful to have the scientists'...


Winter Garden Beauty The Garden in Winter: Plant for Beauty and Interest in the Quiet Season , by Suzy Bales (Rodale...
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Regional Reminders

  • Leave Seedheads
  • Mow Lawn Short for Winter
  • Don't Prune Trees and Shrubs
  • Plant Garlic
  • Divide Perennials

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