Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Mildew-Resistant Phlox

National News

Tall summer phlox ( Phlox paniculata ) are a midsummer treat is any perennial garden. The flowers are showy and are available in a range of colors, including pure white, pink, lilac, and red....

To Till or Not Till in Compost

Most gardeners know that compost applied to perennial beds helps the soil and plants in many ways. Usually the added compost is tilled into the soil before planting. Now research from the...

Community Gardens at all USDA Facilities

New research from the National Gardening Association shows there are more than 1 million community gardens in the United States and up to 3 million people would like to garden in a community garden...

New Early, Sweet Melon

Melons are a favored summer vegetable. While most gardeners are familiar with the traditional cantaloupes, there are now other exotic melons making it into farmer's markets, grocery stores, and...

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In the Garden

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Let's Start Some Seeds!

The best place to start is with a specialized seed-starting mix. The mix needs to be sterile to avoid disease transmission and it needs a good balance of water retention and good drainage. Containers Your containers can run the gamut from...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Midwest Gardening Symposium: Sustainable with Style The Midwest Gardening Symposium: Sustainable with Style will take place on March 13-15 at the...

Clever Gardening Technique

Use Old Windows to Thaw Soil Forage second-hand shops or grandma's garage for old windows. Placing them carefully on garden...
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Regional Reminders

  • Bring Out Portable Cold Frames
  • Buy Some Flowers!
  • Use Local Resources for Planning
  • Start Chores Early
  • Test Your Soil

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