Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Purple Magnolia

National News

Spring is magnolia time in many areas of the country. These early-blooming trees are some of the first reminders of the colorful flowering trees and shrubs to come. Now there is a new,...

Versatile Garden Planter

It looks like a long, black punching bag, but the Garden Soxx is really a new way to container garden. Garden Soxx is a tubular, mesh bag that has the texture of heavy-duty socks. It lets in water...

The Ultimate Gardener

It's not often that we toot our own horn, but the new book The Ultimate Gardener (HCI Publishing, 2009), by NGA horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi, features fun, heart-warming short stories about...

Fish Emulsion as a Fertilizer and Fungicide

Although most organic gardeners have used fish emulsion as an effective fertilizer for crops, recent research suggests that it can also be used as a fungicide to fight diseases as well....

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In the Garden

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Slow Gardening

The first 55-degree day with no plans means I'm off to work in the garden. I pull on my brand new gloves, open the shed, and take out my bucket, a rake, shovel, hoe, leaf rake, watering can, box of seeds, and stakes for the new compost bin. Then I empty...
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Resources

Books

Beginner's Garden Book You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening , by Gayla Trail (Fireside, 2005), is not...

Web Finds

Felder Rushing, Garden Writer and Bottle Gardener Felder Rushing is a garden writer and bottle gardener. Take a look at his website,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Potatoes
  • Divide Perennials
  • Take Care of Peonies
  • Plant Asparagus
  • Plant Peas

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