Northern & Central Midwest

June, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Hardier Cape Fuchsia

National News

Many gardeners love to grow the common fuchsia as an annual in containers and hanging baskets. The fuchsia family, though, also has soon unusual perennials in its lineage. The cape fuchsia...

Trees Can Reduce Energy Usage

Trees are great additions to a yard for their shade and fruit depending on the type you grow. Now, research confirms trees also will help reduce summertime energy use. A recent USDA study in...

Race Car Made From and Powered by Vegetables

Formula 1 racing has come under scrutiny from environmental groups for the amount of fossil fuels needed to create and maintain their sport cars. Now, researchers at the University of Warwick in...

New Handy Mosquito Repellent

Summer time is mosquito time for much of the country. Whether you’re camping, gardening, or just enjoying a quiet evening on a patio or deck, mosquitoes often seek you out and ruin your fun. While...

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In the Garden


Companions Can Make Life Easier

I'm all in favor of doing whatever I can to make gardening easier, aren't you? One of the best ways to bring a garden into balance where plants actually assist each other toward health is by companion planting. As we plan our gardens, if we put some...
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Great Garden Companions If you are seriously interested in trying companion planting, Great Garden Companions: A...

Favorite or New Plant

Hydrangea 'Pinkie Winkie' I'm not necessarily a hydrangea fan, but Hydrangea paniculata 'Pinkie Winkie' is a knock-out...
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Regional Reminders

  • A Night Garden Will Entrance
  • Prevent Cucumber Beetle Damage
  • Get Rid of Moss in the Lawn
  • Be Ready to Mulch
  • Plant Pumpkins

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