Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Curly-Leaved Begonia

National News

Rex begonias are known for their large, highly textured, colorful leaves. This tropical, moisture-loving plant makes an excellent houseplant; outdoors, it’s commonly grown as an annual in all but...

New Targeted Herbicide Applicator

Removing weeds is not a fun chore. While there are many options for managing weeds in the lawn and landscape, some gardeners turn to an herbicide as a last resort for hard-to-kill weeds....

Royal Vegetable Garden

Not to be outdone by first lady Michelle Obama’s new vegetable garden at the White House, Queen Elizabeth II of England has, for the first time since World War II, had gardeners install a...

Salt-Stressed Broccoli More Nutritious?

Broccoli is a nutritious, cool-season crop and a popular ingredient in many recipes. It’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidants (cancer-fighting compounds). Now researchers in Spain have found...

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In the Garden


Midsummer Garden Tasks

As I make my daily walks around my neighborhood, it makes me feel so good to see the efforts everyone is making to beautify their homes and landscapes, not to mention growing food. I thought I'd offer a few tips and reminders for keeping landscapes...
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Favorite or New Plant

Silver Whispers Stone Pine I wanted to try 'Silver Whispers' stone pine in my own garden before touting its great qualities,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Use Same Trellis for Peas and Beans Plant pole beans at the base of your peas. When the peas are finished, the beans should be coming...
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Regional Reminders

  • Let Lawn Go Dormant
  • Pick Summer Squash Young
  • Net Small Fruits
  • Watch for Tent Caterpillars
  • Remove Bulb Foliage

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