Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Butterfly-Attracting, Disease-Resistant Phlox

National News

Midsummer is tall phlox ( Phlox paniculata and P. maculata ) season in the perennial garden. Phlox is known for its beautiful flowers this time of year, but powdery mildew often ruins the show....

Save the Ash Tree

There is a growing concern about native ash trees across the country. The emerald ash borer (EAB) insect has set up home in communities in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Eastern Canada...

Elderberry Pruning Trials

Elderberry bushes are gaining in popularity. This native shrub is easy to grow and is adapted to a wide range of climatic conditions, including wet areas. It features attractive white flowers and...

National Community Gardening Week

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has named August 23-29, 2009, National Community Gardening Week. As an ongoing commitment to encourage community gardening, the USDA is installing “People’s...

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In the Garden


Weeds in Your Garden?

So, you say you have weeds. What exactly is a weed? Basically it is any plant that's not wanted or that's planted in the wrong place. Sounds simple enough. But, one person's weed might be another person's wildflower. Right now the crystalline blue...
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Web Finds

Weed Identification The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Weed Identification Web site is one of the most...


Safe Weed Control The Gardener's Weed Book: Earth-Safe Controls , by Barbara Pleasant, is a great guide to using...
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Regional Reminders

  • Bulb Planting Time
  • Let Lawn Go Dormant
  • Harvest Onions
  • Dearhead Annuals
  • Shear Herbs

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