Northern & Central Midwest

October, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Colorful Abelia

National News

Abelia is a broadleaf evergreen that grows well in USDA hardiness zones 6 to 10. The glossy green foliage contrasts nicely with the pinkish-white flowers in summer and fall. Now a new variety of...

Watch Birds with New Birdcam

Gardeners love to feed and watch birds. However, birds are often at the feeder or in nesting boxes when you’re at work, early in the morning, or late in the day. It’s hard to catch all the...

Build Your Own Weeder

The wheel hoe is a nifty, hand-powered weeder that is great for slicing off weeds at the soil line. It features a wheel attached to a metal frame with a sharp blade and wooden handles. If you’re...

New Farmer’s Business Book

Gardeners trying to establish a new market vegetable garden or farm may not take the time or have the expertise for the business side of their operation. They spend most of their time building the...

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In the Garden

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Fall Perennial Care

By the time you are reading this you may very well have had your first frost. Even if it's still to come, though, the garden is beginning to wane, and perennial flowers are not looking so good. Except for mums and asters, of course. So, I thought I'd...
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Resources

Books

Soil Web It's high time we started looking at the wonders of the soil. Teaming with Microbes: A...

Favorite or New Plant

Oakleaf hydrangea Lovely oakleaf hydrangea shrubs are at peak color, in hues of red-orange to red-purple....
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Regional Reminders

  • Prepare Lawn for Winter
  • Pick Green Tomatoes
  • Plant Bulbs
  • Clean Tools
  • Store Seeds Well

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