Northern & Central Midwest

November, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Hawaiian Taro Plants

National News

The hot summer weather may be long gone, but fall is a good time of year to reflect on what grew well and plan for next spring. Colocassia, or taro, is a tropical plant that has huge leaves and...

Deep Composting

Composting is a great fall activity. Instead of shipping your leaves, grass clippings, and old annual plants to the landfill, they can be used to make a rich soil amendment for your garden. Most...

Creating a Nation of Farmers

It is well-known that there are serious problems with our food system. It’s heavily dependent on fossil fuels, making it vulnerable to rising gas and oil prices. It contributes to pollution and...

Stop Cats from Catching Birds

Cats are cute and cuddly, but they still are felines. Their instincts are to hunt. Many cat owners are horrified to find their cat stalking and killing birds, especially those at the bird feeder....

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In the Garden


Seeds, Seeds, Seeds

As the fall begins to wind down, the leaves are dropping and many trees and shrubs are leaving behind their seeds to start new plants next year. It's hard not to be tempted to help nature along and collect seeds to start plants on our own. Starting...
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The Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook Although The Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook , by Rosemary Alexander (Timber Press, 2006)...

Clever Gardening Technique

Drown Those Pests When bringing in a pot of herbs or a houseplant that has spent the winter outdoors, submerge the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Adjust Houseplants to Indoors
  • Protect Tender Roses
  • Take Care of Containers
  • Get Ready for Birds
  • Bring Tools, Chemicals Inside

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