Northern & Central Midwest

November, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Colorful Butterfly Bush

National News

The butterflies have flown South and West for the winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking of ways to lure them back into your garden next summer. Butterfly bushes ( Buddleia ) are...

Colorful Book on Plants

While most gardeners enjoy practical books on gardening techniques and plants, sometimes it’s nice to have a book that just wows you. The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants (Firefly Books,...

Don’t Touch Your African Violets

There’s no doubt that African violet plants are beautiful. In looking at and caring for them, it’s tempting to touch the fuzzy leaves and colorful flowers. While most plants can take this...

Bird Feeders Spread Noxious Weeds

Bird feeding is a popular fall activity. People love to watch the birds gathering at the feeder; plus, feeding helps birds survive the winter. However, anyone who has watched birds at a feeder...

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In the Garden


What Am I Going to Do With All Those Leaves?

It's that time. What are you going to do with all those leaves? Let me give you some suggestions! I'm always on my soapbox about adding organic matter to the soil. Leaves are a perfect organic amendment. Shred your leaves by running them over with the...
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Web Finds

Green Planet The Green Planet Web site is designed to educate us about the use of earth's resources,...

Favorite or New Plant

Cut Leaf European Beech Cut Leaf European Beech ( Fagus sylvatica 'Laciniata' or 'Asplenifolia') is a beautiful tree...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch for Houseplant Pests
  • Pot Holiday Tender Bulbs
  • Force Bulbs Indoors
  • Remove Iris Foliage
  • Clean Tools

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