Northern & Central Midwest

December, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Compact Magnolias for Early Spring Blooms

National News

Magnolia trees are popular for their flowers, which bloom in late winter or early spring. The trees are majestic and the flowers are colorful, with a unique sweet fragrance. However, many magnolia...

New Ergonomic Kitchen Cutter

It's important to have the right tools when you're working in the kitchen. While sharp knives are great for many jobs, chopping vegetables with a knife can be time-consuming and requires a cutting...

A New Way to Repair Your Dog-Damaged Lawn

Dogs maybe man's best friends, but they certainly aren't friends to your lawn. Dogs urinating on the lawn can cause brown, dead spots. Dedicating a certain area for your dog helps, and watering...

A Clover of a Different Color

White or Ladino clover is usually thought of as a weed in lawns or as a forage crop for animals. However, there are some attractive varieties of white clover gardeners can grow as a ground cover....

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In the Garden

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Issues With Trees

Now that most of the leaves are down on the deciduous trees, it's a good time to take stock of exactly what is going on with the trees. The weather is still pleasant enough to go out and do some scouting for problems. Here are some of the issues you may...
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Resources

Books

The Kitchen Garden Grower's Guide The no-nonsense The Kitchen Garden Grower's Guide , by Stephen Albert (BookSurge Publishing,...

Favorite or New Plant

Magnolia 'Yellow Lantern' This beautiful pale yellow-flowered magnolia is a magnificent focal point in the landscape. It is...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch for Outdoor Bugs in the House
  • Grow African Violets
  • Check Stored Vegetables
  • Set Buds on Christmas Cactus
  • Check Holiday Plants for Pests

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