Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Non-Invasive Spirea

National News

Japanese spirea ( Spiraea japonica ) is an attractive and widely used landscape shrub. But like some other garden staples such as barberry, burning bush and Norway maple, it can be invasive in...

Color in the Vegetable Garden

Planting flowers in among your vegetables certainly adds color to the food garden, but it’s not the only way to liven things up. Why not try planting some colorful vegetables to delight the eye as...

Trouble-free Zinnias

Most gardeners love zinnias, with their bright blossoms in all the colors of the rainbow, save blue. There are tall- and short-growing varieties, ones with single or double blossoms- some are even...

‘Prairie Dream’ Paper Birch

With its white, peeling bark and graceful form, the paper birch is one of the most striking additions to the garden. Unfortunately, in landscape settings it is often short-lived and prone to...

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In the Garden


Spring Pruning

It certainly seems that winter's back is broken. Of course, the cold weather may not be gone, but the snow is and the air has a scent of spring. It's too early to get into the garden, but this is the perfect time to take half an hour each day and do...
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Web Finds

Ecology Action The Ecology Action website is the headquarters for biointensive gardening and farming. There...

Favorite or New Plant

'Flamingo' Swiss Chard I've always been a fan of chard, but the breeders are taking it new heights. 'Flamingo' chard has...
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Regional Reminders

  • Spruce Up the Lawn
  • Be Ready to Harden Transplants
  • Plant Spinach
  • Plant Radishes
  • Plant Onions

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