Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Gardening For the Cure

National News

Smooth leaf hydrangeas ( Hydrangea arborescens ) are adaptable native shrubs that flourish in many parts of the country. And breeders have given us a host of beautiful cultivars to choose from....

A Dangerous Book

Be forewarned. The minute you open The Gardener's Color Palette , you can kiss your savings account goodbye. Because once you get a look at the stunning photographs of flowers by Clive Nichols...

Karmic Justice?

Anyone who gardens in the eastern U.S. is familiar with the Japanese beetle, that voracious consumer of just about anything green in the garden. It is one of the most destructive pests east of the...

A Helenium of a Different Color

Helenium, also known as sneezeweed, has long been a favorite for adding color to the late season garden. The daisy-like flowers with raised centers bloom in autumnal shades of orange, red, russet...

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In the Garden

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Baggin' My Apples

I%ve been diligent about my apples this year. I pruned them extensively in late March, opening them up to plenty of air circulation. I cut off a good bit of wood, and this reduced the crown as well as the number of blossoms, making them a bit more...
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Resources

Books

Backyard Market Gardening: The Entrepreneur%s Guide to Selling What you Grow Andrew Lee ISBN 0-9624648-0-5 If you%ve ever thought about taking produce or flowers to...

Favorite or New Plant

Great White Fleece Flower This giant beauty has become a new favorite, especially streamside. Its huge heads of cottony...
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Regional Reminders

  • Stop Harveting Rhubarb and Asparagus
  • Pick Beans
  • Catch Mildew Early
  • Deadhead Perennials
  • Let Greens Go to Seed

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