Northern & Central Midwest

June, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Healthy Lawns and Healthy Lakes

National News

Runoff containing the nutrient phosphorus from fertilizer use is a big contributor to algal blooms and the resulting oxygen depletion in many lakes, rivers and streams. As a result, some states...

Bizarre, Incredible and Beautiful

From pollen to seeds to fruits, you'll see the intricacies of plant reproduction in a whole new way as you peruse the fantastic photographic images in The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants...

The Best Veronicas

There is an incredible variety of speedwells ( Veronica ) for a gardener to choose from, with new offerings from breeders every year. How to choose from among all this horticultural largesse? The...

Invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer is a beetle native to Asia that was accidentally introduced into the U.S. less than a decade ago. It is thought to have arrived in wooden packing materials brought in by ship...

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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 Backyard Market Gardening: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Selling What you Grow by Andrew Lee...

Favorite or New Plant

Great White Fleece Flower This giant beauty ( Persicaria polymorpha ) has become a new favorite, especially streamside. Its...
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Regional Reminders

  • Let Lettuce go to Seed
  • Stop Harvesting Rhubarb and Asparagus
  • Pick Beans Daily
  • Catch Mildew Early
  • Deadhead Perennials

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