Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

A Pinch of Salt for Tasty Tomatoes?

National News

A tomato ripe from the garden needs little more than a sprinkling of salt to make it a mouthwatering treat. But could a pinch of salt while it's still in the ground make it even tastier?...

Getting the Lead Out

As interest in eating locally grown and organic foods increases, so does the number of urban food gardens. Whether in backyards or community garden plots, more and more urban residents are trying...

Ideal Inkberries

More and more gardeners are turning to native plants for their landscapes. One such choice is the adaptable inkberry ( Ilex glabra ), a broad-leafed holly with glossy, deep green leaves and white...

Finding Farmers Markets

We can all benefit from the taste and nutrition of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. But if you can't grow your own, or you don't have the space to grow all you need, a farmers market brimming...

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In the Garden


Unpredictable Gardens

I don't know what I'm going to do. Everything in my yard is blooming! The problem is that it's two weeks earlier than last year. That normally wouldn't be a problem, but our house is on the garden tour this year. So, I'm in one of my periodic episodes...
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Soil Health Healthy Soils for Sustainable Gardens (Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide) ed. by Niall...

Favorite or New Plant

'Winter King' Hawthorn This magnificent tree has the best of all hawthorn characteristics. Yes, it has thorns, but not...
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Regional Reminders

  • Mushrooms in Mulch
  • Note Perennial Bloom
  • Watch for Iris Borer Damage
  • Eat Some Weeds
  • Weed, Weed, Weed

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