Northern & Central Midwest

September, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh

National News

One of the joys of having a flower garden outdoors is being able to bring some of that beauty indoors. Whether you have a cutting garden from which you can harvest armloads of fresh flowers or...

Frogs and Fungicides

As scientists note a worldwide decline in amphibians, they have come to consider that these animals are perhaps our environment's "canary in the coal mine," giving us early warning of...

Golden "Fire"

Zinnias have long been garden favorites for their bright blossoms and easy culture. But many have one big drawback- susceptibility to fungal diseases. Now gardeners who want a dose of hot color...

All the Dirt on Tomatoes

Tomato season is coming to a close for gardeners in many parts of the country. But until frost hits, it's time to harvest and enjoy fresh tomatoes, and perhaps preserve some of the bounty for...

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In the Garden


Collecting Seeds

At this time in fall, most plants are either finished or on the wane, but many have seedheads still in evidence. This is a great time to collect seeds for starting plants next season. Collect or Purchase You can collect wildflowers, perennials,...
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Shows & Events

Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden November 26, 2010 %%% January 2, 2011 Take a magical trip to a winter wonderland exhibition of...

Favorite or New Plant

Christmas cactus %%%Christmas Fantasy%%% I love my Christmas cactus because it is so reliable even when I neglect it. I love mine because...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch for Pests
  • Choose Holiday Poinsettia Carefully
  • Grow an African Violet
  • Start Amaryllis for Holiday Bloom
  • Bring in Your Worms

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