Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Self-Reliant Roses

National News

The rose may be the queen of flowers, but many of the roses grown in gardens today will only look regal when given a toxic regimen of pesticides to ward off disease and insects, along with lots of...

Here Comes the Sun

Annual sunflowers are among the most gratifying plants to grow. Simply stick a few seeds in the ground after the soil has warmed up, and before you know it, the plants are up and racing skyward to...

Get Help Solving Plant Problems

What's wrong with my plant? Is this plant a weed? What insect is this? Are these questions you've asked yourself but been unsure how to answer? The folks at the University of Minnesota Extension...

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Broccoli

Former President George H. W. Bush famously remarked, "I do not like broccoli." Perhaps he'd have liked it more if he ate it sprinkled with sugar. While a spoonful of sugar might help the broccoli...

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In the Garden


Recipe for Stewardship

In this month of Arbor Day and Earth Day, our minds are naturally turned toward all those things we can do to help our environment. One of our responsibilities as lovers of all things natural is to put things in place for future generations. I...
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Web Finds

Growing Magazine The tagline, "The Business of Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables" says it all. Growing Magazine is...


Healthy Soils How to deal with soil may seem a basic bit of knowledge that everyone has naturally, but Healthy...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Easter Lily Outdoors
  • Purchase Easter Lilies Carefully
  • Test Your Soil
  • Don't Bring Home Pests
  • Leave Paper Wasp Nests to Enjoy

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