Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Delightful Daisies

National News

Many of the plants we use as annuals in our summer gardens are not botanically true annuals. Instead they are tender perennials, plants that in warm enough climates would return year after year....

2011 Urban Tree of the Year

If you are looking for a medium-size tree that not only has eye-catching blossoms, but it tough and adaptable as well, you might want to consider the choice of the Society of Municipal Arborists...

Basket of Fire

Want some red-hot hanging baskets this summer? Try 'Basket of Fire', the first ornamental pepper that has been bred especially for hanging baskets. Growing about 10 inches tall and 14-18 inches...

Lawn Pesticide Facts and Figures

America's love affair with the lawn accounts for much of the pesticide exposure we and our children and pets receive to in our home environments. According to Beyond Pesticides, a national...

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In the Garden


Is Spring Being Shy?

It's certainly fun to start gardening as soon as possible in spring, but that enthusiasm gets dampened quickly when bad weather comes in and shuts us down. Which it always seems to do in the Midwest. April and May are notorious for freak snowstorms,...
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Web Finds

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) SARE is a clearinghouse for anyone interested in agriculture, on a large or small scale. The...


Life on a Sustainable Farm The Seasons on Henry's Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm by Terra Brockman...
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Regional Reminders

  • Harden Houseplants Gradually
  • Bring out Summer Bulbs
  • Tempt Migrating Birds
  • Plant Container-Grown Plants
  • Transplant on a Cloudy Day

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