Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Go Back to School and Grow Green

National News

Youngsters may be looking ahead eagerly to the start of summer vacation, but perhaps gardeners should be thinking about going back to school -- to the Lawncare University, that is. Lawncare...

Better Biocontrol in the Future

While none of us want to see our gardens decimated by insect pests, few of us want to control pests with toxic sprays that can harm us and the environment. So it's encouraging to learn of the...

Vanishing Farmland

Our country is so vast that it's easy to think we don't have to worry as housing developments and highways spring up to cover the land. But figures released by the American Farmland Trust...

Fothergilla Favorites

Ask a gardener to describe the ideal landscape plant and he or she is likely to list easy care, multi-season interest, and freedom from insect and disease problems. Well, that is also a good...

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In the Garden


It%%%s fun and easy to plan a landscape for the perfect site %%% one that is well-drained yet has plenty of moisture, is fairly level, has some sun and some shade. Best of all, this type of site lets you go wild with plant choices. But how many...
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Web Finds

Rain Garden Plants Do you have an ideal spot for a rain garden? Or do you simply want to add one of these...


Building a Rain Garden The Blue Thumb Guide to Rain Gardens by Rusty Schmidt and David Dods Dan Shaw is an approachable...
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Regional Reminders

  • Grow Veggies in Containers
  • Harvest Asparagus and Rhubarb
  • Buy a Rain Gauge
  • Plant Succession Crops
  • Plant Warm-Season Annuals

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