Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

The Perils of Prenatal Pesticide Exposure

National News

More and more evidence is accumulating on the harmful effects of pesticides, herbicides, and other chemical hazards, especially on the health and development of our children. Three recently...

Don't Reach Back

Are you one of those shoppers who reach into the back recesses of the produce display hoping to find the freshest salad greens with the latest expiration date? Well, it turns out that grabbing...

Blueberries against Breast Cancer?

Can the fruits you eat while pregnant have a beneficial effect on your children years into their lives? That's the question that Rosalia Simmen and co-investigators at the Arkansas Children's...

Suburban Lead

Common wisdom had it that gardeners growing plants in urban areas are the ones who need to be worrying about high levels of lead and other heavy metals in their soils. But some recent research by...

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In the Garden


Planting a Wet Site

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 times...
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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 (2007) is an...
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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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