Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Topnotch Asters

National News

Asters are one of the delights of the fall garden. But there are also asters that add color to the summer garden, even a few spring-blooming species. How to choose among all this horticultural...

And You Think You've Got Garden Problems!

Here at NGA, we're always reminding gardeners, when using any pesticide, fertilizer, or garden chemical, to always read and follow the instructions and precautions on the label exactly. The...

Warming Nights

We hear a lot about climate change and global warming these days, and as gardeners, we wonder not only how these trends will affect the world as a whole, but what it will mean for the plants...

Feel the Burn

After a long day out in the garden weeding, planting, and mowing, it sure can feel like you've burned a lot of calories. But if you want to figure out if you expended enough to earn a big serving...

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In the Garden

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Small Trees of Note

This is a magical point in the summer when the heat is not intolerable, the bugs are still minimal, and everything is at its lushest point. As I look around my yard, I certainly enjoy the full-blown perennial garden, but I'm struck at the beauty of...
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Resources

Books

Gardening at the Dragon's Gate Wendy Johnson has a lyrical, meditative way of writing (she's been a Zen meditator for many...

Clever Gardening Technique

Keep Flea Beetles off Your Eggplants Flea beetles a problem on your eggplants? You can plant a trap crop of Chinese cabbage to draw...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prune Suckers
  • Pick Broccoli Rabe Daily
  • Make a Bait for Ants
  • Uncover Squash and Cucumbers
  • Prune Spring-Blooming Trees

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