Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Perennial Plant of the Year

National News

Each year the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) chooses an easily grown, widely adapted perennial with multi-season interest as its Perennial Plant of the Year. Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack...

Casting Votes, Saving Rivers

River Network is an organization devoted to saving one of the earth's most precious resources -- fresh water. Population growth, climate change, stormwater-caused pollution, and wetland...

Overfed and Undernourished

Here's an alarming statistic. According to a nationwide dietary survey conducted by researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, ″For...

Fighting Plant Viruses with Biomarkers

When you have a pest or disease outbreak in your garden, it may feel like the insects or microorganisms have the upper hand. But scientists are working hard to fight back in ways that are...

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In the Garden


Jump Start Spring with a Cold Frame

I don't know about you, but I'm really antsy to get something started for the garden season. I actually took a peek in my cold frame recently and my spinach is doing splendidly. It won't take long for the leaves to take off and I'll be enjoying fresh...
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Web Finds

Doug Green's Garden Doug Green's Garden is an amusing site with lots of information (and lots of ads). The...

Favorite or New Plant

'Faerie' Watermelon This AAS 2012 Award winner is a winner for all, especially small space gardens. It grows to only...
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Regional Reminders

  • Wait for Dry Soil
  • Spray Dormant Oil
  • Test Your Soil
  • Select Transplants Carefully
  • Cut Back Grasses

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