Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2012
Regional Report

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The New Sunset Western Garden Book

National News

Western gardeners know this book as their gardening bible. Since the 1930's, growers of all kinds of plants in the many diverse climate regions of the western U.S. have referred to this book for...

Sprinkle Faerie Dust in the Melon Patch

Summer just wouldn't be summer without enjoying the crisp, sweet taste of watermelon. But if the thought of this delectable treat conjures up the image of a large, oblong fruit with a green rind,...

Missing Monarchs

Monarch butterflies are beautiful visitors to our gardens, but over the last fifteen years there have been fewer and fewer making an appearance. During the winter of 2009-2010, the number of...

Make Your Own Wooden Bee Nest

Putting up bird houses so our feathered friends can find a place to raise their young is something lots of gardeners regularly do. But how about providing the same amenities to our native bees?...

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In the Garden


Let Nature Take its Course

My plants are living in their debris. Sounds kind of radical, but in my approach to slow gardening, I'm not spending hours clearing out the dead leaves of perennial plants to make the beds look "nice." I'm redefining my idea of what nice actually is,...
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Web Finds

Permaculture Institute The Permaculture Institute is the resource you need to find out everything about...


Perennial Companions In Small Perennial Gardens: The Know Maintenance Approach (American Nurseryman Publishing...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch for Cutworms
  • Don't Work Wet Soil
  • Repot Houseplants
  • Divide Perennials
  • Harvest Rhubarb

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