Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Grow Fruit Naturally

National News

If you are home gardener growing or thinking about growing fruit, you might fantasize about having an expert like horticulturist and garden writer Lee Reich out in your garden with you, dispensing...

Summer Jewels

Annual salvias are real troupers in the garden. No prima donnas, they are tolerant of dry soil, and boom prolifically in full sun. One of the best is Salvia 'Summer Jewel Pink', a 2012 All-America...

The Value of Bees

All gardeners know that bees are valuable creatures without which many of the food plants we depend on would not bear fruit or seeds. But do you know just how valuable they are? According to a...

Plants and Noise Pollution

Well, corn may have ears, but we know it can't hear! So it seems on the surface that noise in the environment should have little effect on plants. But a recent study done around noisy gas wells in...

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In the Garden


Beautiful Butterflies

Who doesn't love butterflies in the garden? This seems to be a bumper year for red admirals in my garden, and I'm happy to have them even if their larvae do eat my licorice plants. I heard one Japanese gardener refer to butterflies as flying flowers,...
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Web Finds

The Butterfly Site The Butterfly Site is your one-stop website for all information pertaining to butterflies. It...

Favorite or New Plant

Sun Sugar Cherry Tomato I have grown this tomato for years. It hands-down the best, sweetest cherry tomato I have ever...
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Regional Reminders

  • Walk Through the Garden Daily
  • Prevent Mildew
  • Pinch Mums
  • Pinch Strawberry Blossoms
  • Plant Summer Squash

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