Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

South Pacific Canna

National News

It's not too early to begin planning next year's garden, so canna enthusiasts and those looking to add tropical flair to their gardens will be pleased to see the announcement of one of the 2013...

Seed Saving and Starting

Are you interested in developing a tomato that is bred to thrive in the particular conditions found in your own home garden by selecting and saving seeds each year? Maybe you'd like to save seeds...

Conserving Bumblebees

We hear a lot these days about colony collapse disorder and the problems facing honeybees. But many folks are not aware that our native bees are struggling as well. The nearly fifty species of...

Unraveling the Mysteries of Tomato Genetics

After years of work by scientists from around the world, the Tomato Genome Consortium announced that the full genome of the tomato has been decoded, specifically that of the variety 'Heinz 1706',...

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In the Garden


A Night Garden

After a sweltering day recently, I stepped out at night hoping for a cool breeze. I was absolutely bowled over by the white flowers in my perennial garden. By avoiding the heat outside, I'd missed the fact that my white lilies were in full bloom,...
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Evening Gardens The Evening Garden: Flowers and Fragrance from Dusk till Dawn by Peter Loewer (Timber Press,...

Favorite or New Plant

Black Velvet Nasturtium I'm not looking to plant a Goth garden, but these nasturtiums have taken hold of my fancy. They...
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Regional Reminders

  • Pick Green Beans Young
  • Store Tomatoes and Eggplants at Room Temperature
  • Pick Ripe Elderberries
  • Check Containers for Moisture
  • Water Deeply

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