Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Safe Food Preservation

National News

Are you still putting up pickles the way your Aunt Agatha always did? Do you can your beans and tomatoes the way your mother showed you years ago? Although these passed-down recipes and techniques...

Cast Your Vote

Would you like to help pick this year's American Garden Award (AGA) winner and learn about some exciting new plants at the same time? The AGA, administered by the All-America...

Garden to Plate Safety

Handling fruits and vegetables safely doesn't just apply to preservation methods. It starts right when we harvest our fresh produce. Keeping food safe from garden to plate is especially important...

Love Em and Leave Em

It won't be too much longer before leaves begin to change color and fall in many parts of the country. Unfortunately, all that organic matter falling to earth is too often raked up and discarded,...

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In the Garden


Voluminous Vines

Vines are such versatile plants because they take up so little room in a bed, they can be used in the smallest of areas. They soften the harsh lines of a building or fence, offer shade to sit under, and can actually be used to create an outdoor room....
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Favorite or New Plant

'Banana Cream' Shasta Daisy Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum) are endlessly popular and the new variety 'Banana...

Clever Gardening Technique

Twiggy Perennial Supports As you prune your shrubs throughout the year, keep a stockpile of twiggy branches stashed...
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Regional Reminders

  • Don't Prune or Fertilize
  • Pick off Japanese Beetles
  • Mulch Well
  • Let Cilantro Re-Seed
  • Prevent Blossom End Rot

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