Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Grow an Old-Fashioned Fruit Garden

National News

What's the best way to use your delicious, home-grown small fruits? If you're looking for ideas beyond just popping them fresh into your mouth, as well as advice on growing and harvesting, check...

Get Some Good Vibrations

Evergreen junipers are popular for the low-maintenance color and structure they provide year round in the landscape. But their prickly foliage isn't always fun to work around. But Good...

Gardening in a Drought

Much of the country has suffered in the throes of record –breaking heat and drought or abnormally dry conditions this summer. Keeping a garden thriving when the mercury rises and the rains...

Tasteless Tomatoes

It's not big news that many modern tomatoes don't have the flavor of older varieties, especially those that have been bred primarily for commercial production. But some new research published...

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In the Garden


Expand Your Container Planting Horizons

It may not seem like the usual recommendation for the Midwest, but I'm going to encourage you to put perennials, trees, and shrubs in containers. Not for good, but for accent. It's a great way to add to your landscape and to get the enjoyment out of...
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Shows & Events

Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinner On September 5, the Chicago Botanic Garden presents a Garden Farm Dinner with provisions from the...


Food Production Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm, Starring Marjory Wildcraft (Rooster Crows...
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Regional Reminders

  • Don't Start Pruning Yet
  • Keep Drying Herbs for Winter
  • Stop Deadheading Roses
  • Save Large Zucchini
  • Pick Tomatoes after Rain

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