Northern & Central Midwest

September, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Song Bird Kale

National News

Ornamental kale is one of the best plants for adding long-lasting and easy-care color to the fall garden. These sturdy plants keep their good looks long after frost has finished off many autumn...

Downy Mildew of Impatiens

One of the standbys of the shade garden, impatiens has in the past been a pretty trouble-free plant in most situations. Unfortunately, a new disease has arrived on the scene that threatens...

Hardy Geraniums for Fall Color

When it comes to fall foliage colors, we usually think first of trees and shrubs. From the flaming reds, yellows, and oranges of maples to the rich red of chokeberry and the bright yellow of the...

Safe Tomato Canning

As summer winds down, many gardeners are saving the bounty of their vegetable gardens by canning tomatoes. And many of them are using the water bath canning method to process their jars. Water...

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In the Garden

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Beautiful Berries

In spite of our intense drought in the Midwest this summer, there have been some beautiful surprises in my garden. One of my favorites is the color show put on by the wayfaring viburnum. This has made me really plan to add more shrubs with color to my...
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Resources

Books

Organic Gardening The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market...

Favorite or New Plant

Green Zebra Tomato This tomato has become a favorite, although I was wary of a green tomato at first. Not only is it...
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Regional Reminders

  • Get Ready for Lawn Planting
  • Harvest Tomatoes to Prevent Sunburn
  • Leave Christmas Cactus Outside
  • Bring In Houseplants
  • Propagate Annuals for the Windowsill

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