Northern & Central Midwest

November, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

2012 Urban Tree of the Year

National News

Generations ago, stately American elms lined the streets in many of our cities and towns, their arching branches creating a canopy of leafy shade. Then imported Dutch elm disease (DED) struck....

Tough Trees for Tough Sites

Trees growing in urban landscapes often have it tough. Compacted soils, reflected heat, planting sites with little soil, lack of water, interference from overhead wires, and lack of maintenance...

Urban Heat Island Effect

Cities are hot places; in fact, they can be islands of heat in the midst of a cooler regional environment. "Urban heat island" is a term that many of us may have heard of, but not fully...

Urban Farming

Trees aren't the only plants to grow in the city. As the interest in healthy eating, local foods, and sustainable agriculture grows, we see not only more and more home food gardening in city...

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In the Garden


Worms are Wonderful!

Have you ever thought about worms? I mean the wiggly ones who can convert coffee grounds, banana peels, and lettuce leaves into garden gold. Worm composting is becoming an immensely popular way to make good use of kitchen vegetable waste. Talk to your...
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Vermicomposting If you're interested in worm composting, The Worm Book: The Complete Guide to Gardening and...

Clever Gardening Technique

Worm Compost Tea Once you have a thriving worm bin and bounteous worm castings, you can certainly use them on your...
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Regional Reminders

  • Clean up the Orchard
  • Pot and Chill Bulbs for Indoor Bloom
  • Begin Dormant Pruning
  • Prepare Soil Now for Spring Planting
  • Take Care of Garden Tools

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