Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Lawn Gone

National News

If you've been thinking about making your landscape more sustainable by reducing the size of your lawn or eliminating it altogether, but are unsure where to start, turn to Lawn Gone! Low...

Raspberry Shortcake

If you thought that fending off prickers was the price to be paid for homegrown raspberries, think again. Monrovia's new Raspberry Shortcake™ dwarf thornless raspberry lets you enjoy a...

Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?

It may not be breaking news that monarch butterflies are in decline, but the most recent population figures for this beautiful butterfly are especially alarming, according to an article in the New...

Bees with a Buzz

Can't get going without the buzz from caffeine in your morning cup of joe? You may have more in common with honeybees than you might guess! It turns out that bees get a buzz from caffeine too --...

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In the Garden

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Xeriscaping

In these days of fairly widespread drought, we're all fairly cognizant of the need to conserve water. But we also want our plants and landscapes that make us feel so good. There is a way to conserve water but still be able to have a beautiful landscape....
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Resources

Books

Fifty Shades of Kale There are countless previews available for Fifty Shades of Kale: Fifty Fresh and Satisfying...

Clever Gardening Technique

Make Creative Plant Labels While you have time indoors, make garden markers. Write the garden plant names on flat stones...
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Regional Reminders

  • Set up Cold Frames
  • Transplant Seedlings Early
  • Start Garden Clean-up
  • Don't do Anything to Emerging Bulbs
  • Prune on Warm Days

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