Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2013
Regional Report

Web Finds

Identify Insects
Insect ID from the University of Wisconsin Insect Diagnostic Lab has great photos of garden and household pests as well as access to all the state Extension publications about these pests. Organized by common sense categories such as borers, outdoor worms, insects on flowers, even big bugs and odd insects, it makes it easy for non-entomologists to figure out who's who.

Favorite or New Plant

Black Velvet Nasturtium
These easy-to-grow annuals are velvety black (or dark purple if you must be absolutely accurate), and are amazing in the garden or in a vase. Nasturtiums are a snap to grow because they thrive on neglect. They do best in poor soil, have no problem with drought, and want little fertilizing and pampering. These black ones have an intoxicating fragrance, and since they are edible, make a dramatic statement when sprinkled in a salad or used to dress up a slice of cheesecake drizzled with raspberry sauce.

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