Northern & Central Midwest

June, 2009
Regional Report

A Night Garden Will Entrance

Plant a night garden. Use flowers with white, cream, or yellow flowers such as phlox, Shasta daisy, alyssum, and nicotiana. Add silver and gray foliage plants such as dusty miller and artemisia and chartreuse-leaved hostas. Add evening-scented plants such as night-blooming stocks, four-o-clocks, and oriental lilies.

Prevent Cucumber Beetle Damage

To protect cucumber vines from cucumber beetles, cover newly emerging plants with polyester row covers to protect them. Remove row covers as soon as blossoms appear to allow pollinating insects access to the flowers. Plant nasturtiums alongside to vine with the cucumbers as a repellant.

Get Rid of Moss in the Lawn

If you have moss in your lawn, it indicates that the soil beneath the grass roots is infertile, poorly drained or compacted, or that the lawn is in excessive shade, or has poor air circulation. Poor turf growth allows moss to thrive. You can hand rake to get rid of the moss, but a permanent solution requires fixing the cultural issue.

Be Ready to Mulch

Get your mulch ready. Don't let warm, dry weather sneak up on you. Have straw ready for the vegetable garden, shredded leaves or finely shredded bark for the flower garden, and coarse shredded bark or chipped wood for trees and shrubs. Water the soil well before applying.

Plant Pumpkins

Plant pumpkins and winter squash. The soil should be warm enough now, so plant in hills allowing about 50 square feet per hill. Plant seeds one inch deep (four or five seeds per hill). When the young plants are well-established, thin each hill to the best two or three plants.

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