Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2014
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

National News

Nutritionists are always encouraging us to add more fruits and vegetables to our diets. What's a delicious and easy way to do this? To combine them, of course! Fruits salsas blend fruits such as...

Year of the Echinacea

If you'd like to grow gorgeous flowers that are easy to care for -- and roll out the welcome mat for butterflies, bees, and birds -- echinacea, commonly called coneflower, is the plant for you!...

Extend Your Growing Season

Now, in the midst of summer's warm temperatures, may not seem like the time to be thinking about the cold weather that will be returning in fall and winter. But if you'd like to continue enjoying...

Jack London Community Day School

The peace garden at Jack London Community Day School is much more than a place for quiet contemplation and peace studies. Students at this year-round program in Valley Glen, California are getting...

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In the Garden


Go Natural!

"Natural landscaping" is rapidly gaining acceptance across the country, and homeowners are clamoring for more of it. This type of landscaping uses hardy native and non-native plants adapted to the local climate and soil to give a cost-effective...
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Web Finds

Wild Ones Wild Ones:Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is a not-for-profit environmental education and...


Natural Landscaping The following two books will be helpful resources for gardeners interested in naturalistic...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch for Blackspot on Roses
  • Divide Oriental Poppies
  • Identify Insects
  • Let Turf Go Dormant in High Summer
  • Prune Suckers and Watersprouts

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