Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2010
Regional Report

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Northwest Yard and Garden
Northwest Yard and Garden

Although this is not a Midwestern site, the information is universal. It gives clear instructions on water harvesting, and details about how to build and install a rain barrel or cistern system. In addition, the site goes into detail about how to conserve water in the yard and garden.


The Not-So-Big Landscape
Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home by Julie Moir Messervy and Sarah Susanka

The Not-So Big House books are wildly popular in this time of downsizing and pulling into smaller spaces. This offering in the series was written logically to bring the house and landscape into harmony. The book focuses on tying together the outside and indoor spaces in a flowing whole. The authors use all the wonderful features of small landscapes such as borrowing landscapes, creating respite in quiet, private spaces, and living lightly on the land as best we can. Even if you don't intend to change your landscape, this book is a soothing, restful read. And you might just pick up some pointers on the way.


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