Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Sweet Roses Make For Sweet Dreams

National News

Beautiful, fragrant roses make most people happy, and now research is suggesting that fragrant roses may also make our sleep happier by stimulating happy dreams. Researchers in Germany analyzed...

Grow Figs in a Pot

Fresh figs are a treat, especially if you eat them right off the tree. However, most varieties are only hardy to USDA zone 8 (although the roots of some varieties are hardy to USDA zone 6). In...

Birds Eat More Weed Seed in Organic Fields

It's thought that organic farms have lots of bird and wildlife activity because of the lack of harmful chemicals that are sprayed on the fields. Birds, in particular, are welcome because they are...

Vacation Plant Treatment to Resist Drought

Summer vacations are often a tough time on plants, and can be challenging for the gardener, too. You have to get a neighbor, friend, or relative to come in and water the plants or take a chance it...

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In the Garden


Bring in the Beneficials

With all the talk these days about being "easier" on the earth, many of us are re-thinking our use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. The key to growing a successful garden without too much intervention is to help the garden reach an ecological...
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Garden Maintenance If I had one garden book to use and nothing else, The Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook , by...

Favorite or New Plant

Calico Ornamental Pepper Ornamental pepper 'Black Pearl' is a beauty but new 'Calico' is even prettier. Its variegated...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch for Aphids on New Growth
  • Pick Strawberries Daily
  • Plant Warm-Season Crops
  • Bring in Hummers
  • Check Plant Roots When Buying

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