Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Awesome Asters

National News

Asters have long been favorites for the late-season garden. Their cheerful, star-shaped blossoms (the word ″aster″ is from the Greek for ″star″) in shades of white,...

Begonia 'Sparks Will Fly'

Garden impatiens has long been a favorite for adding color to shady spots in the annual garden. But a new disease threat, downy mildew of impatiens, has caused widespread devastation of this plant...

Math in the Garden

We all know plants are amazing organisms, but did you know that some of them have done their math homework as well? Remember back in the dim reaches of high school math class learning about...

Bountiful Beans

If you like to be up to the minute with your garden news, you'll be glad to learn that All-America Selections has just announced the first of its award winners for 2014! Vegetable Award...

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In the Garden


Water Saving Tips

Last year drought was widespread in our region. This year, fortunately, conditions haven't been as dry so far. But drought or no, it's always a good idea to use our water resources as efficiently as possible. Here are a few tips to help you be...
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Web Finds

Identify Insects Insect ID from the University of Wisconsin Insect Diagnostic Lab has great photos of garden...

Favorite or New Plant

Black Velvet Nasturtium These easy-to-grow annuals are velvety black (or dark purple if you must be absolutely accurate),...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch for Fireblight
  • Be on the Lookout for Tomato Hornworms
  • Renovate June-Bearing Strawberries
  • Time to Stop Pruning
  • Make Successive Sowings

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