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Midwest Regional Reports

  • Midwest Regional Reports

    Bold Tender Vines for Your Summer Garden

    Certain vining plants, or those that can be trained similarly, provide many functions in the garden. Vines may perform the role of a spiller in a mixed arrangement. Their flexible…

  • Midwest Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Seasonal Combo – Midwest

    1. Red Fox katsura tree Name: Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Rotfuchs’ Zones: 4–8 Size: 40 to 60 feet tall and 25 to 50 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; prefers…

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    Turn Old Wood Into Useful Garden Structures

    As another muddy Midwestern March begins, we’re often rounding the bend on our winter pruning tasks and looking for more creative garden projects. We also may be surrounded by piles…

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    March Garden To-Do List for the Midwest

    As the seasons shift from winter to spring, meteorological patterns in the Midwest vary considerably. Looking at historical norms will help inform decisions regarding the appropriate time to conduct certain…

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    Designing With Red in the Midwest

    Even the most intrepid gardeners might admit a fear of the color red, especially us easy-going and mild-mannered Midwesterners. Red’s energy carries connotations of warmth, passion, and even danger. In…

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    Midwest: February Garden To-Do List

    Consider plants for winter interest. As Midwestern winters bring more frequent episodes of heavy snow, ice, and winter rain, the garden can look pretty bedraggled by February. Visit your local…

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    Gardening Book Recommendations for the Midwest

    Although our gardens may be down for a long winter’s nap, that doesn’t mean gardeners should enter complete dormancy. Considering new gardening possibilities and challenges offers mental engagement in winter.…

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    Midwest: January Garden To-Do List

    Take care of the birds. Bird watching from the comfort of your home brightens many a winter day. It's OK to place feeders close to the house, but avoid placing…

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    Dealing With Excessive Rain in the Garden

    The National Climate Assessment reported in 2014 that storms have been dumping more and more rain, with some parts of the United States experiencing a 70% increase in the amount…

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    Preventing Winter Damage in the Garden

    Here in the Midwest, we all remember the winter of 2018 as being a pretty tough one, with lots of snow and ice and polar vortex conditions that sent temperatures…