Northern Crapemyrtle
The Summer Show Can Extend Well Beyond the South
by Dr. Carl Whitcomb

As I skimmed through some of the State-by-State Gardening Midwest magazines, it occurred to me that readers in Northern states, for example in Zones 6 and 5 and in even especially warm spots in Zone 4, can, if done properly, grow crepemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica). I have a test plot in Ft. Atkinson, Wis., and have had crapemyrtle surviving, growing and flowering the last three years. The first year the plants grew ...   >> read article
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Invasive Invaders
by Pamela J. Bennett

Many species of non-native invasive plants, insects and animals plague the Midwest. Why should gardeners care? Here is what you need to know. Chestnut blight in the early 1900s. Dutch elm disease in the mid-1900s. Emerald ash borer in the early 2000s. Asian longhorned beetle has been discovered in five states with the most recent find in Ohio. The list of invasive species goes on and grows ...   >> read article
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You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression
by Karen Atkins

It might be the first thing visitors see — and your postal carrier is very familiar with it — it’s your mailbox. Is it as beautiful as your garden? Here are some tips to plant a garden at your mailbox. Think about it. It is front and center. Yet most people, even great gardeners, completely neglect their mailboxes. With just a little bit of thought and work, you can greatly improve it.   >> read article
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Bad Storms, Better Trees
by George Weigel

Some years are bad years to be a tree. Tornadoes, borers, diseases, monsoon-like rains and snow storms tag-team to blow down, rot out and crack apart untold thousands of landscape trees throughout the East and Midwest. That puts many a tree-less homeowner in the market for replacements in spring. Future storm-related tree trouble can be reduced greatly by better selection, better siting and especially better planting and care practices.   >> read article
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Step-by-Step - Create a Raised Garden Bed
by Scott Beuerlein

Now is the time to think about all those new garden beds you want to add in 2012. Here is a step-by-step primer on how to construct a raised bed the right way — from the ground up. The simple, cruel fact of ornamental gardening is that even when we do every other facet right, failure is all too common if our soil is bad. Improving our soil from the very start is an absolute must — especially when starting a new bed ...   >> read article
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The Annual Review
by Jim Nau

Just as they review their yearly financial statement, many gardeners do a plant assessment as they consider their gardens for the following year. This is no different than the trialing done at the Gardens at Ball Horticultural. The few new varieties that follow have been chosen from the broad range of annuals (plus one crossover perennial) that are available for the 2012 market.   >> read article
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Tools I Can’t Live Without
by Bobbie Schwartz

When you buy the right tools you can make garden maintenance easier (and less painful). Here are a few must-have favorites. Gardening isn’t all joy. Watching the garden evolve and change with the seasons is one of a gardener’s greatest pleasures but the pleasures also entail a lot of work. Therefore, the avid gardener is always searching for tools that will make maintenance easier ...   >> read article
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Pruning: The When and Why
by Nikky Witkowski

When are you supposed to prune lilacs? How about forsythia, weigela, beautyberry and roses? The biggest question about pruning is when to do it. The most common question I’m asked about pruning is when to prune a plant. There are different ways or reasons, but the biggest mystery usually is the timing. There are three “times” of year I suggest ...   >> read article
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