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Midwest Gardening

From spring through fall, Midwest gardens are flower and foliage packed.

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Marty Ross has been gardening since she was just a sprout. She lives in Kansas City, where she has a small, densely planted garden designed to attract birds and butterflies. Her monthly gardening column is syndicated by Universal UClick, and she writes regularly for the Kansas City Star. She is a regional editor for Better Homes and Gardens and Country Gardens. Her stories about gardens and the gardening life have been recognized with the Garden Writers Association’s Award of Excellence for writing.

Midwest Gardening: Landscaping that Makes a Difference

You can find great garden ideas close to home: Midwestern landscapes teem with inspiration for garden improvements. Now is the time to plan … and plant.

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Midwest Gardening: Putting Pretty Perennials to Work

Perennial flowers are permanent additions to our gardens: They get bigger and better every year. In a perennial garden there’s always something to look forward to.

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Midwest Gardening: Going Native (or Not) with Shrubs

Hardy native shrubs are great for low-maintenance gardens. But don’t ignore old-fashioned favorites from around the world.

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Midwest Gardening: Terrific Plants for Challenging Conditions

Hardy, adaptable plants have earned their places in Midwestern gardens. They flourish through storm and drought, rewarding gardeners with their great beauty.

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Midwest Gardening: Annuals Are Hot in Pots

Hardworking annual flowers are the perfect plants for summer flowerpots. Pick and choose your favorites and make sizzling, colorful combinations.

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Midwest Gardening: Vegetables for Tight Spots

Vegetable gardens don’t have to be big to be successful. You can harvest an impressive crop from a small plot or even a flowerpot. Now’s the time to plant.

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Midwest Gardening: Making Good Soil Better

Healthy soil supports healthy plants, and improving the soil in your own backyard is easy: Do it one shovelful at a time. Compost and mulch are crucial.

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Midwest Gardening: Shrub Pruning Season Is Now Open

Spring and summer are the ideal times to prune most shrubs. When you go about it thoughtfully, you discover it’s not hard and doesn’t take long.

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Midwest Gardening: It’s Time to Make Room for Roses

Roses belong in every garden. Plant them now—in sunny, well-drained spots—where they can flourish. And give established roses some attention now too.

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Midwest Gardening: Germinating Ideas for a New Year

When the snow swirls, Midwestern gardeners have time to plan for the season ahead. Perennial flowers, shrubs, and homegrown harvests are on my list for 2014.

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Midwest Gardening: Garden Advice for the Ages

Great gardens and smart gardeners flourish in the Midwest’s challenging climate. Gardening rewards everyone, but the more you know, the richer the harvest.

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Midwest Gardening: Personal Prairie

Ornamental grasses are naturally at home in Midwestern gardens. Our native prairies inspire sweeps of beautiful grasses in modern flowerbeds.

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Midwest Gardening: Bundle Up and Enjoy the Season

Autumn is a glorious season in Midwestern gardens. Pull on a jacket and enjoy the bright flowers, sparkling berries, and the harvest of cool-season vegetables.

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Midwest Gardening: Flowerpots for Fall

Freshen up your flowerpots for fall with rich-hue flowers and ornamental and edible greens. They flourish even as the days and nights cool off.

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Midwest Gardening: Step on the Grass

Lush, green lawns are a signature of Midwestern gardens. Fall is the best time to give them the care they need to look great and do their job in the landscape.

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Midwest Gardening: Fall Vegetables Keep on Growing

As the summer vegetable harvest winds down, fall crops take off. Plant a few quick rows of radishes, lettuce, or kale. The bounty is rich.

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Midwest Gardening: Grow Vines on a DIY Garden Support

Give your garden a big lift with a DIY structure for flowers or vegetables to climb on.

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Midwest Gardening: Putting Shrubs to Work

Shrubs are essential elements in Midwestern gardens. They contribute blooms, colorful berries, structure, fall color, and shelter and sustenance for the birds.

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Midwest Gardening: Sizzling Summer Flowers

Hot Midwestern summers don’t slow great flowers down. When the heat is on, zinnias, cosmos, bee balm, and others are at their colorful best.

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Midwest Gardening: Perennials Have It Made in Dry Shade

Dry shade is a challenge for plants and gardeners, but lots of shade-loving perennials need no pampering and flourish lushly in these tough conditions.

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Midwest Gardening: Graceful Groundcovers

Look beyond traditional groundcover choices and you’ll discover that many hardy plants fill the role. The unexpected makes a garden more interesting.

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Midwest Gardening: What’s New in the Neighborhood?

Keeping an eye on gardens in the neighborhood introduces you to new plants and possibilities for your own backyard. Good ideas spring up everywhere.

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Midwest Gardening: Herbs Close at Hand

Herbs thrive in pots, so it’s easy to pick fresh herbs all summer long when you plant these culinary delights in a nearby planter box.

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Midwest Gardening: Pest Control the Easy Way

Integrated management techniques help solve pest problems of all kinds. Pick off caterpillars, invite birds into your garden, and get to know dog walkers.

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Midwest Gardening: Annuals and Bulbs Line the Path to Spring

Spring-blooming bulbs and cool-season annuals make the first big splash of spring. Public gardens are full of ideas to take home to your own backyard.

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Central Midwest Gardening: Cultivate Easygoing Plants

For a beautiful garden without a full-time commitment, consider hardy shrubs and undemanding perennials.

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Midwest Gardening: Let Your Garden Determine the Season

Let your garden, the birds and the weather be your guide to the seasons: Midwestern gardeners know very well that the calendar doesn’t always get it right.

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Midwest Gardening: Freshen Up Flowerbeds in Spring

Get ready for a glorious spring—with a little bit of pruning, raking and garden cleanup.

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Midwest Gardening: Cultivate a Big Harvest in a Small Space

Vegetable gardening in small spaces is rewarding and easy. Pots and small-scale raised beds are big enough for an impressive harvest from spring through frost.

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Midwest Gardening: Easy, Edible Houseplants on a Windowsill

Microgreens are easy to grow on windowsills, and they’re ready to eat in days. Even in winter you can harvest an abundant crop.

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Midwest Gardening: Resolve to Garden Smarter in 2013

Smart choices make a garden more beautiful and inviting. This year plan to make these improvements to your Midwest garden.

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Central Midwest Gardening: Gardening Thru the Seasons

Planting for flowers, fragrance, food—and for the birds—keeps Midwest gardens interesting through the changing seasons.

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Central Midwest Gardening: Gardening Calendar

Follow this month-by-month calendar of gardening tasks to determine what to do when in your Central Midwest garden.

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Central Midwest Gardening: The Taste of Spring

You dont have to be a farmer to harvest a big crop of delicious vegetables. Lettuce, broccoli, radishes & other crops flourish among the flowers & thrive in pots.

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Upper Midwest Gardening: An Upper Midwest Garden in 2012

Growing through the seasons, Rebecca Kolls shares what she loved in 2012, tips learned along the way, and exciting new plant varieties.

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Garden Tips for the Upper Midwest

Extra work now will save you time in the long run. Here are some gardening tips to make your Upper Midwest garden grow beautifully.

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Upper Midwest Gardening: Gardening Calendar

Wondering what gardening tasks need to be done and when? Upper Midwest garden contributor Rebecca Kolls shares her to-do list.

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Upper Midwest Gardening: Spring Containers

Get your spring fix with a fresh basket of blooms. Plant this easy combo for a welcome Upper Midwest spring treat.

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