Garlic is perfect for small-space gardeners with sunny balconies and porches. Begin planting now and look forward to fresh, homegrown garlic in the months ahead.
Don't let an unappealing area or unsightly fixture like a septic tank cover ruin your view of your well-manicured landscape, cover it up! Follow this DIY and build a raised planter customized to conceal a vent pipe, water meter, septic cover and more.
Build shadow boxes for an ever-changing display of flowers and foliage. Use your fence or an exterior wall to create this vertical garden.
See more Simple Tips for your region here. You'll find great gardening advice on caring for your lawn, flowers and edibles, designed to address your specific climate and growing conditions.
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About the Northern Midwest Region
Also referred to as the Upper Midwest, the region consists of Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Here the growing season is short, cool and dry with the most extreme variation between summer and winter temperatures than any other region in the United States. Summers can get up to 100°F and winters below -40°F. Not only does this region have extreme temperature fluctuations, but also varying rainfall. Average annual precipitation varies between 16 to 28 inches, with summer drought common. Fortunately, most of the rain happens during the gardening season. The soil here shows evidence of deposits left from glaciers and is generally sandy. Sandy soil fosters the growth of hardwood trees like sugar maples, yellow birches, conifers and crops including potatoes and strawberries.
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