A few notes from the 2012 Mid America Horticulture Trade Show

Did you know that adding wood mulch to your planting beds every year can cause a lack of nitrogen in your soil? A better alternative is composted leaf mulch. Composted mulch will improve the soil structure as well as increasing biological activity and diversity.

Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm encouraged garden designers to embrace communal planting–notice how plants grow in a natural setting–they weave together.

There are dozens of wonderful growers and nurseries in our area. There seems to be a growing interest in “old-fashioned” plants like lilacs, bearded irises and peonies.

Food gardening spending remains high as we come out of the recession. People are enjoying the benefits of growing their own fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries and reconnecting with the land.

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