Yard and Garden
August Yard & Garden Calendar
Take cuttings from plants such as impatiens, coleus, geraniums and wax begonias to overwinter indoors. Root the cuttings in media such as moist vermiculite, perlite, peat moss or potting soil, rather than water.
Hosta
If you're looking for a plant that is winter-hardy throughout the Midwest, excels under shady conditions and has fabulous foliage as well as attractive flowers, then hosta is the plant for you.
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Most people recognize an ant when they see one. There are a number of reasons that this is true. Ants are one of the most abundant types of insect - there are over 12,000 named species. Ants live in colonies made up of lots of workers. Some colonies of leaf-cutter ants contain over 2 million individuals.
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Damsels and dragons and nary a knight in sight! I'm not sure if a lack of knights is a problem because unlike in medieval days of olde these damsels don't appear to be in distress. This is not a fairytale or even a computer role-playing game. It's real nature involving insects known as dragonflies and damselflies.
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Watch closely houseplants that have been set outdoors. They need more water than they did indoors. They can dry out rapidly in hot, summer breezes.
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Reluctantly, it is time to see the end of this year's asparagus and rhubarb harvest.
picture of a double peony flower
To admire a peony in full bloom is a fitting way to celebrate our full arrival into spring and preview a hint of the colors that summer will bring to our gardens. Although it is native to Asia, the peony has become a staple of Midwestern flower gardens - so much so that the Indiana Legislature in 1957 adopted the peony as the state flower.

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