TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION    1

Chapter 2 GETTING THROUGH WINTER    12

Chapter 3 BASIC YARD DESIGN    23

Chapter 4 SOILS AND FERTILIZER    48

SOILS    48

FERTILIZER    58

Chapter 5 EFFECTIVE WATERING    69

Chapter 6 INSECTS AND DISEASES    84

PREVENTION    85

DISEASES    89

INSECTS    97

Chapter 7 CONTROLLING WEEDS    103

CONTROLLING WEEDS: ANNUAL AND VEGETABLE BEDS    109

Chapter 8 FURRY AND FEATHERED PESTS    115

FURRY PESTS    115

FEATHERED PESTS    124

Chapter 9 PLANTING AND CAREOF DECIDUOUS TREES    129

PURCHASING TREES    130

PLANTING TREES    135

CARE OF TREES    141

PRUNING TREES    144

MOVING TREES WITH A TREE SPADE    152

Chapter 10 USEFUL TREES    154

FIRST TIER TREES FOR THE NORTHERN PRAIRIE    155

SECOND TIER TREES FOR THE NORTHERN PRAIRIE    174

EXPERIMENTAL TREES ON THE NORTHERN PRAIRIE    189

Chapter 11 PLANNING AND PLANTING SHRUBS AROUND THE HOUSE    191

THE PLAN    194

PLANTING AND CARE    199

Chapter 12 USEFUL SHRUBS    207

Chapter 13 EVERGREENS    238

SPRUCE    240

ARBORVITAE    251

JUNIPER    259

PINE    262

OTHER EVERGREENS    266

Chapter 14 HEDGES    268

FORMAL HEDGES    268

INFORMAL HEDGES    272

PURCHASING, PLANTING AND CARE OF HEDGE PLANTS    276

Chapter 15 WINDBREAKS AND SHELTERBELTS    280

QUALITY WINDBREAK TREES    283

TREES TO AVOID IN WINDBREAKS    289

WINDBREAK LAYOUTS    292

Chapter 16 VINES    295

Chapter 17 GROWING FRUIT TREES IN THE NORTH    300

Chapter 18 SMALL FRUITS    328

Chapter 19 ROSES    347

Chapter 20 ANNUALS    364

MAJOR ANNUALS    377

NOVELTY ANNUALS    402

Chapter 21 PERENNIALS    412

PURCHASING PERENNIALS    415

PLANTING AND CARE OF PERENNIALS    416

DISEASES AND INSECTS ON PERENNIALS    420

MAJOR PERENNIALS FOR OUR AREA    421

MINOR PERENNIALS    443

Chapter 22 VEGETABLES ON THE PRAIRIE    457

TOMATOES    468

SWEET CORN    471

SALADS AND GREENS    471

POTATOES    471

ROOT CROPS    472

ONIONS    472

COLE CROPS    473

MELONS    473

CUCUMBERS    474

SQUASH AND PUMPKINS    474

PEAS    475

BEANS    475

PEPPERS    475

GROUNDCHERRIES    475

Chapter 23 THE PRAIRIE LAWN    477

CONTROLLING WEEDS    483

CREATURES    488

LAWN MAINTENANCE    489