Northern & Central Midwest

January, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Best Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners

Are you sometimes overwhelmed by the number of vegetable varieties available? Wouldn't it be great if you could know, before you plant, which varieties will perform best in your area?...

Fish Emulsion Stops Damping Off

If you've ever started seeds, you've undoubtedly experienced having seedlings suddenly keel over at the soil line. This condition, called damping off, is typically caused by two different fungi:...

Antique Roses for the South

Antique roses continue to be the rage across the United States. However, most information on the best varieties to grow is geared towards gardeners in cooler climates, such as...

Sweet Road Salt

‘Tis the season for ice and snow in most parts of the country. As any gardener knows, rock salt used on roadways is effective at deicing the pavement. However, it also harms lawns and roadside...

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In the Garden


Watch out for Houseplant Pest Explosions!

Now that our houseplants have been indoors for several months, they should be finally settling into their new surroundings. Several of my more touchy plants dropped most of their leaves, so I've pruned them back and will see what happens. Even...
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Favorite or New Plant

African Mask African mask ( Alocasia x amazonica ) has dark green, almost black, velvety leaves with silvery...

Clever Gardening Technique

Use Moss to Prevent Damping Off Milled sphagnum moss is an inexpensive way to prevent the scourge of seedlings: damping off....
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Regional Reminders

  • Treat Your Cyclamen With Respect
  • Keeping Poinsettias
  • Time to Think About Starting Seeds
  • Do Occasional Pruning When Weather Permits
  • Choose Your Deicing Material Wisely

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