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:...

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...

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...

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In the Garden


Exquisite Summer Bulbs

After the daffodils and grape hyacinths are finished and you think bulb season is over, it's time for the glory of those secret bloomers: the tender summer bulbs. Although not hardy like our tulips and jonquils, they can make an astounding design...
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Web Finds

Backyard Conservation If you want to turn your backyard into a nature preserve, or merely do what you can to help...

Clever Gardening Technique

Deep Watering Devices From Your Kitchen Start saving juice, milk, and soda bottles now for deep-watering assistance in the heat of the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Get Your Cold Frame Ready
  • Sharpen Tools
  • Get Seeds Ready for Spring Planting
  • Start Onions, Leeks, and Chives
  • Force Garlic for Fresh Salads

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