Northern & Central Midwest

January, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Best New Flowers

National News

Every spring, garden centers are filled with new varieties of brightly colored annual flowers. Here are some of the best new choices available for planting this year. ‘Zowie! Yellow Flame’...

Organic Rules?

When does "organic" not mean "organic?" When the labels aren’t clear. The growth in the organic food industry continues to climb at about 20 percent per year. However, when shopping for organic...

New Red-Leaved Peach

Fruit trees are not usually known for their ornamental foliage, but this new dwarf peach is an eye-catcher in any yard. ‘Bonfire’ ornamental peach ( Prunus persica ‘Bonfire’) has long, thin dark...

New Environmentally Friendly Wood Treatment

Wood pressure-treated with CCA has been pulled from the market for its leaching of toxic chemicals into the environment. Substitutes such as recycled plastic wood and wood pressure-treated with...

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In the Garden



I suppose I've always had a love affair with citrus plants. Not only do I love the taste of lemons, limes, and oranges, but I also think the plants are among some of the most beautiful houseplants there are. They are very easy to grow indoors, and,...
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Web Finds

Seed Savers Exchange Seed Savers Exchange is a wonder of information, not to mention a ready resource for heirloom...

Tool or Gardening Product

Little's Good Gloves Like most gardeners, I'm constantly on the lookout for a good pair of gloves. I remember...
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Regional Reminders

  • Let Ice Melt Off Trees
  • Check Perennials for Heaving
  • Take Care of Amaryllis Year-Round
  • Put Houseplants Under Lights
  • Keep Paper Whites Stocky

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