Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Iowa County Mandates Purchase of Locally Grown Organic Foods

National News

While many people agree that eating locally grown organic produce is a good idea, one county has put its money where its mouth is. Organic food producers in the Midwest got a big boost recently...

New 3-in-1 Blueberry

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow. The bushes are small and attractive, and given the right soil conditions they can yield a pail full of delicious berries. If you have room for...

Hardy Tree Rose

Tree or “standard” roses make lovely focal points in the landscape, and they lend a formal touch when grown on either side of a doorway or along walkways. While great strides have been made in...

Iris Pot Covers

Container gardening is hot, and the use of decorative pots is even hotter. In some cases, the pots have become even more important than the plants inside them. One growing trend is matching the...

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In the Garden

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Grow Your Own Ferns!

Have you ever considered growing your own ferns from spores? It's actually quite an accomplishment to brag about to your friends. The two things you will need to start with are a fern with ripe spores and patience. Ferns do not have flowers. When...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Chicago Flower and Garden Show The amazing Chicago Flower and Garden Show, March 11-19, at Navy Pier will feature a wide variety...

Books

Perennials For All Seasons Continuous Bloom , by Pam Duthie (Ball Publishing, 2000; $39.95), is a lovely book, arranged by...
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Regional Reminders

  • Start Garden Cleanup
  • Sample Your Soil
  • Wait for Soil to Dry Before Tilling
  • Prune Fruit Trees
  • Fertilize Trees and Shrubs

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