Northern & Central Midwest

December, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Sourcing Organic Seeds

National News

For those avid about using organic methods to grow their vegetables, herbs, and flowers, using organically grown seed is a must. However, not all seed companies offer organic seeds so it can take...

Plant Sales Support Medical Research

Perilla is a colorful annual flower that resembles coleus but is more sun and heat tolerant. A newly introduced perilla not only has improved leaf color and texture, it also has a special story...

Amended Compost Holds More Nutrients

Adding compost to your garden soils is a great way to improve water retention and drainage and add nutrients. Making your own compost is the best way to produce large quantities at home, however,...

New Orange Eggplant

Eggplant is a favorite vegetable for grilling, roasting, and using in soups and other dishes. Most commonly available with purple skins, in the last 20 years eggplants have been introduced with...

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In the Garden


Grow Lovely Orchids From Seed

Have you ever thought about how those gorgeous orchids we all love are propagated? It's an amazing process and one that you can even try, as long as you are willing to wait two to five years for your plant to bloom. Up until 1922, growing orchids...
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Web Finds

The American Orchid Society The American Orchid Society is the official place to go for information on orchids. Although...

Favorite or New Plant

Moth Orchid Phalaenopsis, also called moth orchids, are perhaps the easiest for the homeowner to grow. They...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prune Brambles
  • Cover Strawberries for Early Growth
  • Prune Fruits
  • Cover Fall Greens for Early Eating
  • Keep Herbs in Strong Light

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