Northern & Central Midwest

January, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Tempting New Tomato Varieties

National News

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown across the country, and for 2007 there are some new varieties that should peak everyone’s interest. One of the trends in tomatoes is fruits of...

2007 Perennial Plant of the Year

Each year there are a bevy of perennial flowers to tempt us -- both new and old favorites -- and it can be difficult to choose what to plant. The Perennial Plant Association helps us by naming a...

Gardening With Seniors and Kids

Seniors and kids are a natural combination in the garden. Seniors have years of experience, wisdom, and patience for creating gardens, and kids have the enthusiasm, energy, and strength to help...

Marigolds Thrive With Earthworm Castings

Earthworms are known to be key components of healthy garden soils. They not only aerate the soil with their tunneling, but their droppings or “castings” are known to be a good plant food, as well....

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In the Garden


Adding Color to the Winter Landscape

It's the beginning of a new year and I refuse to let the winter blahs set in. Like everyone else in the country, I'm making a New Year's resolution to get myself in shape. But I'm going to do it by getting my exercise outdoors. We may feel somewhat...
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Web Finds

Clean Air Counts Clean Air Counts is a northern Illinois-based initiative that has been set up to help improve...

Favorite or New Plant

Coral Embers Willow This bright spot in the winter landscape is an easily grown plant that is also readily available....
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Regional Reminders

  • Recycle Holiday Branches
  • Start Seeds for Early-Spring Annuals
  • Keep Florist Azaleas Blooming
  • Take Care of Amaryllis Bulbs
  • Force Flowering Branches

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