Northern & Central Midwest

January, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Two-Toned Veronica

National News

Veronica is a mainstay of many perennial flower gardens. It adds dramatic color and form when it blooms in midsummer. While most varieties display spikes of blue, red, pink, or white flowers, a...

Hardiness Zone Map Gets Warmer

Global warming is a hot topic in the news, and with the balmy weather much of the nation is enjoying this winter, many people are becoming convinced that this phenomenon is real. In light of the...

Variegated Paraguay Nightshade

When you mention the nightshade family of plants, most gardeners think of potatoes, peppers, eggplants, or tomatoes. But there is another less well-known ornamental member of this family with...

Spicy Food May Protect Against Cancer

Hot peppers may do more than just make foods tasty and spicy, they also may help kill cancer cells. Researchers at the University of Nottingham in England believe they’ve discovered the Achilles...

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In the Garden

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Plan, Plan, Plan!

Okay, I've been patient and waited until after the first of the year. Now I can begin planning! I certainly have enough catalogs in my hands already, with more appearing every day. I'm ready with my planting supplies and lighting, and will soon have...
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Resources

Web Finds

The NOAA Satellite and Information Service The NOAA Satellite and Information Service is a government organization that offers a great...

Favorite or New Plant

Norfolk Island Pine Norfold Island pines ( Araucaria heterophylla ) are woody evergreens that grow to about 5 feet...
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Regional Reminders

  • Use Poinsettias Outdoors This Summer
  • Keep Your Christmas Norfolk Island Pine
  • Prompt Christmas Cactus to Bloom Again
  • Keep Watering Evergreens
  • Ventilate Cold Frame in Warm Spells

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