Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Cloudy Apple Juice More Nutritious

National News

Next time you reach for a bottle of apple juice on the grocery shelves, look for the variety with a cloudy mixture. According to researchers at the Agricultural University of Wroclaw, Poland,...

Unusual Torch Lily

The red hot poker or torch lily ( Kniphofia ) is a South African native perennial known for its dramatic midsummer-blooming, 5-foot-tall yellow or red flower spikes that emerge from the evergreen...

Renewable Peat Moss Substitute

Peat moss is one of the most widely used soil amendments in home gardens. Although peat moss is still abundant in Canada where the bulk of it is produced, there have been concerns about the...

Handy Tool for Cleaning Mowers

One way of extending the life of your lawn mower deck is to clean out the dead grass that accumulates underneath after each mowing. Using a screwdriver or putty knife to clean out the grass can...

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In the Garden


Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes!

Tomatoes are coming in! It seems the luscious sweet-tart flavor and easy culture have made the tomato one of the most popular vegetables to grow in the home garden. The usual image of a tomato that comes to mind is a soft, round, slightly...
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Web Finds

Tomato Bob's Heirloom Tomatoes Tomato Bob's Heirloom Tomatoes is a must-visit Web site if you have any interest in heirloom...


Cooking, Preserving, and Growing Tomatoes The Heirloom Tomato Cookbook , by Mimi Luebbermann (Chronicle Books, 2006; $16.95) is a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Pick Fall-Bearing Raspberries
  • Harvest Eggplants Promptly
  • Freeze Extra Tomatoes
  • Enjoy Asian Pears in Many Forms
  • Deadhead Phlox

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