Northern & Central Midwest

January, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Pink-Edged Sea Holly

National News

Sea holly ( Eryngium spp.) is a sun-loving, easy-to-grow perennial that’s hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8. It features 3-foot-tall flower stalks topped with spiny, silvery blue flower heads. The...

A Shovel With Attitude

The Kombi shovel is described as a “shovel with attitude.” One look at it makes you see why. It looks more like a medieval weapon than a garden tool. The Kombi has sharp, deeply serrated edges on...

New Multicolored Dahlia

Dahlias come in a wide variety of colors that gardeners combine to produce a multicolored effect. Now a new variety offers multiple colors on one plant. ‘Changing Colors’ dahlia features flowers...

Best Grass for Low-Nitrogen Lawns

Lawns are ubiquitous in the United States, and most homeowners fertilize their lawns at least once a year, usually with a high-nitrogen product. This has raised environmental concerns because...

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In the Garden


Raise the Humidity

Those of us in the Midwest have been heating our houses for several months now, and this is the time of the winter when houseplants tend to look their worst. They've been in the same dry air that makes our skin itch and our noses raw. They, too, need...
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Web Finds

University of Iowa Transplant Guide This handy Guide to Sowing Vegetable Transplants from Iowa State University is specifically set...

Tool or Gardening Product

Wheel Hoe If you have a large garden, the wheel hoe is a wonderfully efficient tool that allows you to get...
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Regional Reminders

  • Grow Succulents
  • Make Your Own Cloches
  • Give Something Different for Valentine's Day
  • Prepare for Seed Sowing
  • Put Your Garden on Paper

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