Northern & Central Midwest

February, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Apricot Zinnia

National News

Zinnias are one of the easiest annual flowers to grow in the garden, and they come in many sizes, shapes, and colors -- from pure white to deep red. Now gardeners have a beautiful new apricot...

A Solution for Heavy Containers

Container gardening continues to be hugely popular, and many gardeners love to experiment with large containers, mixing and matching edibles, flowers, and even small shrubs. However, large...

The Best Daisies

The Shasta daisy ( Leucanthemum x superbum ) is a carefree, widely adapted perennial flower that gardeners across the country can grow. The flowers reach 5 inches in diameter with yellow centers...

Kudzu Contributes to Air Pollution

As if there weren't enough reasons to dislike this ubiquitous Southern weed that is migrating northward with global warming, now it appears kudzu emits gases that contribute to air pollution....

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In the Garden


Planning a Seed-Starting Schedule

It may seem early to be thinking about starting seeds, but depending on what you want to grow, we're not far off the starting dates, especially for some of the flowers that need quite a bit of time under lights. It's time to start planning so you don't...
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Permaculture For the true ecology-minded gardener, Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture , by...

Tool or Gardening Product

Juwel Cold Frame If you're looking for a serious ready-made cold frame, consider the Juwel Cold Frame from the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Gather Seed-Starting Supplies
  • Replace Plant Light Bulbs
  • Plan Trellises
  • Watch for Pest Damage on Woodies
  • Start Pruning

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