Northern & Central Midwest

February, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Snow Pea With a Touch of Gold

National News

Springtime is pea time in the vegetable garden. There’s nothing like the taste of freshly picked English, snap, or snow peas. Although peas are grown mostly for their flavor, now these edible...

New Look in Foxgloves

Foxgloves ( Digitalis ) are popular biennials and perennials with 1- to 4-foot-tall bloom spikes in colors ranging from white to purple. They have colorful mottling in the center of individual...

Fabric Pots Offer Advantages

Every year there are more types of containers on the market. While the trend is toward more decorative and fashionable pots, these may not be the best ones for your plants. Dark-colored plastic...

New Book Plumbs the Truth About Organic Gardening

As organic gardening becomes more common, there are many assumptions about its safety that get promoted by the media. It’s hard to know which organic gardening techniques and products are...

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In the Garden


Ready, Set, Start Those Seeds!

Why do we want to start seeds indoors for the vegetable garden? First and foremost, it gives us a chance to grow unusual varieties that we wouldn't necessarily find available in local garden centers. Couple that with a chance to give long-season crops...
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Shows & Events

Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show The Chicagoland Flower and Garden show breathes spring into the air at its new Rosemont location...

Web Finds

You Grow Girl The sassy You Grow Girl Web site has worked its way into a gardening community of contemporary...
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Regional Reminders

  • Inspect Houseplants for Spider Mites
  • Start Tuberous Begonias Indoors
  • Sow Onions and Garlic
  • Begin Building Projects
  • Scatter Cold-Tolerant Seeds on the Snow

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