Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Stunning Multicolored Clematis

National News

Clematis are perennial climbing vines grown for their flowers that range in color from deep purples, blues, and pinks, to white. A new variety called 'Tie Dye' adds an interesting twist, with...

Updated Garden Primer

Back in the 1980s, Barbara Damrosch’s book, The Garden Primer , was considered one of the bibles of general gardening. It was chock full of information on growing everything imaginable --...

New Golden Grape Tomato

Grape tomatoes have become very popular in grocery stores and farmers’ markets. They resemble cherry tomatoes but are more elongated, less watery, and thicker skinned. While most grape tomato...

Human Hair Disks for Containers

First, there were smart pots, now there are smart mats. SmartGrow mats are woven disks made from human hair that can enhance growth of plants. They’re completely biodegradable, and as they...

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In the Garden


Making Rhubarb More Delicate

It may seem that the cold weather will go on forever, but spring will really be here in a few weeks. In order to keep our spirits up so we're ready for the coming harvest, let's investigate something a little different to make our gardening season even...
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Web Finds

The No-Dig Garden The No Dig Garden Web site is an interesting mix of lighthearted talk about gardening and good...

Tool or Gardening Product

Cool Dirt Tool The Cool Dirt Tool is the answer if you have little storage space. It is a handle with eight...
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Regional Reminders

  • Spray Woody Plants with Dormant Oil
  • Sow Cold-Weather Crops
  • Start Summer Tubers Indoors
  • Fertilize Houseplants
  • Plant Strawberries

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