Northern & Central Midwest

December, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Fragrant Alstroemeria

National News

Alstroemeria or Peruvian lily is a common cut flower often used in floral bouquets. It is a versatile perennial that’s hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8. The orchid-like flowers come in a variety of...

High Nitrogen Levels Reduce Health Benefits of Veggies

Many herbs and spices are known to contain potent antioxidant compounds. However, it’s not always clear how growing conditions affect the levels of antioxidants in plants. Researchers at...

Love at First Sight Rose Video

Roses are one of America’s best-loved flowers. Few home gardeners realize the time, energy, and money that go into breeding and growing a variety for market. A new variety takes years of trials...

Farmers for Hire: New Trend in Urban Gardening

In hard economic times everyone wants to cut costs. While growing your own food can save money and produce fresh, healthy vegetables in your own yard, it does take time and expertise. People in...

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In the Garden


Feng Shui in the Garden

I've been hearing so much in the past few years about the concepts of feng shui, that I thought I'd do a little investigating of my own. This was prompted by a good friend giving me a "lucky bamboo" plant which is one of the elements often listed for...
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Web Finds

World of Feng Shui eZine The World of Feng Shui is an eZine dedicated to the living skills of feng shui. As with any...


Feng Shui for the Garden Feng Shui For Gardeners: Complete Illustrated Guide , by Lillian Too (Element Books Ltd., 2002),...
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Regional Reminders

  • Take Care of Holiday Plants
  • Watch for Low-Humidity Damage
  • Try a Terrarium
  • Enjoy Winterberries
  • Feed the Birds with Your Tree

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