Northern & Central Midwest

February, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Red-Flowering Rudbeckia

National News

Rudbeckia, or black-eyed Susans, are native American wildflowers that have recently gone through a breeding revolution. There are many new selections of this tough, easy-to-grow perennial that...

Online Tool Helps Calculate Carbon Sequestration of Trees

Much of the talk about reducing the effects of global warming has revolved around the amount of carbon dioxide that gets emitted into the atmosphere. One way to reduce CO2 emissions to plant more...

Plants Help People in Hospitals Heal Faster

All gardeners know that plants -- and flowers in particular -- can bring a smile to someone's face. But can flowers be used to help people recover from illnesses? Researchers at Kansas State...

New Sweet Corn with Purple Cob

Nothing is more rewarding than munching on sweet corn harvested fresh from your garden. There are lots of sweet corn types available, from old heirlooms to supersweet varieties. Recently breeders...

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In the Garden

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I Love My Amaryllis!

My amaryllis was a Christmas gift and it just came into bloom. I had no idea it was a double, so what a wonderful surprise! These immense bulbs are absolute treasures, just waiting for someone to give them water and a warm pot to bring them into lovely...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Peruvian Daffodil Hymenocallis 'Sulphur Queen', also called Peruvian daffodil, will surprise you with its petticoat...

Clever Gardening Technique

Use That Sprouting Garlic If stored garlic cloves are beginning to sprout, let them go ahead. Plant them in pots and as...
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Regional Reminders

  • Check Stored Vegetables
  • Keep Feeders Filled
  • Take a Walk
  • Fertilize Orchids
  • Make a New Begonia

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