Northern & Central Midwest

February, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Purple Ornamental Pepper

National News

Ornamental/edible hot peppers have become all the rage in the gardening world in recent years. There are numerous varieties available that combine the heat and spice of hot peppers with attractive...

Which Fruits Have the Most Antioxidants?

Every few months it seems there's another news story touting a specific fruit as having high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that have been associated with the prevention of...

Best Bellflowers

Bellflowers (Campanula) are widely adapted, hardy flowers that include more than 300 different annual, biennial, and perennial species. The Chicago Botanic Garden evaluated 89 different perennial...

Compostable Kitchen Bags

Composting is a great way to produce healthy organic matter for the garden and reduce the amount of food scraps and yard waste going to landfills. Many gardeners accumulate kitchen scraps to throw...

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In the Garden


Start Herbs for the Windowsill

It's too early to begin anything for the outdoor garden, but why not get a head start and make yourself feel good by starting some herbs on the windowsill? I still have plenty of dried herbs from last year's garden, but tossing a little fresh basil,...
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Favorite or New Plant

Gallery Art Deco Dahlia If you've ever thought you might just try dahlias, do I have the one for you. I grew Gallery Art...

Clever Gardening Technique

Transfer Seeding Dates (and Re-live Last Year's Garden) Keep old calendars with spring planting and indoor seeding dates. Instead of trying every year to...
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Regional Reminders

  • Do Late Winter Pruning
  • Monitor Houseplant Light Needs
  • Wait to Repot Houseplants
  • Plant Basil for the Windowsill
  • Start Cole Crop Seeds

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