Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Perennial of the Year

National News

Each year the Perennial Plant Association highlights a perennial plant that fits the criteria for plant of the year. Winning plants are widely adapted, have multiple seasons of interest, are low...

Reduce your Carbon Footprint by Mowing Less

Many people are interested in reducing their carbon footprint in an effort to save energy and limit global warming. While driving less is one of the most obvious ways to do this, mowing your lawn...

New Soil-Moisture Monitor

Knowing when to water containers is often a head-scratching proposition, especially for new gardeners. While it’s important to not let your container plant dry out, the bigger problem is often...

Want to Be a New Farmer? Start Here

Small farming is on the rise. The USDA estimates there are more than 300,000 new farms in the U.S since 2002, with many being run by younger people. All those new farmers are looking for...

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In the Garden

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Isn't Every Garden a Kitchen Garden?

We hear a lot these days about saving money by growing our own vegetables. This is a great thing to become involved in, and the best part is that you needn't plant five acres to have a garden. Kitchen gardens are rising in popularity and don't take...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Crystal Anthurium The lovely Anthurium crystallinum 'Crystal' has huge velvet dark green leaves with sparkly...

Web Finds

University of Nebraska Vermicomposting The Vermicomposting site of the University of Nebraska Extension is the clearest explanation...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prune Fruit Trees
  • Spray Dormant Oil
  • Check Soil Before Working the Garden
  • Prune Roses
  • Pot Up Summer Bulbs

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