Northern & Central Midwest

January, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Two Bright New Echinacea

National News

Echinacea have become the trendy flower. Every year there seems to be new varieties on the market stretching the imagination of what's possible with this hardy, native perennial. Breeders have...

The New Revised Pruning Book

Pruning is one of the most essential and intimidating tasks a gardener can do. The best way to learn pruning is to have someone walk you through it step by step for each plant. That may not be...

New Colorful Crape Myrtle

Crape myrtles are considered the lilacs of the South. These beautiful, small trees feature attractive, lilac-shaped flowers that bloom from mid-summer until frost as well as exfoliating bark for...

Smaller Lawns for Some Cities

Parts of California have been in drought for the past three years and the lack of water is starting to cause lawmakers to take extreme measures. One of the biggest sources of water usage is the...

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In the Garden



My great experiment this year is going to be mushrooms. The kits are all the rage and since I just have to be in on the latest and I have a tremendous love of mushrooms of all kinds, it seems the right thing to do. Aside from the delicious flavor,...
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Web Finds

Fungi Perfecti Fungi Perfecti is the Web site of a company that supplies mushroom-growing supplies and a vast...

Favorite or New Plant

Shasta daisy 'Ice Star' I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Shasta daisies, but I've never been fond of the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Make Your Indoor Seed-Starting Calendar
  • Plan for Outdoor Seeding
  • Note Plants with Winter Interest
  • Gather Supplies
  • Grow Some Succulents

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