Northern & Central Midwest

February, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Spooky New Peppers

National News

Halloween can come early to your garden this year. The Agricultural Research Service of the USDA has developed two new hot pepper cultivars that will add an eerie note to your vegetable or...

More Garden Darkness

Black leaves aren’t the only means of bringing a dusky note into your garden. Some plants have flowers of such a deep color as to appear almost black. One such beauty is the Black Lenten Rose (...

Helping Our Native Pollinators

By now, most of us have heard of the threat to honeybees from colony collapse disorder, a mysterious ailment that can decimate entire hives, and the concern over the impact of this decline on our...

Ocean, Lake and River Friendly Gardening

Ever stop to wonder where all the excess fertilizers and pesticides used on lawns and gardens end up? A lot of it makes its way to nearby waterways, causing pollution and algal blooms that deplete...

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In the Garden

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Starting Seeds

I saw my first robin yesterday. I know there are robins that don't migrate, so this is not such a big deal anymore, but my soul is programmed so that the first robin means the start of spring. Even with a foot of snow on the ground, the sun is different...
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Resources

Web Finds

Weekend Gardener Weekend Gardener . This is a relaxed site that fulfills its name. There is plenty of...

Favorite or New Plant

Meyer Lemon This wonderful citrus plant is ideal for the home windowsill. It needs high light, but will...
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Regional Reminders

  • Try a Fragrant House Plant
  • Get Ready to Repot House Plants
  • Check Stored Bulbs
  • Force Branches
  • Prune

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