Northern & Central Midwest

January, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Gardening Made Easy with Seed Collections

National News

It's always lots of fun to browse through seed catalogs and peruse the racks of seeds at the garden store, marveling at the diversity and beauty of all the varied plants you can grow. But...

Please Don't Share the Daisies

We all know how important it is to wash out hands frequently to avoid sharing germs and spreading illnesses. But who would have guessed that bees might be at risk from germ sharing as they fly...

The Cat's Meow of Catmints

Catmints are longtime perennial favorites in the flower garden. Members of the genus Nepeta , they are dependable, long-blooming, and trouble-free, come in a range of sizes and colors, have...

A Rainbow of Color in the Vegetable Garden

With the increasing interest in edible landscaping and the "food, not lawns" approach to cultivation, gardeners want their food gardens not only to be a bountiful source of fresh produce but to...

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In the Garden


Catalog Talk

Now that seed catalogs are arriving on our doorsteps (or in our email in-boxes), it's time to start lusting after the spring garden. My catalogs already have pages turned down so I can go back in a week or so and start placing seed orders. I thought...
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Shows & Events

Chicago Flower and Garden Show The tradition continues at Navy Pier, March 5-13, 10 am to 8 pm (6 pm Sunday, March 13). Visitors...

Web Finds

Urban Farm Urban Farm is a friendly site that provides plenty of information on buying and maintaining...
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Regional Reminders

  • Check for Tent Caterpillars
  • Force Blooming Branches
  • Keep Poinsettias Healthy
  • Salt Walks with Birdseed
  • Give Houseplants Humidity

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