Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Late Blight Tolerant Cherry Tomato

National News

Late blight has been a scourge for many tomato growers in eastern parts of the country in the last couple of years. This disease, caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytopthora infestans can...

Potting Soil Safety

Most of the bacteria you might encounter in potting soil and compost is of the beneficial variety, part of a community of microorganisms that helps to make nutrients available to plants and...

The Year of the Zinnia

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2011 to be the Year of the Zinnia. These easy to grow annuals not only provide season-long color, but are available in such a wide range of colors, heights...

Grafting Tomatoes

We've all probably heard of grafting fruit trees and roses, but tomatoes? Grafted tomatoes are becoming popular because they allow fruiting varieties that may not exhibit good disease resistance...

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In the Garden


Eat Locally

I'm so excited -- with our recent thaw, my cold frames finally emerged from beneath the heavy layers of snow. When I peaked inside of one, there were sturdy green spinach plants growing as if they had not been covered with snow and in darkness for...
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Web Finds

Organic Consumers Organic Consumers is truly an activist site. It covers all aspects of life, including a great...


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper Collins, 2007)...
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Regional Reminders

  • Avoid Damping Off
  • Plant Lettuce
  • Plant Onions
  • Clean Up Flower Beds
  • Remove Iris Foliage

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