Northern & Central Midwest

December, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Something New Under the Sun

National News

Coleus is great for adding bold, season-long color to garden beds and containers. And now you can get double the color in one easy "seed." Part of the Fuseables® line from Harris Seed, the new...

Arsenic and Old... Apple Juice?

Well, it's not old ladies spiking their homemade elderberry wine with arsenic, as they do in the classic play Arsenic and Old Lace, but it may be even more sinister. According to a new report...

Occupy Green/Red Chile

If you missed the opportunity to rally with protesters over corporate greed and economic inequality in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, here's your chance to join a new movement. Only this...

Black Olive

It may sound like an addition to the appetizer tray, but this 2012 All-America Selections winner is a pepper, and an outstanding ornamental one at that. Although its fiery hot fruits are edible,...

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In the Garden


Eat as Local as Possible

I suppose now that the gardening season is coming to a close, it's only natural to yearn a bit for the fresh vegetables that were so abundant during summer. But we don't have to give up fresh, local food. We simply need to change our attitude a bit, as...
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Web Finds

Beginning Farmers Have you ever found a website that held your attention for days? Beginning Farmers is one of...


Alternative Kitchen Gardens Everyone seems to have how-to books on kitchen gardens these days, but The Alternative Kitchen...
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Regional Reminders

  • Enjoy the Winter Wonders
  • Grow a Hoya
  • Plan the Spring Garden
  • Monitor Poinsettias after the Holidays
  • Keep Cyclamen and Paperwhites Cool

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