Northern & Central Midwest

December, 2007
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Tasmanian Angel Bear's Breeches
I've fallen in love with this new plant from Terra Nova Nurseries. It has beautiful bold leaves with white margins and marbling. Best of all, it has some green leaves and some variegated leaves at the same time. Unfortunately, it is a Zone 7-10 plant. However, I love it so much that I'm going to store it indoors and see if it comes back. Otherwise, I'll just grow it as an annual. It's too good to pass up. Give it fertile, organic soil in partial to full shade.

Tool or Gardening Product

Enki Super Oxygenating Watering Can
I have to admit I haven't tried this yet, but I'm very tempted, even at the cost of $99. The pot is a 1-gallon lightweight watering can fitted with a metal plate that, when plugged in and electrified, produces millions of tiny oxygen bubbles that super-saturate water -- up to 150 percent oxygen saturation. The water remains super-oxygenated for about three hours. Tests at the University of Minnesota showed 28 percent more petunias, 76 percent more geranium flower weight, and a 58 percent better yield on peppers.

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