Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2009
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Crystal Anthurium
The lovely Anthurium crystallinum 'Crystal' has huge velvet dark green leaves with sparkly silver veins. This is traditionally a house plant, but will make a pronounced statement in the outdoor garden. The leaves can be up to two feet across, an amazing tropical accent in the shady garden. Just keep it well watered, and be sure to bring it indoors for the winter. A must-have for the patio and then the dining room table.

Web Finds

University of Nebraska Vermicomposting
The Vermicomposting site of the University of Nebraska Extension is the clearest explanation I've seen on exactly how to start and maintain compost worms. This is a hot area in gardening, and there is a lot of information out there. This site, however is clear, concise and somewhat visual without being silly (definitely a risk when talking about worms). Check it out if you have any interest at all in starting a worm bin.

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