Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2010
Regional Report

Books

Great Garden Companions
Great Garden Companions by Sally Jean Cunningham
ISBN 0-87596-847-3
This is a wonderful compendium of information on how to really use companion planting to keep pest problems at a minimum and to create situations in which plants help each other grow. The author also gives plenty of information on soil-building, beneficial insect and plants to attract them, and some basically fun ways to make your garden an ecologically sound network of plants and animals.

Favorite or New Plant

Italian Silver Rib Chard
This is an heirloom chard that has been grown for many years by Italian cooks. It is favored for its deep shiny green leaves and bright white ribs. The flavor is mild, and the plant produces healthy foliage from April through October. It only needs full sun and well-drained soil to produce a tasty green that doubles as a beautiful border ornamental.

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