Northern & Central Midwest

December, 2010
Regional Report

Books

Organic Gardening
The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener by Eliott Coleman (ISBN-10: 093003175X)
This book is fast becoming the gardening bible for organic growers. Whether you're looking to feed your family or take your produce to market, you'll find it inspirational and written in a comfortable, easily accessed, familiar style. It takes the concepts of organic gardening to a new level for those entrepreneurial people who want to make a living at it. It's full of information on nurturing your soil, green manures, tillage, direct seeding, transplanting, weeds, pests, harvest, marketing and season extension. Appendices on tools and the major vegetable crops are included.

Favorite or New Plant

Amsonia
The Perennial Plant Association's plant of the year is Amsonia hubrichtii and I say it's about time! This magnificent perennial is beautiful throughout the growing season and is hardy enough to withstand just about any garden conditions. The fresh green willowy foliage is topped with small, pale blue starry flowers in late spring and summer. Toward the end of summer, when the garden begins to wane, the foliage turns buttery golden yellow, lasting for weeks. Give it average garden soil and partial shade to full sun, and it will reward you with beauty for years.

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