Northern & Central Midwest

December, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Black Velvet Petunia
I've never been a huge fan of petunias, simply because they seem so common. However, this past year Ball Horticulture introduced the Black Velvet petunia and I'm hooked. It truly looks like black velvet, except in bright sun where you can see hints of deepest purple. It is scented sweetly at night and the black color goes with everything! I planted them in white and fuchsia colored pots, and they were stunning. Petunias love full sun, dry soil, and basically nothing else. They are simply the easiest plants around since they are drought-tolerant, have few pests, and thrive on neglect. I will never be without petunias again, especially the black ones.

Web Finds

Veggie Harvest
Veggie Harvest is a bare bones website that give a wealth of information on growing and harvesting vegetables, herbs, and even hydroponics. The articles are well-written and concise, and it is one of the best sites I've found for definitive information on harvesting.

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