Northern & Central Midwest
Project BudBurst is a network of gardeners all across the U.S. who monitor plants as seasons change. As a member, you will help along with others to collect data on leafing, flowering, and fruiting of plants to help scientists gain insight on how plants are affected by climate changes. There is no cost to join the effort and the results are available on the website for everyone to see. I particularly love the mission statement in haiku form:
People watching plants
Contributing to research
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Favorite or New Plant
Celebration Swiss Chard
I am in love with Swiss chard, not only for its wonderful nutrition, but also for its beauty as an ornamental. This relative of beets grows best in full sun with well-drained soil. You can start it indoors early and put it out as soon as the weather begins to warm a bit.
A new line this year is called Celebration, which has plants with stems of pink, orange and yellow. Spectacular in the flower border, the dark, glossy green leaves are also chock full of vitamins and minerals.