Northern & Central Midwest

September, 2012
Regional Report


Organic Gardening
The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener by Eliot Coleman (Chelsea Green, 1995) is not a new book, but will quickly become your go-to book for answers on just about any vegetable gardening topic. Eliot Coleman is the guru of northern gardening, and his simple, straightforward, yet charming manner will draw you in and make you learn in spite of yourself. He has information first and foremost about making good soil, and also information about rotating crops, green manure, composting, greenhouses, marketing your products, irrigation, and finding good land to begin a market garden.

Favorite or New Plant

Green Zebra Tomato
This tomato has become a favorite, although I was wary of a green tomato at first. Not only is it beautiful with alternating chartreuse and deep lime-colored stripes, but the bright green flesh has a rich tang that is hard to beat for fresh salads and salsas. Add some jalapenos and cilantro and you will have a salsa that will convince you that this is the best tomato to use. Green Zebra's have a lovely sweetness to accompany the zip that makes them stand out from other tomatoes. They do well in garden soil and can also be grown in containers.

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