Northern & Central Midwest

October, 2013
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

'Siam Queen' Basil
If there truly is a plant for all things, 'Siam Queen' basil comes close. It is an amazingly fragrant and succulent herb for Thai cooking and is a beauty in the flower garden as well. It has purple stems and purple flowers the entire season, with shiny medium green leaves that remain pristine because insects don't like the taste! This plant will thrive in full to partial sun as long as it is watered regularly. It does best in poorer soils which intensify the flavor. At this time of year, drying it in the dehydrator fills the room with delicious scent better than any potpourri. Start some indoors next spring.

Shows & Events

Grow and Maintain Your Own Apple Trees Workshop
Learn all about growing apples in your own yard at this Minnesota Landscape Arboretum workshop on Saturday, October, 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Arboretum's Horticulture Research Center. Peter Moe, Assistant Director of the Arboretum will tell you which varieties perform the best, from Wealthy to Honeycrisp, and why dwarf trees are the best choice for home gardeners. Discover how to properly plant and prune your trees and how to control pests using organic techniques. You'll take a tour of the University of Minnesota's own orchard, where the first Honeycrisp still produces fruit, and get to take home a few delicious examples of Minnesota-hardy apple varieties. $40 member/ $55 non-member includes Arboretum admission and a sampling of apples. The Arboretum is located at 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska. For more information or to register go to http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/gardeningclasses.aspx or call 952-443-1400.

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