Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

January, 2006
Regional Report

Web Finds

Botany.com
The Botany.com encyclopedia of flowers and plants is a comprehensive listing of plants by scientific or common name. It contains clear, precise information, such as descriptions of plants, and plenty of notes about cultivation techniques. It's definitely worth the time to peruse their listings.

Clever Gardening Technique

Shower With Your Plants!
It sounds silly, but it's a good solution to houseplant pest problems. Each time you take a shower, bring a plant with you. You'll be able to give them a good hosing off without soaking the bathroom. Showering off plants once a month goes a long way toward reducing populations of spider mites and aphids. It also removes dust from the leaves, making them look better as well as giving them every opportunity to take advantage of our lower light in winter.

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