Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

October, 2003
Regional Report

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Photos of Ornamental Grasses
This Ornamental Grasses Photo Gallery includes good descriptions of the grasses as well as photos of them in the landscape. Well worth looking into if you are considering using grasses.


Herb Butter
There's nothing like fresh herb butter smeared on a croissant, melted on fresh steamed broccoli, or flavoring a robust baked potato. The herb flavor allows you to use less butter and still get great flavor.

1 tablespoon fresh chopped herbs or 1 teaspoon dried
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter

Knead the herb into the butter. Form into a log and wrap with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator about a month or the freezer for three months.

Best herbs for butter: chives, basil, tarragon, lemon balm, dill, burnet, parsley, and cilantro.


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