Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

January, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Green Hour
The National Wildlife Federation has created this Green Hour Web site to encourage parents to give their children a "green hour each day." This refers to some time with unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. There is a good bit of information floating around about how spending time outdoors or interacting with nature increases physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This Web site offers suggestions, tools, links, and inspiration to help parents.

Tool or Gardening Product

Istor Sharpening Tool
The Istor sharpener, which is made in Switzerland, is one of the best sharpening tools on the market. It has two precision sharpening edges that are bonded into an aluminum handle. It's easy to use and requires little pressure to give a nice edge to knives, pruners, loppers, hedge shears, and kitchen knives. It is available for about $12 at:


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