Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

October, 2000
Regional Report


Growing Perennials in Cold Climates
Growing Perennials in Cold Climates, by Mike Heger and John Whitman (Contemporary Books, 1998; $50), offers clear, in-depth information about the most popular - and some not so popular - perennials. This book includes good descriptions of the plants and how to grow individual plants, as well as general information about planting and caring for perennials. It also gives useful information on the latest cultivars.


Mashed Potatoes and Squash
Sshh! Don't tell the kids! This is a dish with superb flavor and a vitamin punch like no other. Mashed potatoes go over well in any house, but with winter squash? Believe me, they'll love it!


one large butternut or delicata squash

4-5 medium baking potatoes

1 clove garlic, minced

milk and butter to taste


Cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, and place the squash cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake at 350F for about 35 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the squash (check for doneness with a fork - it should be very tender). Remove from the oven and let it cool. Scrape the flesh into a bowl and mash it.

Peel, cube, and boil the potatoes with the garlic until tender. Drain and mash them, adding some milk and butter to taste. Combine one part squash to two parts mashed potatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 4 to 6


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