Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2004
Regional Report

Books

1001 Ingenious Gardening Ideas
1001 Ingenious Gardening Ideas, edited by Deborah Martin (Rodale Press, 1999; $27.95) is not a new book, but one I pull out every spring and savor. It is full of good ideas collected from other gardeners: things that work, save time, and make gardening more successful. One example: Plant a double row of sunflowers or hollyhocks to hide a working compost pile. Another: Poke holes in a straw bale, fill with compost, and plant vining flowers or vegetables for an instant raised bed.

Local Buzz

Project Orange Thumb
Fiskars opens 2004 Project Orange Thumb, a grant program to provide community garden groups with tools, plants, and materials they need to reach their goals for neighborhood beautification and horticultural education.

In its initial year, more than 100 Chicago-area community gardeners -- ranging from children to seniors -- participated in the garden projects sponsored by Project Orange ThumbSM. Members of community garden groups can apply for 2004 Project Orange ThumbSM grants at http://www.orangethumb.fiskars.com. Deadline for entries is March 15.

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