Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2004
Regional Report

Books

Weeds In My Garden
Weeds In My Garden, by Charles B. Heiser (Timber Press, 2003; $22.95), is a comprehensive look at the plants gardeners love to hate: weeds. The author has spent a lifetime dealing with weeds, beginning in the 1940s. His passion and knowledge of the subject makes for compelling reading. Each weed is listed with its virtues and history. There are color photos and beautiful line drawings of the plants listed. Know thine enemy!

Clever Gardening Technique

Container Planting Tip
If you plant in containers, here is a tip you can use to save a little money. The roots of most annual flowering plants only grow 8 to 12 inches deep into the soil. If you are planting in a large, deep container, there is no need to fill it with soil all the way to the bottom of the pot. Styrofoam packing peanuts are perfect for taking up space at the bottom of a pot. Any kind of styrofoam packing may be used, so long as it fits in the pot. Cover the styrofoam with landscape fabric or plastic window screen to prevent the soil from falling through. Add fresh potting soil on top of the fabric and plant. This tip not only saves you money on potting soil, it also reduces the weight of heavy containers.

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