Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Gardener's Craft Companion
Bringing the outdoors in is the theme of this 128-page book: Gardener's Craft Companion; Simple, Modern Projects to Make with Garden Treasures, by Sandra Salamony and Maryellen Driscoll (Rockport Publishers, 2002; $22). It contains modern crafts that are easy to make. Wreaths, herb decorations, decoupage and nature printing are some of the projects contained in the book. The illustrations give you an example of the finished project. If you like crafts and gardening, this book is a natural fit.
Clever Gardening Technique
If you have a favorite plant but you want it on the other side of the garden, here is a trick for moving heavy plants. First, dig the new hole. Next, dig up the plant so that as much soil remains around the root ball as possible. Carefully lift the root ball onto a piece of tarp. Wet the ground between the old site and the new so that the plant can slide easily along the ground. Pull the tarp to the new planting site. Using the tarp saves having to lift and carry heavy plants over long distances. Wetting the ground makes it easier to slide the tarp along. As always, water immediately after transplanting.