Lower South

January, 2005
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Grape Tomatoes
These small, oblong tomatoes appeared on the scene a few years ago and have now become a very popular new item in gardens across the country. The bite-sized fruits are very sweet and flavorful, so if you hope to make it back to the kitchen with any, you'd better plant some extra. The All America Selection 'Juliet', while a bit large to be a true grape tomato, is an outstanding choice, as are 'Agriset' and 'Sweet Olive'.

Clever Gardening Technique

Top-Down Gardening
If you have not tried the "constant mulch" or "top-down" gardening system that's been around for years and recently revamped in books such as Weedless Gardening, by Lee Reich, you are missing out on one of the simplest ways to build a great garden while putting your chiropractor out of business. One of the early pioneers in this technique was Ruth Stout, who wrote several books, including How to Have a Green thumb without an Aching Back and Gardening Without Work. The technique takes a lesson from nature by putting organic materials on the surface and not turning soil upside-down as in the traditional way of preparing soil.

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