Mid-Atlantic

March, 2005
Regional Report

Web Finds

Visit a Rose Garden
The All-America Rose Selections (AARS) display gardens are open to the public and can be located using the search feature on the Public Gardens page of the AARS Web site. These special rose collections show off the AARS award-winning roses, helpfully labeled for reference. Some of the gardens may be new to you. For example, there is a display rose garden at the amazing Prabhupada's Palace of Gold (described as America's Taj Mahal) in West Virginia.

Clever Gardening Technique

Make a Cloche With Recycled Milk Jugs
Cold-sensitive spring transplants, such as tomatoes and peppers, may need a little extra protection on nippy nights and extra chilly days. They also appreciate warm soil. You can use the commercial frost blankets to beat the chill, or you can improvise. If you are a milk or bottled water drinker, you can make highly functional individual cloches for your plants using recycled, gallon-size plastic jugs -- if you start saving them now.

Wash out the jug. Then cut off the bottom. (Cut the scrap piece into strips for use as plant labels if desired.) In the late afternoon, cover each plant with a jug. Press the cloche securely into the soil and, if windy, brace it with a brick or rock. Or, slip it down onto a stake to keep it in place. On warm days, prop the jug up on one side with a brick or remove it entirely to avoid overheating inside. Grab the cloche by the handle to make set-up and take-down quick, then thread by the handle onto a rope to hang for storage.

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