Lower South

March, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Zilker Garden Festival
Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin, Texas, hosts their Garden Festival this spring, April 2-3, 2005. The grounds will be filled with booths selling a wide variety of plants and garden products. Gardeners throughout the area know this is a must-visit event for finding those must-have plants on their list. Free gardening information is provided by local organizations and plant societies. Master Gardeners from Travis County also will be on hand answering gardening questions. Gate admission is $5 per person, free for ages 12 and under. For more information, visit:
http://www.zilkergarden.org/about/events/zgf.html

Tool or Gardening Product

Mini Rototillers
I grew up rattling my teeth behind an old front-tine tiller on hard-packed dirt. Then the rear-tine models arrived with the promise of greater ease. I hope to invest in one of those big red beauties soon to help ease the stress of my soon-to-come mid-life crisis, while I proudly manhandle a giant garden spot that I have planned. However, in the meantime I have come to love a small rototiller that I purchased a few years ago. I used to chuckle at the thought of those little things, but no more. These lightweight wonders without wheels are amazing when it comes to chewing up a garden bed, cultivating, incorporating nutrients and compost, and working in tight spaces. Mine may be the most valuable tool I have in the garden shed. Until my garden grows to dream-size, this little wonder will more than do the trick. If you have not tried one, you should. The Mantis is the most well-known brand, but several manufacturers have come out with their own versions.

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