Middle South

May, 2005
Regional Report

Web Finds

Growing Up: Exploring Plant Growth with Garden Structures
From National Gardening Association's Kids Gardening Web site, Growing Up: Exploring Plant Growth with Garden Structures provides information on constructing structures to support vining plants, as well as tips on engaging children in garden explorations. Although geared to educators, the Kids Garden News e-newsletter (formerly Classroom Projects) includes helpful information for anyone who gardens with kids. To subscribe, visit the Kids' Gardening Web site.

Books

You Grow Girl
Like knitting, go-go boots, and hot pink, gardening is hip again! You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening, by Gayla Trail (Fireside, 2005; $15), is a refreshing change from the more staid gardening books commonly available.

The back cover describes the book this way: "This is not your grandmother's gardening book. You Grow Girl is a hip, humorous how-to for crafty gals everywhere who are discovering a passion for gardening but lack the know-how to turn their dreams of homegrown tomatoes and fresh-cut flowers int a reality."

Lighthearted illustrations complement the detailed how-to information, resulting in a fun read that inspires and informs. Geared to beginning gardeners -- especially urban "gals" -- on a limited budget, the book includes lots of fun projects, such as creating "chalkboard pots" that both look attractive and help you remember plant names.

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