Middle South

September, 2006
Regional Report

Web Finds

Plants for a Future
The Plants for a Future site is fun to browse through. Although based in the U.K., the site has much useful and interesting information, and by the looks of its message boards (and the fact that some articles are available in Spanish and German) it has international appeal.

The Edible Uses page, for example, states, "There are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world yet fewer than 20 species now provide 90 percent of our food. However, there are hundreds of less well known edible plants from all around the world which are both delicious and nutritious." There are links to article categories, such as Alternative Edible Leaves and Winter Salads.

There also are interesting plant lists, such as plants that can be used for fencing, plants that are fire-retardant, and wind-resistant plants. (100 Other Uses)

It's not a flashy site, and it states that the nonprofit Plants For A Future organization is having financial problems and may not be around for long. So enjoy the Web site while you can.

Clever Gardening Technique

Appreciating Nature's Beauty
In our hurried, workaday world it's easy to miss the little things that can make us smile and brighten up an otherwise run-of-the-mill day. As I drove down our long driveway this morning, dozens of odd white patches in the lawn caught my eye. It looked like dainty handkerchiefs had dropped from the sky, floated on the breeze, and landed gently in the yard. They were spider webs, heavy with the morning dew. Lovely, just lovely. And a wonderful way to start the day.

Join me in vowing to notice and appreciate the little things of beauty. Sure, the garden needs weeding, but don't you love the color of chicory flowers?

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