Upper South

October, 2006
Regional Report

Web Finds

Bulbs
The Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center site offers a wide range of information about all things related to flower bulbs. For instance, under "Bulb Basics" you'll learn about what a bulb is, where to buy them, top varieties, bulbs for different seasons, when to plant, and an A-to-Z guide to bulbs. There are also answers to frequently asked questions, a look at trends for 2007, instructions for growing bulbs in pots and using them as cut flowers, ideas for using bulbs in the landscape, and even information about traveling to Holland.

Tool or Gardening Product

Ultimate Cold Frame and Starter House
Thinking of protecting a bed of lettuce this fall or dreaming of starting plants early next spring? A variety of 21st -century versions of cold frames are available. I've found two that are lightweight, easy to set up or move, and versatile. Both include ground stakes for securing.

The Starter House from National Gardening Association (http://www.garden.org) has a strong wire frame that snaps open. It's covered with Gro-tec fabric, which is a rugged, UV-resistant, rip-stop polyethylene material. A shade cover and carrying case are included. It measures 8 feet long x 4 feet wide x 3 feet high.

The Ultimate Cold Frame from Gardener's Supply (http://www.gardeners.com) is 70 inches long x 55 inches wide x 32 inches high. It has a cover of reinforced polyethylene over an easily assembled metal frame. There is a large, zippered screen window that can keep out insects, birds, and animals.

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