Upper South

February, 2007
Regional Report

Books

Herbalpedia
For more information than you ever imagined about herbs, Herbalpedia 2007, edited by Maureen Rogers (The Herb Growing & Marketing Network, updated annually; $65), is a CD in Adobe Acrobat with 2,100 monographs of various botanicals, including plants that you never before considered an herb or even knew existed. The Herbalpedia is well researched with the most up-to-date information as well as folklore. Giving you many ways to use the plants as well as recipes, Herbalpedia would be 5,600 pages if printed out in its entirety. Plants are indexed by both Latin and English common names and the list is searchable. For more information, go to http://www.herbnet.com or http://www.herbworld.com.

Tool or Gardening Product

Superthrive
The packaging and ads are way older than old-school, to say nothing of over the top, but for a product to survive more than 60 years, it has to be doing something right. Superthrive is not a fertilizer, but is a "vitamin-hormone" mixture that you add to your fertilizing routine. The label says it contains vitamin B1 and 1-napthyl acetic acid. Is there more? Who knows. It is useful for any plants under stress or newly transplanted, as well as for general use to get best growth. Only 1/4 teaspoon is needed for a gallon of water. Try it this spring. A free sample is available from Superthrive (http://www.superthrive.com).

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