New England

October, 2007
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Staking Plants
While I have an assortment of metal plant stakes of varying heights and shapes, I prefer using natural materials whenever possible. To support a toppling clump of delphiniums or asters, surround them with several straight, sturdy branches or bamboo poles, then weave grapevines between the stakes in a layer about 2 feet high, and then in another layer as high as the plants warrant. This makes a wattle-like support that blends nicely into the foliage.

Tool or Gardening Product

Ups-A-Daisy
Here's a handy item for placing a smallish plant into a much larger container. Instead of filling up the bottom of the larger pot with soil or Styrofoam packing peanuts or other materials to take up the space, you can set this durable plastic circle inside the pot and plant on top of it. A hole in the middle allows you to put the Ups-A-Daisy in place or remove it. I use them in very tall pots and in planters that would be extremely heavy if filled with soil. There are nine different sizes. For more info, go to: http://store01.prostores.com/servlet/upsadaisy/StoreFront.

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