Looking for a winter project that will help you next spring? Ever wished you could have more plants without going to the garden center? Purdue University's horticulture department has an award-winning Plant Propagation CD that is like a hands-on class. There are hundreds of photos, videos, illustrations, and animations, plus a glossary of technical terms, all designed to help you grow new plants. The CD-based course covers everything you need to know about seed germination, seedling care, cuttings, divisions, layering, and grafting. There's even a short section on tissue culture. Preview the CD at: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/plantprop/webversion/Intro.html, which has a link to the order page.
Tool or Gardening Product
Once again proving that good things come in small packages, the mini Circlehoe is a small tool that delivers big and makes a great gift for any gardener on your holiday list. The mini Circlehoe ($9.95) has an approximately 6-inch-long wooden handle with a 2-inch circle of hard carbon steel on a 3-inch shaft. One side of the circle is sharpened. This is an indispensable tool for close weeding and cultivating. It's lightweight and easy to carry around in your pocket or tool tote. There's also a 15-inch version for tougher weeding and cultivating, as well as a long-handled one. For more information about the Circlehoe, how to use it, and to order, go to: http://www.circlehoe.com.