Upper South

January, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Agricultural Research Service Report
According to this Agricultural Research Service Report, the rough outer netting on cantaloupes can harbor microbes that can be transferred to the inside when the melon is cut, which can lead to human illness. Researchers have been working on developing a cross between cantaloupes and smooth-skinned honeydew melons. The resulting orange honeydews have been found not only to reduce consumer risk but also to have increased amounts of vitamins A, C, and folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants. Plus, they're also sweeter and store longer. The new varieties will be available to growers, so look for them at farmers' markets.

Tool or Gardening Product

Faux Coyote
For repelling Canada geese safely, humanely, and relatively cheaply, consider a life-size, 3-D replica of a stalking coyote made out of water- and weather-resistant EVA resin. It sets up easily and folds for storage. For more information, go to Bird-X, Inc., at: http://www.bird-x.com/products/coyote-3d.html.

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