Middle South

March, 2008
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Protect Hands with Bicycle Gloves
I don't like wearing garden gloves because I end up putting them on to do some things, taking them off to do others, and back and forth until I get fed up, take them off for good, put them down somewhere, and lose them. I'm what you might call a stream-of-consciousness gardener. I walk to the shed to get a rake, stop to pull some weeds, remember that I haven't planted those pansy transplants yet, turn around and grab the trowel from the porch, pass by the half-pruned butterfly bush, go back for the pruners.... After an hour of planting and pruning I find my way back to the shed for the rake. At which time I realize I don't know where I put my gloves. My solution? Bicycle gloves. Stop in any bike shop and you'll find the perfect gardening glove. Look for lightweight gloves with padded palms and cut-off fingers. The padding protects your palms, and the open fingers let you do fine work like planting seeds. Problem solved.

Shows & Events

Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders
Now showing at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville: Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders. The insect exhibit includes more than two dozen bizarre creatures ranging from glow-in-the-dark scorpions to bird-eating tarantulas. The exhibit is styled as a circus sideshow, where visitors learn about insect physiology, life cycles, and interesting behaviors. Accompanying the exhibit is an Insect Film Festival, featuring insect-themed movies every weekend. The exhibit runs through May 11, 2008. Visit http://www.ncarboretum.org or call (828) 665-2492 for more information.

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