Middle South

October, 2008
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Nasturtium
The nasturtiums I planted last spring are really coming into their own right now, after struggling through the heat and drought this summer. Nasturtiums have attractive rounded leaves that form a tidy mound, topped by vivid, unusually shaped blooms. They tend to bloom best in poor soil, forming mostly leaves in rich soil. The plants are simple to grow from seed and mine have shown themselves to be remarkably resilient. The leaves and flowers are edible to boot!

Clever Gardening Technique

Build a Compost Bin
It's easy and inexpensive to build a compost bin using wooden shipping pallets. You'll need three (or more) pallets that are approximately the same size. Tip the pallets up on their ends and secure them to form a three-walled bin; you'll add and remove materials from the open front. You can secure two more pallets to make a second adjacent bin, so you'll have one section for "cooking" compost and one for new scraps. If you're an avid composter add two more pallets to make a third bin for finished compost.

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