New England

December, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Invasive Plants of the Eastern United States
Before choosing plants for your yard, consult the Invasive Plants of the Eastern United States: Identification and Control Web site. You might be surprised at how many commonly available plants are considered invasive and should be avoided, including Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), winged burning bush (Euonymus alata), and several types of privet (Ligustrum).

Books

Herbal Vinegar
The book Herbal Vinegar (Storey Books, 1994; $14.95), contains more information than the title implies. You might expect the book's sections on the history of vinegar and its uses, how to make vinegar and how to flavor vinegar, for example. But the book also includes information on growing your own herbs for flavoring vinegar, household uses of vinegar, and a large section of recipes that include body care products as well as culinary marinades, sauces and eight different kinds of mustard. I'm even tempted to try one of the four different recipes for "vinegar pie." Herbal Vinegar is written by Maggie Oster, NGA's regional reporter for the Upper South. Check out her column at http://garden.garden.org/regional/report/current/8.

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