Northern & Central Midwest

October, 2009
Regional Report

Books

Woody Plant Propagation
The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation: From Seed to Tissue Culture, Second Edition, by Michael Dirr (Timber Press, 2006), is an amazing collection of expert recommendations for propagating all types of trees and shrubs from seeds, cuttings, grafting, and budding, and tissue culture. Not only can the home gardener make good use of this clear, concise text, but it's detailed enough for professional propagators.

Clever Gardening Technique

Quick Compost Bins
Make a quick, attractive compost bin using wooden pallets. These are available for next-to-nothing from many sources, and if you can locate oak, you will have bins that last for several years. You will need four pallets the same size for a single bin. For two bins, you will need seven pallets (they will share an inside wall). Clear a spot on the ground, stand your pallets and wire them together. You can hinge the fronts so they can be easily removed for access. Simple, inexpensive and best-of-all, you're using recycled products.

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