Coastal and Tropical South

October, 2009
Regional Report

Books

Garden Sheds
Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways, by Debra Prinzing (Clarkson Potter/Random House, 2008) won the Garden Writers Association Gold Award for Best Book and Best Photography (William Wright) and deserves its awards. It is beautiful, smartly written, and an inspiration to all gardeners who want more than a roof to run under when the rain starts. My dad built a tack room attached to his hay shed. On a rare occasion when the door was open, I saw a lawn chair, a water jug, and a TV in the corner on top of a bale of hay. Shed have come a long way, baby.

Clever Gardening Technique

A Different Rooting Medium
For truly tiny seeds, like flowering tobacco and impatiens, try this: Clean a plastic container with a clear top like those used for rotisserie chicken. Fill the base with a piece of floral (Oasis) foam soaked well in water. Gently shake the seeds from the pack onto the foam and spread them around quickly. Cover and put in a brightly lit place. If the foam seems to be drying out, spray with water. As soon as the first true leaves emerge, begin to scrape out some of them to leave room for individual plants to get started. About a week later, use a knife to cut the oasis apart with one or two plants per piece. Plant each in a small pot and grow on until large enough to pot up or plant out.

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