Coastal and Tropical South

June, 2010
Regional Report

Books

Beekeeping
Plan/Bee: Everything you ever wanted to know about the hardest working creatures on the planet by Susan Brackney (2010, Penguin Group, $13.95) covers the subject better than any academic tome you'll find. Brackney is a nature writer and became a beekeeper almost by chance. Plan/Bee takes us through the science of hive life as well as the author's personal sojourn into beekeeping. The breadth of information is impressive and the writing is gently persuasive. You won't know you've been drawn in until it's too late and honeycombs fill your head.

Favorite or New Plant

Shasta Daisies
Depending on where you live in our regions, the bee-licious daisy named 'Becky' may be a garden favorite already. But even those who have not had much luck with the Shasta daisy types report that this one is heat and humidity tolerant for years. That's been the problem; unless you diligently dig and divide daisies every year they soon overcrowd. Wimpy stems, small flowers and fungus diseases soon follow and gardeners give up. Lime all but the sandiest soils to grow daisies.

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