Coastal and Tropical South
Do It Yourself Joys
Mark Frauenfelder is co-founder of bOING bOING magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Make, a magazine devoted to the passion and wisdom of do-it-yourselfers. He dove into this world with a full slate of projects to learn and write about, and came away with a valuable perspective on 21st century life. The result is Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World, published this May by Portfolio (Penguin Group, New York, NY, $25.95). The book chronicles his year and includes ventures into chickens and bees as well as the quest to perfect his espresso machine. His family gained insight into how working with their hands and minds makes humans feel more in control and in touch with the world. His use of the term "passive edutainment" gives us all permission to say to our friends and family, "Let's DO something!" Gardening is the jewel in the crown of do-it-yourselfing, and after reading Mark's book, you may decide to expand your horizons to include cigar box guitars and the fine southern tradition of whittling.
Tool or Gardening Product
The old southern fertilizer company, Fertilome, has had a line of products called Natural Guard for 20 years. But like any long-lasting enterprise, the products and packages are reviewed and updated as needed. This line of traditional organic materials now includes popular formulas like Neem and Spinosad pest controls as well as chicken fertilizer, sulfur and insecticidal soap. The good news for gardeners is that Fertilome is widely available at independent lawn and garden centers across our regions. Natural Guard fertilizer has little odor, is pelletized for ease of use and delivers the goods in containers and garden beds without excessive cost for the product or shipping.