Coastal and Tropical South

August, 2010
Regional Report

Web Finds

Gardenmama.com
The newly relaunched Gardenmama is now open! In my continuing efforts to avoid becoming a technological dinosaur, I partnered with an amazing web designer to redesign my website for the 21st century. In addition to the archived information from the old site, I am now able to podcast weekly, post stories and photos more efficiently and offer more products in the shop. Right now you can listen to an interview with Marjorie Harris about Thrifty, her new book, and read about installing raised beds for better drainage. Please visit the site and let me know what you think.

Books

Growing your own
Homegrown Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs: A Bountiful, Healthful Garden for Lean Times by Jim W. Wilson, photographed by Walter Chandoha, was published by Creative Homeowner, December, 2009 (192 pages, $16.95). This timely tome is a comprehensive yet personal look at the subject by one of the true stars of garden writing. Jim Wilson gathers together the wisdom of a lifetime of gardening for the 21st century food gardener. He likens today to the years of the Great Depression, when seed sales soared and people who had never gardened before became serious growers because of economics. He tells you what you need to know to grow, and no matter where you live, his philosophy and approach will work in your garden. Jim Wilson passed away very recently, leaving a legacy of fine books and terrific television for gardeners to enjoy for generations. His lessons will never grow stale. Buy this book!

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