Time to Renovate Weak Lawns
If your grass has died this summer or is so weakened that weeds have taken over, now is a good time to reseed bare spots or renovate large areas of your lawn. This is also an opportunity to fix some of the underlying problems that may be limiting the health of your lawn, such as poor soil, low light, or uneven drainage. To learn about lawn renovation, Frank Rossi, turf specialist at Cornell University has a video and information at Cornell Blogs .
Canning and Preserving from the Garden
With the burgeoning interest in home canning and preserving, there are dozens of new books, but Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving (Robert Rose, 2006, $$22.95) is the "core" book that will ensure success. With 400 recipes, ranging from basic to innovative, you'll be able to make everything from salsas and savory sauces to pickles, chutneys and relishes to jams, jellies and fruit spreads. The book includes comprehensive directions on safe canning and preserving methods, plus lists of required equipment and specific instructions for first-timers and handy tips for those who are experienced.