Shows & Events
Arbor Day Celebration
The Alumni Association of University of South Carolina Upstate will hold its annual Arbor Day Celebration at the Susan Jacobs Arboretum in Spartanburg on December 3rd. This year's event will feature Ken Druse, celebrated garden writer and radio host. Ken's most recent book, Ken Druse: The Passion for Gardening, won best book of the year from the American Horticultural Society in 2004. The program begins at 11 am and is followed by lunch at 12 noon. A $10 fee includes both. An afternoon pruning workshop can be added for an additional charge. For more information, or to register, call Bea Smith at (864) 503-5235.
Clever Gardening Technique
Make Leaf Mold
Composting leaves is a laborious process- they must be chopped, wet down, mixed with greens and high-nitrogen ingredients such as manure, and then turned from time to time. Instead, if you have room, consider raking leaves to an out-of-the-way place and leaving them to rot into leaf mold. Be patient, as the process can take two or even three years, but the result will be worth the wait. Leaf mold is an especially good for heavy soils, as it adds nutrients and improves both tilth and drainage.