Upper South

March, 2012
Regional Report

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Best Beach and Sport Sunscreens
Gardening may provide good exercise and the joy of being outdoors, but it also increases your exposure to sun and its inherent dangers. Certainly, the first line of defense is wearing a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves. Sometimes, though, you might want to expose a bit more skin. For those time, you want to choose a sunscreen that provides the greatest protection with the fewest hazardous chemicals. For help in choosing a safe sunscreen, turn to Best Sunscreens.


Make More Plants
As your interest in gardening expands, so does your desire for more plants in a bigger garden area. Sure, you can go buy plants, but the money-saving way is to multiply what you have. Fortunately, many plants, especially perennials, make this easy by multiplying themselves. Then, all you have to do is dig and divide. What if you like to start plants from seeds? Or, if you want more shrubs and trees? How can you learn the most reliable methods for different types of plants? A comprehensive book on plant propagation is the key to successfully creating more plants. The American Hortitcultural Society Plant Propagation: The Fully Illustrated Plant-by-Plant Manual of Practical Techniques by Alan Toogood (DK Adult, 1999, $35.00) provides expert guidance on the propagation of more than 1,500 plants. Color photos and step-by-step explanations of the different techniques and an A-to-Z plant section will help you choose a method of propagation, the best time of year, and the degree of skill required. It also gives guidelines to the average success rate for each plant and how long it will take for the plant to reach maturity.

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