Middle South

May, 2012
Regional Report


Natural Gardening
John Brookes' Natural Landscapes (Dorling Kindersley Limited, 1998) is full of ideas and instructions on how to create a natural garden. Divided into two parts, the first section examines the principles of site-specific gardening and basic design elements of a natural garden, while the second half takes an in-depth look at specific gardens of various types, from coastal to urban landscapes. The book is beautifully illustrated with hundreds of photos. Plant lists, how-to diagrams, and design drawings provide additional detail.

Clever Gardening Technique

Root Tomato Cuttings
Instead of purchasing tomatoes plants for a second harvest, why not take some cuttings from those that are producing now? Simply snip 6-inch long shoots from suckers or growing tips and stick them in a gallon pot filled with potting mix. After thoroughly wetting the soil, place the cuttings in bright shade and keep an eye out for new growth. Once the cuttings have rooted sufficiently, move them into sun and keep them well-watered until you're ready to add them to the garden

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