Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins' book Continuous Container Gardens: Swap in the Plants of the Season to Create Fresh Designs Year-round (Storey, 2011) presents a new approach to container gardening. Rather than the usual summer accents for your garden, they present plans for the four seasons. The first part of the book explains their ideas on this process, along with instructions to help you achieve a lovely container garden. One comment is that "containers are your cardigans," meaning that they can be used in many ways. Part 2 presents twelve containers showing how the plantings change throughout the year as you swap plants of the season.
This book not only provides a new slant on sprucing up your garden, it also includes innovative ideas on how to combine various plants for the maximum effect. It's a delight to read even if you never plant a container.
Clever Gardening Technique
Keeping Ants Out of Fruit Trees
I've discovered a new use for Contac paper. I cut 6-inch strips of the adhesive shelving paper to wrap around the trunks of my peach, plum, and pear trees. Place the strips an inch or so from the ground, making sure each strip overlaps on itself. Use staples to attach the strips to the trunk of the tree. These sticky strips discourage crawling insects and will trap those bold enough to venture onto the adhesive. I remove the traps when the fruit has been harvested.