Middle South

November, 2012
Regional Report


What's Under the Log
Now that I have a granddaughter, I'm always on the watch for ways to share my wonder of the natural world with her. So when I found Anne Hunter's book, What's Under the Log (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999), I knew I had discovered a gem. A talented illustrator and author of children's picture books, Hunter lives in Vermont where she helps cultivate Clear Brook Farm with her husband, Andrew Knafel, an organic farmer. What's Under the Log is an outdoor adventure in a child-sized package, written with satisfying detail and illustrated with engaging artwork created with watercolor, colored pencil, and ink. Companion books include What's in the Pond, What's in the Meadow, and What's in the Tidepool.

Tool or Gardening Product

Radius Scooper
I'm in love (or at least intense like) with my new Radius Scooper, a light-weight, extra-large trowel with an ergonomic grip that gives me increased leverage while mitigating stress on my wrist. The tool's thick blade and serrated edges make it ideal for working heavy soils, as well as cutting through roots. At more than 4-inches wide and 8-inces long, the body of the scoop has the capacity to move lots of soil; it can even take the place of a small shovel. But it's also sized right to fit in a carryall or backpack for easy transport to the community garden. I selected a snazzy orange color, but the Scooper also comes in bold hues of pink, blue, yellow, green, and purple.

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