Middle South

January, 2013
Regional Report


Making More Plants
There are plenty of good books on propagation, but none is more engaging or beautifully photographed than Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation (Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2000) by Ken Druse. Druse has a knack for making any garden topic understandable, and with nearly a third of the book devoted to harvesting, storing, conditioning, sowing, and growing seeds, those who want to try their hand at this craft will find the information they need at their fingertips. Vegetative methods of propagation, from division to layering, are also thoroughly examined.

Tool or Gardening Product

Dramm Compact Shear
The Dramm Compact Shear is handy for a number of garden and household jobs, but I find this tool especially useful for thinning seedlings. Although seedlings can be pulled, doing so can cause unnecessary damage to the roots of nearby plants. This shear's small size, stainless steel blades, and non-slip grip make the job of snipping unwanted seedlings easy and fun.

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