Middle South

November, 2013
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Homemade Notecards
If you have some favorite plant pictures, turn them into notecards by making color copies of the photos. Purchase blank cards and matching envelopes, then cut out the photos and use a glue stick or double-sided tape to attach them to the front of the blank cards. If you have a scanner, you can scan in the photos, resize them as necessary, and even play with photo-editing software for some cool special effects.

Another option is to glue plant material, such as leaves, grasses, flower petals, or ferns, onto a piece of paper, and photocopy this collage to use on the cards. (The flatter the plant material, the better the photocopy, so avoid large berries or thick seedpods.) Sometimes simpler is better; a few well-placed grass seed heads can make an elegant and tasteful image.

Web Finds

North American Fruit Explorers
North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX) is a network of individuals throughout the United States and Canada devoted to the discovery, cultivation, and appreciation of "superior varieties of fruits and nuts." Founded in 1967 by a small group of pomological hobbyists, NAFEX has grown to an organization of more than 3,000 members. Members range from professional pomologists and commercial orchardists to individuals interested in starting a small home planting. The quarterly journal, Pomona, consists of articles submitted by members and often includes information about their failures as well as successes -- very important information for those just starting out! The NAFEX Web site includes information on how to join, contact information for specialty and regional groups, and a very helpful nursery and supply source list.

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