Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

March, 2007
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Variegated Potato Vine
Variegated potato vine (Solanum jasminoides 'Variegata') grows 10 to 15 feet and sports variegated green and yellow leaves and bears 1-inch, star-shaped white blooms in late winter through spring. It is hardy in zones 7-10 and does well in full sun to moderate shade. Its tame growth habit and shade tolerance open up new options for using vines in the landscape.

Clever Gardening Technique

Tips for Sowing Small Seed
It's sometimes difficult to space very small seed properly. One solution is to cut a strip of notebook paper about 3 inches wide and fold it in half lengthwise. Pour a few seeds in the paper crease. Holding the paper horizontally over the seed row, use the end of a pencil to drag out the seeds one or two at a time as you move down the row or across the cells in a seed flat. Another option for light seeds such as lettuce is to mix them with a little fine sand or vermiculite and then shake out the mix over an area to help broadcast them more evenly.

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