Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

June, 2008
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Looking for basic information about ways to green your garden? The United States Environmental Protection Agency offers GreenScaping: The Easier Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard. This PDF focuses on planting right for your site, practicing smart watering, adopting a holistic approach to pest management, and practicing natural lawn care.

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Rainwater Collection System
With the growing awareness of the need to conserve water, gardeners are seeking out the benefits of including one or more rain barrels at downspouts around the home. Up to now these were mainly either homemade or bought from mail-order suppliers. Now Fiskars, the maker of scissors and garden tools, is offering 26- and 52-gallon rainwater collection systems at several nationwide chain stores. Each system includes a rain barrel, barrel cover, spigot, barrel base that elevates the barrel to easily fill water cans, and a water diverter kit that includes two downspout connections, diverter hose, hose connector, and installation guide. To find out more about the system and where to buy one, go to:


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