Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

June, 2009
Regional Report

Web Finds

Gardening Resources at Cornell
The Gardening Resources page of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Web site is the entry point for accessing their comprehensive information on gardening in the Northeast. Click on "Vegetables" to view 50 easy-to-use vegetable growing guides, variety recommendations, and information on pest control.

Tool or Gardening Product

Nail Brush
I've got my hands in the soil every day, and repeatedly using nail brushes was painful -- the bristles are just too stiff and rough. Then I found that those specialty brushes sold for cleaning mushrooms and removing corn silks are much better at cleaning nails and removing ground-in dirt gently but effectively. They make them in different colors: brown for mushrooms, yellow for corn (to remove silks), orange for carrots. I don't know if they are different other than the color. I've used the same brown mushroom brush to clean my hands for years. They are described as being based on the brushes surgeons use to scrub up, and it makes sense they'd be good for hands and nails. Here's a Web page with photos:


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