Commonsense Vegetable Gardening for the South
Authors William D. Adams and Thomas R. LeRoy each bring over 20 years of gardening experience to Commonsense Vegetable Gardening for the South (Taylor, 1995; $22). Southern gardeners will find a wealth of useful information packed into this superb book. Many vegetable gardening books cover the "meat and potatoes." Adams and LeRoy go way past the basics, offering information on growing hundreds of varieties and species of vegetables, including many types seldom seen in our southern gardens. This first-class reference includes information on seed planting depth and spacing, planting dates, planning the garden, soil preparation, pest and disease control, and much more. No serious southern vegetable gardener should be without this one.
Stop the Crapemurder
What is done to crape myrtles in the name of pruning is enough to make a grown man cry. Why this species is the target of such widespread butchering is beyond me. Check out the
Stop the "Crapemurder" Web site by the Huntsville, Alabama, city forester for a great discussion of the proper way to prune a crape myrtle.