Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

April, 2007
Regional Report

Web Finds

The SafeLawns Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate people about the benefits of organic lawn care and gardening, and to show homeowners that a nice lawn is possible without the toxic and wasteful side effects of chemical treatments. The Web site features a series of video clips that show the 12 most important steps in natural lawn care.

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Earth Plugs
Several weeks ago I wrote about my plans to compare different materials for seed-starting. So far, I have only been able to use a commercial germinating mix and Earth Plugs, which are formed from composted bark fiber inoculated with beneficial microorganisms. Tomato seeds planted in the Earth Plugs germinated several days earlier than those in the germinating mix, and they grew faster. In addition, the plants suffered less setback when transplanted. I'll continue to test these and other materials. The Earth Plugs are available from Seeds of Change (


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