Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

January, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

The Great Backyard Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place on February 15 through 18, 2008. This annual event invites birdwatchers of all ages to count birds using specific guidelines. The information is then compiled in a national database to create a snapshot of what birds are where. It takes as little as 15 minutes, and anyone -- from beginner to expert -- can participate. Visit the Great Backyard Bird Count Web site ( to learn how you can participate and search for GBBC events in your area.

Clever Gardening Technique

Plan an Early Sowing of Hardy Annuals
Sow some seeds of hardy flowering annuals including larkspur, bachelor's buttons, sweet peas, foxgloves, and calendula. Raised beds ensure good drainage, although they might not be necessary if our current drought continues. Depending on how the spring progresses, you might get an extra early flower display. Plan a second sowing in a month or so. These flowers all prefer the cool temperatures of spring and early summer, and will begin to flag as heat and humidity increases.


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