Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

March, 2008
Regional Report

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Pruning Woody Plants
There are many Web resources for help in pruning plants but Basic Principles of Pruning Woody Plants, by Georgia Cooperative Extension, provides the best explanation of the basics of pruning and how plants respond to various types of pruning cuts. Look it over before completing this winter's pruning chores.

Clever Gardening Technique

Milk Jug Recycling
Place a milk jug filled with water against tomato transplants beneath a cover on a cold night. The water loses heat more slowly that the air and acts as a mini heater for each tender transplant. When the danger of frost is past, punch a few small holes in the bottom of a jug. Then place it next to a new transplant. When you water, simply fill the jug and the water will slowly drip out into the soil. Soluble fertilizers can be added to the jug for an easy way to feed plants as you water. You may want to add some small rocks to the jugs as they are lightweight and tend to blow over easily once the water has drained out.


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