Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

July, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Constructing a Rain Barrel
In this time of record-breaking drought, we all need to look for ways to conserve water and make the most of what does fall. Rain barrels are one way to capture water that would otherwise run off. For do-it-yourselfers, this Constructing a Rain Barrel site has photos and directions for making your own.


Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden
Roll up your sleeves and make your own garden ornaments! Leaf castings are especially popular, but there are all sorts of decorative items you can make from that humble bag of concrete. For inspiration and ideas for making concrete leaf castings and other works of art for your garden, don't miss Sherri Warner Hunter's book, Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden (Lark Books, 2005; $29.95). Hunter explains how to make 21 different projects, some incorporating pea gravel and marble chips, some involving carving and texturing, including making statuary.


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