Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Coastal and Tropical South

August, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Make Mosaic Garden Art
If the idea of turning trashed ceramics into yard art intrigues you, check out this News Tribune Home/Garden page. Writing for the Tacoma newspaper's online edition, Debbie Travis covers the basics of creating a mosaic garden table, giving good references and inspiration. also has plenty of how-to's on making mosaics for outdoors, including several made from debris.


Vegetable Gardening
From Barbara Ellis comes a fine little tome, The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book (Storey Books, 2008; $14.95) There are 400+ pages of real world questions and smart answers. What does insecticidal soap do? How can I set up a simple reservoir? There's even a section on flowers that encourage beneficial insects to frequent your garden. It's a no-brainer to add this to your bookshelf, even though it's not written specifically for our region.


Today's site banner is by EscondidoCal and is called "Water Hibiscus"