Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

March, 2009
Regional Report

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Shopper's Guide to Pesticides
As you plan your kitchen garden this year, begin shopping at farmer's markets, and, at the same time, try to save money and eat healthier, it's good to know which fruits and vegetables are most pesticide-ridden and which are safest. In knowing this, you can choose what to grow and what to buy organic. The Environmental Working Group has developed a Shopper's Guide to Pesticides, based on extensive testing between 2000 and 2007, that is available as a a wallet-size list. You can find a detailed description of the criteria EWG used to develop these rankings and the complete list of fruits and vegetables tested at


Sweet Peas
When sweet peas have totally won you over, and you want to know every last little bit about growing them, try Graham Rice's The Sweet Pea Book (Timber Press, 2003, $19.95). Rice, a noted British gardener and author, is married to an American, and gardens on both sides of the Atlantic. The book offers some history, variety recommendations, clarification of the various classifications of sweet peas, and expert advice on culture, care, and maximizing both the landscape and bouquet potential of sweet peas.


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