Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

August, 2009
Regional Report

Web Finds

The Dog-Scaped Yard
If you've ever wished that you could create a beautiful but canine-conscious garden, there's a free, downloadable, 7-page e-book for you. The Dog-Scaped Yard, was written by Maureen Gilmer, host for Weekend Gardening on the DIY Network. It includes suggestions for dog-scaping amenities like how to create a summer flop spot, a flowering dog meadow, and a dipping pool and practical places for your dog to live, run, and bath without sacrificing your flowers. There's also information for a dog-safe garden, including toxic plants to avoid, plants that repel fleas, and plants that are safe for dogs to eat as well as tips for an all-organic lawn, and a recipe for dog-discouraging spray.

Clever Gardening Technique

Quick Berry Vinegar
Berry-flavored vinegars add a bright note to salads year-round and are easy to make. To make, place one-and-a-half cups of washed and dried raspberries or blackberries in a clean quart canning jar. In a saucepan, heat 2 cups cider or white wine vinegar with one-quarter cup sugar, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the vinegar mixture over the berries, put on a clean plastic lid, and let sit for three days, gently shaking the jar each day. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, then store in clean glass bottled in a cool, dark place.


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