Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

March, 2010
Regional Report

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Bug Guide
Our world is filled with insects, so why not get to know them better? The Bug Guide is an online community of volunteer naturalists who enjoy sharing information about insects, spiders, and other related creatures. The contributors have created a knowledge base for all to learn about these oft-maligned creatures. Information provided includes classification, common and scientific names, size, range, habitat, seasons of activity, food, life cycle, remarks, references, and photos.


Growing Vegetables in Containers
Whether you're a beginning or experienced garden, someone with acres of garden or live in a patio home, it's both fun and productive to grow vegetables in containers. For instance, for several years, eggplants had not grown very well in my garden. Last year, I tried them in a self-watering planter, and they produced more than I could eat. Want to know exactly which vegetables and which varieties do best in containers? Which potting soil, which fertilizer is best? There are two books I turn to again and again, each with a slightly different focus. Check them out to see which is best for you. McGee & Stuckey's Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers (Workman Publishing Company, 2002, $17.95), written by Rose Marie Nichols McGee and Maggie Stuckey, is a compendium of practical advice. It includes information on the types of containers to use, equipment needed, the right soil, when to plant which seeds and how best to deal with problems, as well as A to Z sections on each of the various edibles. Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers (Storey Publishing, 2006, $19.95) by Edward C. Smith, deals specifically with one type of container gardening, that of self-watering planters. Smith discusses both purchased and homemade self-watering containers and what grows best with this method. The book is filled with lots of color photos.


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