Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

May, 2010
Regional Report

Web Finds

Avoid the Late Blight Blues
Many gardeners had their tomatoes destroyed last year by a disease called late blight, the same disease that triggered the Irish potato famine. To learn about this fungus, including the life cycle and how to prevent its recurrence, go to Avoid the Late Blight Blues, a blog from the Cornell University Department of Horticulture. The site also includes tomato varieties with late blight resistance as well as ten tips to beat late blight.

Tool or Gardening Product

Removing little weeds around and close to perennials (or vegetables, for that matter) is a fine art that takes practice and patience. The Circlehoe is a tool that makes the job oh so much easier and faster. The concept is simple: a circular blade, pre-sharpened on one side, cleanly cuts weeds below the ground. Because of the open circle, the Circlehoe does not transport the soil along while decapitating the offending weeds. Three sizes of the Circlehoe are available. One has the traditional long handle for those who weed standing up. The other two are hand tools: the Mini at 11 inches long and the Hand at 15 inches. For more information about the Circlehoe and where to purchase, go to


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