Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

October, 2011
Regional Report


Heirloom Gardening
There is a multitude of "gardening books" but relatively few truly engaging books for gardeners. Heirloom Gardening in the South: Yesterday's Plants for Today's Gardens, by William Welch and Greg Grant (Texas A&M University Press, 2011, $30) is a book for southern gardeners. The authors, two of the premier plantsmen of the South, share a wealth of horticultural history, personal experience, and inspiration as they revisit those tried and true heirloom plants that have survived several centuries of love, neglect, and the vicissitudes of our southern climates to stand as premier plants for the next generation of gardeners. This book is worth reading not just for the how-to's but for the inspirational value and wise perspective on time tested plants in our day of "new and improved" everything!

Clever Gardening Technique

Plant Bulbs at Proper Depth
Each species of flowering bulb has its recommended planting depth for best results. When in doubt, a good rule of thumb is to plant a bulb so the base of the bulb is at a depth that is three times the diameter of the bulb. In sandy soil, set them slightly deeper and in heavy clay soils slightly less deep.


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