March 10, 2013

New on the garden front ...

McClatchy Newspapers

PEEL AWAY POTS are designed to produce healthier vegetable seedlings that are easier to remove at transplant time.

The cube-shaped pots are made from a porous Velcro-brand fabric that lets air get to the roots, promoting a healthy root system. The sides of the pot peel apart, so you can remove the plant without disturbing the roots. The pots are washable and reusable. Peel Away Pots are available from Gardener's Supply Co. in 2- and 4-inch sizes and in two colors, red and brown. Prices range from $9.95 for sets of pots alone to $24.95 for kits containing pots and a self-watering tray.

They can be ordered at gardeners.com or 800-955-3370.

GARDEN GUIDES often teach people how to deadhead and treat for pests and improve the soil, but they don't always share all the fundamentals beginners need -- how to buy a shovel, for example, or where to buy plants.

Jim Fox covers those basics and more in "How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies."

Fox, a horticultural consultant who also works in the retail nursery business, based the book on the questions he's been asked over the decades. "How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies" is published by Timber Press and sells for $14.95 in paperback.

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