Starter kit helps your garden get growing
If you're serious about nurturing plants from cuttings and seeds, invest in a good quality, reusable plug tray. The 72-cell starter kit ($29.95) from Charley's Greenhouse & Garden was chosen by garden writers and editors as a 2009 Green Thumb winner. It comes with watering and grow trays, a clear dome and deep grow plugs made of decomposed bark and peat moss that ensure the perfect balance of 1/3 soil, 1/3 water and 1/3 air to promote vigorous seedling root growth. Refill packs of plugs are $14.95. Go to www.charleysgreenhouse.com or call toll-free 1-800-322-4707 to order.
Go green, save some greenbacks
You can calculate your actual savings of switching to environmentally friendly landscape and building practices with free online calculators from GreenScapes (www.epa.gov/epawaste), an EPA initiative to promote environmentally beneficial landscaping nationwide. Thinking of switching to a water-saving landscape? The EPA's cost calculator will tally initial costs and savings. You'll find helpful tips, resources, downloadable brochures, links and more on this innovative site.
Yvonne Swanson, Times correspondent