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September 2011 Picks for the Gardener

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: September, 2011, Page 112


California artist Jennifer Utsch began incorporating spiritual representations into her work after becoming interested in Eastern philosophies. Her Chakra Flag Chimes combine flags made of recycled steel, and bells from India that are suspended from a 5-foot-long chain. Find them at Southwest Gardener, Phoenix,

Eco-friendly and easy to grow, Rice Hull Gardens make container gardening fun. Constructed of renewable grain husks and organic pigments, the 100-percent biodegradable pots come with soil, seed, matching saucers and growing instructions. Pictured is Hens & Chicks. This and other plant varieties can be found at

If you are looking for a user-friendly watering system, Dramm Corp.’s ColorStorm Water Timer is about as easy as it gets. Just turn the knob for up to 120 minutes and you are set to water. The timer attaches to any sprinkler, soaker hose or gardening faucet. As an added bonus, it comes in six vibrant colors. Available at

Bug bites, bee stings and betel nuts—oh my! Author Amy Stewart covers all things painful, bloodthirsty and just plain creepy in her witty pair of books: Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects and Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill).

A gardener with her own poisonous patch, Stewart focuses on educating readers on such unassumingly harmful botanicals as Aconite (or monkshood), which resembles horseradish but proves deadly if ingested. Also detailed are the “Gardener’s Dirty Dozen,” which names plant life’s most noisome predators. —LeeAnn DiSanti
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