Dear MOTHER: August/September 2011

Reader letters about herbicide contamination, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner, wolves, world population, tomato cages, rooster training, spiral herb gardens, and more.



Scheel Garden Planner
Reader Christina Scheel of Washougal, Wash., laid out her entire garden in about an hour using our interactive Vegetable Garden Planner. With the Garden Planner e-newsletter, she gets email updates telling her when particular veggies she’s growing in her garden need to be sown or planted out.
IMAGE: CHRISTINA SCHEEL/MOTHER EARTH NEWS VEGETABLE GARDEN PLANNER
Church Garden Plan
Reader Tom Wechter’s church in North Carolina used the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner to plan its 92-by-125-foot community garden that will provide food and work for some of the unemployed and financially challenged people in the area.
TOM WECHTER
Tomato Hornworm
Hornworms don’t eat tomatoes — the green worms are difficult to find because they remain on, and only feed on, the leaves of plants.
FOTOLIA
Florida Tomato Weave
The Florida Weave is an inexpensive and easy way to support tomato vines. 
NATE SKOW











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