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News of note for the gardener.

By JUDY STARK and YVONNE SWANSON
Published September 30, 2006


Dark side of the garden

There are creepy-crawlies in the garden, and then there are real creepy-crawlies. We're interested in the scary ones, the hair-raising encounters with animals and horror stories involving tools and supplies. Send us a short description of your strange gardening tale by Oct. 9 for a Halloween story on weird happenings in the garden. Include your name and daytime phone number. Send e-mail to newsfeatures@sptimes.com put GARDEN in the subject line. Or send snail mail to Yvonne Swanson, Newsfeatures Department, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Mark your envelope GARDEN. No phone calls, please.

Cooking what they grow

They can grow it, but can they cook, too? Horticulturists and master gardeners at the Pinellas County Extension Service and Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo have published a 300-page cookbook filled with home-grown recipes for everything from baked goods to vegetables. It's $20; all proceeds benefit the public garden. Call 727 582-2247 to order, or visit the gardens at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo.

Online plant resource

Handy gadget: the online plant finder at bhg.com/bhg/plantfinder. Images of hundreds of plants, from A to Z, with planting and care tips, zones, feeding and light requirements, Latin names, disease resistance, size, bloom time.

- Compiled by JUDY STARK and YVONNE SWANSON