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Calculating the Harvest, by Glynis Ward

This year I decided to weigh my vegetable harvest. This is one step in my goal to become more self-sufficient with our food source and improve my vegetable gardening skills and soil building abilities. The idea came from The Path to Freedom, a website that documents an adult family of four and their path to self-sufficiency in Pasadena, California. They weigh their harvest which will help them better estimate the next year's budget they eat what they grow and sell the excess for income.

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Beginning to Bird, by Timmy Jo Given

This article tells of an activity I took up at the end of last year that continues today, even though I am still a beginner at birding. Birding has become a popular verb in our collective vocabulary, a pastime usually associated with retired folks. However, birding can be fun for all ages due to our natural curiosity with these fascinating creatures.

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PLANTFILES:

PlantFiles: European Columbine 'Winky Blue and White' (Aquilegia vulgaris)

European Columbine 'Winky Blue and White'

(Aquilegia vulgaris)

I fell in love with this flower as soon as I saw it in my local nursery's catalog, which is what I do all winter long. I...
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GARDEN WATCHDOG:

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Bob Smoley's Gardenworld

Review by tride26:

After reading some of the negative reviews here I was a little worried when I placed my order. But after receiving my order...
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BIRDFILES:

BirdFiles: Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Blue Jay

(Cyanocitta cristata)

I put a bird feeder out 5 months ago and the Blue Jays love the Black Sunflower Seeds. You can tell the other birds, except...
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BUGFILES:

BugFiles: Big-eyed Toad Bug (Gelastocoris oculatus)

Big-eyed Toad Bug

(Gelastocoris oculatus)

A small bug with large eyes that varies in coloration. It blends well with its habitat which is banks and shores of freshwater...
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GO GARDENING:

Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Sierra Paradise Gardens

5 stars
I Received Beautiful Plants & Recommend them Highly for all your gardens Plants very Healthy & Packed Neatly. you should...
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GARDEN BOOKWORM:

Gardening Book: Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners

Review by PapaJoeW:

I had to give it a positive, even though I have a hard time finding it... See, my wife and son get a hold of it and then...
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With almost 500,000 members, Dave's Garden is an amazing resource for beginning and experienced gardeners alike. Inside, you'll find over 250 forums dedicated to every type of home and gardening topic you can think of. From annuals and bonsai trees to vegetable gardening and winter sowing; from tips on seeds and planting to advice on regional gardening, this is a gold mine of friendly advice and knowledge shared by experienced gardeners from around the world.

Enthusiasts of every gardening niche can put down roots and grow their knowledge. Are you into water gardens, vegetable gardens, hanging gardens, growing flowers or arranging bouquets, container gardens, raised beds, farming, poultry, beekeeping or any other gardening pursuit? If so, you'll find we have forums, articles and videos to help you learn, grow and share advice.

Do you need help identifying a plant, bug or bird? Check out the plant and tree identification, insect identification forum, and the bird identification forum. Or browse the PlantFiles, BugFiles and BirdFiles databases, where you'll find information on more than 160,000 plants and thousands of insects and spiders.

The Garden Watchdog and Go Gardening directories will help you find the perfect source for your plants, seeds, and bulbs, whether the company is just around the corner, or halfway around the world.

We invite you to sign up and join our community, and share what you know! Here at Dave's Garden, you can create your own blog, upload photos for free, or use our tools to trade seeds and plants.

Since 2000, we've grown to be a comprehensive gardening community with discussion forums for every hobby, home and garden topic you can imagine. Our members are knowledgeable about soil, weather, watering, and just about every kind of plant and insect. On behalf of all our members, we are glad you came to visit, and we hope you will stop by again soon!

TODAY IN THE FORUMS

Think it's a type of fly, in SoCal

The insect is only about 3-4 mm long. Its wings normally rest much like a leafhoppers wings, but it was stretching them a lot, so they're out a bit in this pic. I got the impression it "jumped" when it got tired of me looking
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  Today in history: September 18  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: A bag of Epsom salts from the health and beauty section can be used to change the soil pH around your hydrangeas and blueberries, as well as to soak those aching feet after a day in the garden.

1818: Olof Peter Swartz, Swedish botanist and taxonomist, died two days before his 56th birthday. He studied under Linnaeus and collected about 6,000 specimens, now held by the Swedish Museum of Natural History. He specialized in orchid taxonomy and classified 25 genera.

1840: Constantine Samuel Rafinesque-Schmaltz, scientist, died at the age of 56. He was professor of Botany at Transylvania University in Kentucky, and wrote "Medical Flora, a Manual of the Medical Botany of the United States of North America."

1875: The Cincinnati Zoological Garden (now Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden) opened its doors.

1937: The Oakes Garden Theatre at Niagara Falls was opened to the public. It was built in the form of an amphitheatre and boasts rock gardens, a fan-shaped pergola, lily ponds and formal gardens.

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