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Butternuts, by the bushel, by Sally G. Miller

I've long been a fan of butternut eating, but more recently consider myself as something of a pro at growing these winter squash in the casual home garden. Care to read my words of wisdom on both aspects of butternutticity?

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Houseplants Outdoors, A Pumpkin Indoors, by Timmy Jo Given

I used to think that houseplants were special species that could only live indoors. Then I began to place a few of them outdoors to see how they would fare. Likewise, I once grew a pumpkin plant indoors during cold weather. Here is my tale of growing things in exchanged settings.

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PlantFiles: Bigleaf Hydrangea 'Amethyst' (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Bigleaf Hydrangea 'Amethyst'

(Hydrangea macrophylla)

In "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004), it says that the shoots are stout, leaves thick and deep...
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Banner Flower Farm

Review by mustafapen:

I've been cheated too. The Banner's are very convincing to talk with and sure know how to reel in a victim of their scam....
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BirdFiles: Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Chipping Sparrow

(Spizella passerina)

We enjoy these cute little "guys" in the breeding months. We've seen them at the end of March until October. I appreciate...
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BugFiles: Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)

Western Tiger Swallowtail

(Papilio rutulus)

I've seen two Eastern Tiger Swallowtails in my backyard in the last two weeks, I can't remember seeing one here before. They...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Edible Landscaping

5 stars
This is my second time ordering from Edible Landscaping. The first time ordering was an excellent experience; same for the...
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Gardening Book: the book of little hostas

the book of little hostas

Review by sybilshappylife:

I'm new to hosta fever, so need all the knowledge and advice I can get. This book explains a great deal about caring for...
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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!


CLOSED: What is this insect? A Kissing Bug?

I took this picture several months ago in a small public garden where I volunteer in Gainesville, Georgia.
I think it is Triatoma sanguisuga, aka the kissing bug. T. sanguisuga is a type of Assassin bug, known to
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  Today in history: November 24  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Take a break from holiday finery and eat a picnic dinner on paper plates tonight. Be sure to recycle or compost the disposable plates and utensils!

1794: Ezra Michener, American botanist, was born in London Grove Township, Pennsylvania. He would specialize in cryptogams.

1826: Dr. Clarke Abel, British surgeon and naturalist, died in Calcutta. He collected specimens and seeds in China; the Abelia genus is named for him.

1849: Frances Hodgson Burnett, English-born author, was born at Manchester, England. She would later move to America and write several beloved children's classics, including "The Secret Garden."

1885: Jean Etienne Duby, Swiss botanist and priest, died at age 87 in Founex. He is best known for his work on cryptogams; Java moss (Vesicularia dubyana) is named for him.

1923: Henry Mitchell, American author, was born. He would begin writing a popular gardening column titled "Earthman" for the Washington Post in 1973. Read more here.

1965: Peter Hunt helped found the Garden History Society at the Royal Horticultural Society's New Hall. The society promotes the study of the history of gardening, and promotes the conservation of historic parks and gardens.

1998: An announcement was made that plants were being reclassified according to DNA, a 7-year effort led by Mark Chase of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Kare Bremer at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and Peter Stevens of Harvard University, U.S.

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