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Clay Soil: A Real Challenge, by Toni Leland

For a potter or sculptor, abundant clay soil is Nature's goldmine. Thick and sticky, its natural strength and water resistance are prized by artisans, but despised by gardeners.

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Miniature Pumpkins: Big Reasons to Grow This Tiny Beauty, by Jeannette Adams

There are many stories through out the harvest season about giant pumpkins, giant watermelons, and even giant squash. It's the little ones that oftentimes win over the children. Depending on whom you ask, a miniature pumpkin may be classified as a squash, gourd, or pumpkin.

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PlantFiles: Hairy Bergenia (Bergenia ciliata)

Hairy Bergenia

(Bergenia ciliata)

Clump forming with small clusters of white/pink flowers in early spring. Large, rounded, evergreen leaves with bristles...
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Review by sarahoake:

I would highly recommend SeedsNow. My order arrived quickly and came with a free sample. Also received an email a few days...
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BirdFiles: Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

Brown Pelican

(Pelecanus occidentalis)

One of the coolest sights in the Fl Keys is watching this bird dive for fish....
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BugFiles: Saddleback Caterpillar Moth (Sibine stimulea)

Saddleback Caterpillar Moth

(Sibine stimulea)

I just found this caterpillar moth on my grapefruit tree that I keep on my porch in the summer. I have never seen anything...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Waterloo Gardens

3 stars
I went to the Exton store of Waterloo several times and it was a large, very good garden center in recent years. However,...
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Gardening Book: Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Review by hjhanna:

Decent book, but misses nuances. A follow-up post here from continued scientific study (who ever said science was concluded?)...
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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!


Spider advice needed!

I love my fall orb weavers and look forward to their arrival every August (or at least that's when they get brazen enough to spin huge webs near my front and back porch lights every night). This year is the first that
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  Today in history: October 6  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Cooler nights mean bonfires. But whether you're on the beach or in your backyard, practice safe burning procedures and watch children and pets around fires - a stray ember will burn little feet, too.

1821: Anders Jahan Retzius, Swedish chemist, botanist and entomologist, died at age 79, in Stockholm. He was a professor of natural history and described many new species of insects.

1859: The first 34 students entered the Maryland Agricultural College.

1914: Thor Heyerdahl, famous explorer was born in Larvik, Norway

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