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How To Determine Soil Texture, by Linda-reply42

Soil Texture Procedure: This test requires few tools, and is relatively fast. It will help you know if you have an extremely sandy soil, clayey soil, or something in between. I have just moved, and after the winter ground thaws, I will be doing this test on my own soil. You need a container with fairly precise measurements. I am going to use my 2 cup Pyrex kitchen measuring cup for measuring. But you also need a container, where you can shake your soil sample, mixed with water. I am going to use a quart canning jar to do my shaking, and immediately pour the solution into the Pyrex measuring cup.

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PlantFiles: Daylily 'Strawberry Candy' (Hemerocallis )

Daylily 'Strawberry Candy'

(Hemerocallis )

I have found this to be a very reliable bloomer, and one of beautiful true colors. Its one of my prettiest flowers in my...
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Edible Landscaping

Review by chancremechanic:

I ordered two Jujube trees along with a Japanese Persimmon tree from this company, back in March. The trees arrived well...
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BirdFiles: Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)

Orchard Oriole

(Icterus spurius)

This beautiful guy is always present in large numbers & easy to find in High Island, TX during spring migration. One of my...
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BugFiles: Pink-spotted Hawkmoth (Agrius cingulata)

Pink-spotted Hawkmoth

(Agrius cingulata)

Caterpillars feed on members of the Solanaceae family. Primarily potatoes. Found primarily in the southern US, but can...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Bluestone Perennials

5 stars
I can\'t say enough good about this company who consistently ships beautiful healthy plants in the best planting packaging...
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Gardening Book: Brugmansia and Datura: Angel's Trumpets and Thorn Apples

Brugmansia and Datura: Angel's Trumpets and Thorn Apples

Review by StarOfLeviathan:

This was the first book I read when I got my first Brug & it is one I refer anyone to when growing these majestic plants....
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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!


sweet pepper growing advice desperately needed. HELP!

I'm hoping someone could help me figure out what i"m doing wrong with growing peppers. Every year I plant pepper plants and get maybe one from every plant. There's got to be a secret that I don't know about...HELP!
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  Today in history: May 7  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: When passing along a start of your favorite houseplant, be sure to check it for pests first. Friends don't let friends contract aphids.

1700: Gerard van Swieten, Dutch scientist was born in Leiden. He would become the personal physician to Austrian Empress Maria Theresa; he also founded a botanical garden. The genus Swietenia was named for him.

1897: The Iowa general assembly adopted the wild rose (Rosa pratincola, now R. arkansana var. suffulta) as the official state flower.

1954: Edward Augustus Bowles, British horticulturist, died a week before his 89th birthday. He traveled frequently with Reginald Farrer and authored several horticultural books; he also presided over the Royal Horticultural Society until a few weeks before his death in 1954. Several plants are named for him.

1957: Hawaii named the Branta sandvicensis, commonly known as the nene or Hawaiian goose as its official bird.

1986: The Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) was named the state wildflower by the Oklahoma legislature.

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