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Explaining Vegetable Families: Alliums (Onions, Garlic, and More), by Sally G. Miller

Dozens of kinds of vegetables grow in home gardens. But nearly all of those crops have their "roots" in just a few plant families. Look at vegetable gardening with a family focus. Understand the special needs and attributes of vegetable families when planning and tending your garden. In this article: tips and tidbits about onions, garlic, and other members of their family, Alliaceae.

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Japanese Maples 101, by Todd Boland

Japanese maples are often considered one of the most lovely garden trees. Certainly few garden plants exhibit such variation in habit, leaf form and colour. This article will be the first of several devoted to this most elegant of garden plants. Here will be described the cultural requirements of Japanese maples, how to plant and how they are placed into their various groups, based on size or leaf shape.

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PlantFiles: Grandiflora Rose 'Arizona' (Rosa )

Grandiflora Rose 'Arizona'

(Rosa )

I bought this from Costco as rose tree last year,didn't know much about it BUT For Grandifora, Gives u LARGE blooms, very...
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Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.

Review by LeannaT:

I love the rare unique seeds Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. offers and really appreciate their ethos. I've bought their products...
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BirdFiles: Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Tree Swallow

(Tachycineta bicolor)

Last week of December, a large flock of these tree swallows numbering in the 10's of thousands filled the skies of our neighboorhood...
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BugFiles: Paper Wasp (Polistes apachus)

Paper Wasp

(Polistes apachus)

This nest is probably fewer than 8 feet horizontally, 10 feet vertically from the front door and mailbox. We'll see if we...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Breshears Florist & Nursery

5 stars
Good selections, reasonable prices, friendly and knowledgeable service. Experience gained over several years....
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Gardening Book: 200 Years and Growing: The Story of Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.

200 Years and Growing: The Story of Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.

Review by starkbros:

This book is a complete 200-year history of the Stark family members who were involved in the business, starting in 1816,...
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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!


New potted plant

We found this plant ready to be planted behind the shed at work. I\'ve seen a few volunteers of it growing around but never this big. Any ideas?

It starts with a single shoot with rows of leaves in the
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  Today in history: February 9  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: When starting your seeds, don't take shortcuts. Sterilize the pots or you may introduce problems to your tender seedlings.

1739: The traditional birthdate (according to the Quaker calendar) of William Bartram, botanist and son of John Bartram, born at Kingsessing, Pennsylvania. He would explore the southeastern U.S. and advise the first generation of naturalists exploring the new territories of the U.S.

1870: The U.S. Weather Bureau was established by a joint resolution of Congress that authorized collecting weather reports and issuing warnings for the benefit of commerce and agriculture.

1889: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was established as a Cabinet level agency.

1899: Minnesota's all time record low temperature: 59 degrees F below zero at Leech Lake Dam.

2004: The Garden Bookworm was introduced, giving Dave's Garden members an easy way to share reviews of their favorite gardening books, and find new books to add to their personal collections.

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