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Companion Planting with Squash, by Shannon Bass

Companion planting is a great way to help certain plants grow better. Squash is a plant that always can benefit from companion planting.

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PlantFiles: Cranesbill 'Patricia' (Geranium )

Cranesbill 'Patricia'

(Geranium )

Much like G. psilostemon, but with somewhat softer flower color. In 2005, the Royal Horticultural Society granted this...
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Stark Brothers Nurseries & Orchards Company

Review by Feodosia:

I've been ordering from Stark Bros. for a few years now ... Ive had more success with their plants then most other mail...
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BirdFiles: Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Blue Jay

(Cyanocitta cristata)

I used to think these "fellows" were bullies, but that is until the Red-bellied Woodpeckers made themselves at home. Really,...
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BugFiles: Scoliid Wasp (Scolia dubia)

Scoliid Wasp

(Scolia dubia)

You DEFINITELY want this wasp in your yard. The favorite food for the larvae is the Japanese Beetle Grub. The female somehow...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Winter Greenhouse

5 stars
Very large inventory - and annually updated list & prices of their conifers, shrubs, perennials & annuals online at
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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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CLOSED: What is this plant?

This is growing in my friends yard and I really like it. Any ideas what it is? Thanks
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  Today in history: May 25  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Ladybugs aren't just the whimsical stuff of children's clothes and nursery rhymes. Welcome them to your garden - they will devour any aphids skulking around on your tomato plants.

1789: Anders (Andreas) Dahl, Swedish botanist, died at age 38. He was a student of Linnaeus; the Dahlia genus is named for him.

1877: In Minnesota, a bounty of $1 per bushel on grasshopper eggs expired. The state had experienced a 4-year plague of grasshoppers/locusts.

1911: Cyrus Guernsey Pringle, American botanist died at age 73. He was a prolific botanist in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, discovering over 1,000 new species. Many species are named for him.

1999: The native oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) replaced the Camellia (introduced from China) as the state flower of Alabama.

2002: An 18-leaf clover was discovered by Shigeo Obara in Hanamaki City, Iwate, Japan.

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