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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: Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)

Pineapple Sage

(Salvia elegans)

In Phoenix, this plant grows very well and far exceeded our expectations. The foliage always stays a deep green and blooms...
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Great Garden Plants

Review by kdunnmon:

Posted on May 6, 2015, updated May 6, 2015 placed order and was told would ship in 2 weeks. then received notification that...
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BirdFiles: Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Mourning Dove

(Zenaida macroura)

This is one of my favorite birds... I have so many, but I really have a soft spot for this dear. Yes, they poop, but...
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BugFiles: Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Blue Dasher

(Pachydiplax longipennis)

Can anyone tell me why I have so many of these and the green ones? They don't hang around the front of the house where all...
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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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mystery peony bloom appears at base of tree peony

About a week after my tree peony "hanadaijin" finished blooming, this sweet bloom appeared on a long-ish stem, at the base of the plant, seemingly at ground level. It looks nothing like the blooms on my tree peony.
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  Today in history: May 6  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Just some food for thought. If vegetarians eat vegetables, just what is in a humanitarian's diet?

1778: Jean Baptiste Christophore Fusee Aublet, French botanist, explorer and pharmacist, died in Paris. He established a pharmacy and botanical garden in Mauritius, and assembled a herbarium in French Guiana. Verbena aubletia is named for him.

1806: Frederick Pursh documented the first collection of Lewis's Mockorange (Philadelphus lewisii) collected along the Clearwater River in Idaho.

1838: Cyrus Guernsey Pringle, American botanist was born in East Charlotte, Vermont. He would become a prolific botanist in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, discovering over 1,000 new species. Many species are named for him.

1895: The 22nd Kentucky Derby was won by Ben Brush. Pink and white roses were placed in a garland around his neck. It was the first time the famous rose garland in any form was presented to a Kentucky Derby winner.

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