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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Peaceful Plants: Yarrow
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

It often happens that we visit our friends or relatives at that precise moment when a particular flower or plant in their garden is at its springtime or summertime best. That is how I discovered the beauty of pink yarrow in late spring.

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Choosing the Right Tree for Your Front Yard
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

A tree is an investment for years to come, so choosing the right tree for your front yard is not a decision you should make quickly. Take your time to understand the requirements of various trees so that you choose a tree that won't just survive, but will thrive in your front yard.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Choosing a Small Ornamental Tree
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Sometimes trees are planted for shade, sometimes they are planted to serve as a windbreak, and other times yet they are planted for fruit or nut production. But when a small specimen tree is planted for its sheer and petite beauty within the landscape, it can add special interest to a landscape. Following are some suggestions for small specimen tree planting, whether it is for aesthetic or sentimental interest.

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Garden Visitor: The House Wren
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Its nondescript appearance belies the house wren's special talent -- each spring, this tiny brown bird delivers serenades worthy of an opera star.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

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Breathtaking Bridal Wreath Spirea
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

In full bloom a bridal wreath spirea looks like a fountain, pouring clusters of white flowers all the way down its arching canes in spring, often before the leaves appear. When cut, those canes can easily be shaped into bridal headdresses, explaining their name. Non-nuptial types of spirea, on the other hand, fashion their clusters at the ends of their stems, bloom in summer and fall, and come in colors other than white.

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Celebrating National Arbor Day
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

National Arbor Day is April 25 and the day honors the role trees play in our world. John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, might be known for his tree planting and conservation focus in the 1700s, but Julius Sterling Morton should be considered as the Father of Trees and Arbor Day.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

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An Asparagus That Vines
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Ever on the lookout for unique plants that will grow in my Zone 5a/b garden, I occasionally discover one that I feel other gardeners would like to know about, because of its ease of care and other positive attributes.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Blueberries for new growers - learn along with me
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

Blueberries are ideal for the home grower. They do not need much space and can even be grown in containers. I just started my blueberry 'patch' last year, so start yours now and we can become blueberry farmers together.

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Making Dandelion Jelly
By Melody Rose (melody)

Last week I published a book review about foraging and it inspired me to take it a step further. Spring has arrived in most of the Northern Hemisphere and since we're celebrating the coming growing season, I thought I'd kick it off with a unique foraged recipe.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Surprise Scallions for a Delicious Easter Meal
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Cooking with my own vegetables from my vegetable garden is one of the wonderful things country life has brought to me. Spring is the most beautiful season for gardening, when everything around sprouts and turns green. Sometimes I happen to have sprouts I didn't know about in my garden, but that's one of the best surprises ever!

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Celebrate National Garlic Day
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Garlic has a long and interesting history than spans from the Ancient Egyptians to modern day gardeners. As a result, April 19 is National Garlic Day, a day to celebrate this culinary and medicinal plant.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

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I CAN Grow Strawberries in the Desert!
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

I have written articles highlighting the philosophy of growing plants suited to your zone. I really should follow my own advice. Or, should I?

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All Around the Mulberry Bush (or Tree)
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

I grew up with simple children's songs which mention "the mulberry bush." "All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased the weasel" or "here we go 'round the mulberry bush" are probably the two most common. Imagine my surprise to find out that most mulberry bushes are in fact trees! Let's find out more about the intriguing mulberry tree, or Morus genus.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Fun with Forsythia
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

What is that willowy shrub that bursts forth with yellow blooms each spring? It's Forsythia. Fortunate to have a vigorous Forsythia in my yard, I have come to appreciate it for the striking landscape accent it provides.

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Attend Your Town's Arbor Day This Year
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

I attended the Arbor Day celebration in Wake Forest, North Carolina this year. Luckily it was a bright, sunny and unusually warm day for March.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Ah, Spring!
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Those long-awaited harbingers of the spring garden are beginning to make their appearance here at Cottage-in-the-Meadow-Gardens: snowdrops nodding their greetings as I pass by, early species crocuses lifting their tiny yellow chalices in a toast to the warmer weather to come, and winter aconites dancing about in their bright green mini tutus and yellow tresses.

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Purple Coneflowers? or Red, Yellow, -- or Tangerine?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Purple coneflower is the 2014 “Perennial Plant of the Year” chosen by the National Garden Bureau. Native to the central and eastern United States, this lovely wildflower not only beautifies prairies and gardens across the country; it keeps them alive with butterflies, birds, and beneficial insects.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

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Salvia apiana: White Sage
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

White sage (Saliva apiana) is attractive to bees and hummingbirds. In fact, apiana means ‘pertaining to bees’.

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Choosing the Right Tree for Arbor Day and Beyond
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

In North America there are over 700 tree species, which makes selecting the right variety to plant a long thoughtful process. Some tips and a list of the most popular and easy to grow species may help you decide on this lifelong companion.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Growing Sprouts From Seeds
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

A simple way to have fresh, nutritious food for your family is by growing sprouts from seeds right in your kitchen. And no sunny windowsill is even needed.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Mittleider Gardening System - Proven Sustainable in Family Food Production
By (JimKennard)

We often fear that which we do not understand. Growing healthy highly productive and sustainable gardens is an attainable goal, and as you learn the truth about the Mittleider system of growing you will discover it makes perfect sense. Learn from someone who KNOWS the system from long years of education and world-wide experience. And enjoy the gardening success you've always dreamed about.

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Dave's Garden Book Review: The Joy of Foraging
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners love books, as the number of titles devoted to the subject attest. We hope this spotlight on some of our members' favorites is a nice change of pace for your Saturday morning.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

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The Language of Tomatoes
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I have been growing tomatoes for almost 50 years. About five years ago, I received an invitation from a friend to see his tomato garden and it changed my outlook about growing the most popular plant found in home gardeners. I was very impressed by the vigor, size, and production of his heirloom variety called 'Daniels' which is said to be from West Virginia. This was one of the best-tasting tomatoes that I had ever eaten. He also generously shared some seeds with me and my choice of tomatoes to grow was changed forever.

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Vertical Gardening - Teaching Your Plants Who’s Boss
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Support your friends, support your community, support your plants! Gardening structures give a lift to hesitant climbers, blowsy flowers and vertically challenged vegetables.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Weather for Gardeners - Warm and Cold, Humid and Dry
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Weather conditions are extremely important to us as gardeners. If you are like me, you keep an eye on the weather for signs of heat, cold, rain, snow, or other possibilities that will impact your plants. In this group of articles I'm going to help you understand some of the "what" and "why" of weather phenomena. This is knowledge that you can use to get better gardening results. . .

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Parma Violet or African Violet?
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I've often heard the name of Parma Violet when referring to an African violet, but I have never questioned myself about this confusion, up until now.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Cream peas: these easy, delicious "Southern peas" are making their way north
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Moving to a whole new gardening zone can open up great new possibilities. I haven't moved, but my sister has. When she started gardening in Florida, she discovered cream peas. She found them easy to grow, but better than that, she discovered that the "simple" cream peas were surprisingly savory. She was so happy with her cream peas that she shared them with me both in the garden and in the kitchen. Now I'll share them with you.

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Water Conservation Tips for Your Garden
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

As fears of another summer of drought conditions in many areas develop, you may be wondering how you can save water and still have a thriving garden. There are a number of steps you can take to conserve this precious commodity and to save money while keeping your garden growing and healthy.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Euphorbias for landscaping - the cold-hardy columnar, tree species
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This is an article designed to introduce the reader to some of the available bigger succulent, columnar Euphorbia shrub or tree species used for landscaping and pot culture.

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The secret identity of those mild-mannered foods: SUPERFOODS*!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Look, out in the kitchen! It's a berry, it's a seed, it's a Superfood! These ordinarily mild-mannered and familiar foods come to you in their secret identity as Superfoods. Disguised as simple sweet potatoes or normal almonds from a great metropolitan supermarket, these Superfoods fight a never-ending battle for health, nutrition, and the American way, Possibly if you eat enough of them, you, too, can be faster than a speeding rabbit, more powerful than a Roto-Tiller and able to leap tall saplings with a single bound!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

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Stellar Starflower
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Although often considered southern belles, spring starflowers (Ipheion or Tristagma spp.) can shine as far north as zone 5. Since that is my own zone, I planted a few bulbs at the front of a flower bed last fall, covering them with an upside-down daisy tray (a flat with a webbed bottom) to prevent our chickens from scratching them up again.

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Wake Up to Spring Annual Color in Your Landscape
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Go beyond perennials with annual flowers. These easy to grow plants add the extra punch the early season garden needs for uplifting appeal.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Seven ways to sneak bulbs into your landscape without your lawn's mower even noticing!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

My husband loves his lawn. Oh, he's not as bad as the guy next door, who has a tractor mower for his quarter acre lot, but there is a bit of competition on our street for whose lawn looks the most like a golf course. (We lose.) And my dearly beloved husband won't let me plant crocuses in the lawn! That ripening period when the flowers are gone and the foliage is tall and gangly and he is not allowed to mow is just too long for him. So I've been exploring ways to hide the fact that I am still planting more and more bulbs in our yard.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

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A Refreshing Walk on Upland Reunion Island
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

As the weather is still quite warm at this time of the year I thought you would enjoy a refreshing walk in the highlands of Reunion, so we are going today to Argamasse.

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Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Coleus
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many new gardeners are starting to plan their first adventure into our crazy, wonderful world. Without a little guidance from seasoned veterans, they often choose seeds and plants that are more challenging than their budding skills can handle. These plant profiles will feature time-tested seeds and plants that are easy to grow, but produce a great show.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

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Heavenly Hyacinth
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Originally a rather humble spring bulb, hyacinth’s history can be traced back to the time of the ancient Greeks. Markedly improved in form, size and color, today’s hybridized hyacinth has fortunately retained a heavenly scent. As few as three of these classic beauties can perfume a spring garden or walkway for weeks.

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Fast, Nutritious Edibles for the Whole Family to Grow
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Want to eat your own produce without waiting an entire season? Try growing sprouts or microgreens.

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