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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Let's Trade Some Plants
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

One of the best ways to acquire new plant material or to get rid of excess plants is to conduct a plant exchange or swap. It can be a very simple event or you can get as elaborate as you desire. Here's a photo story of one such event, held in south eastern Michigan on a sunny fall morning.

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Nasturtium - Beautiful and Edible
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

An old plant with an old name, reminding me of old times and especially of my grandmother. But something is new to me about nasturtium: I discovered that it is edible!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

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Adding Fall Color with Ornamental Kale
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

It ís interesting how certain vegetables go in and out of style. Although it is has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years, kale is currently in.

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Identifying and Treating Fire Blight in Pear Trees
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Fire blight is one of the deadliest diseases found in apple and pear trees. It strikes during many phases of the tree's growth and flowering. Outbreaks can occur anywhere but are especially prevalent in the northeastern United States, where periodic outbreaks affect both commercial and backyard orchards.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Bird Lovers, Wake Up and Smell the Shade Coffee!
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

When you purchase coffee, what factors influence your buying decision? Brand recognition? Flavor? Price? Saving migratory Songbird habitats? Learn how drinking coffee grown in the shade gives rise to a sunny outlook for native and migratory birds in Latin America.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Daves 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, September 13, 2014

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Unusual and Bizarre Plants - Welwitschia mirabilis
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Some plants have unusual or strange flowers, while others have interesting leaf shapes or branching patterns. This plant, however, is bizarre and strange all around, practically exuding paradoxical characteristics. Read on to discover more about a plant that could win the title, "most likely to have originated on another planet . . ."

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Easy Refrigerator Pickles from Extra Produce
By Melody Rose (melody)

Sometimes extra produce seems to materialize overnight and rather than going through the time consuming process of canning, it might be easier to make some tasty refrigerator pickles. This works really well for a quick relish tray, or simply an unusual sandwich garnish.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

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Creepy Crickets: What Gardeners Need to Know About Camel Crickets, Mole Crickets, Mormon Crickets and Jerusalem Crickets
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Field crickets are well-known to most gardeners. But charming field crickets have some creepy cousins. Most of us will eventually encounter one of these odd insects. Here's what you'll need to know when destiny brings you face to face with a "creepy cricket."

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Revisiting Le Jardin des Plantes de Nantes
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Today we going to enjoy another garden, this time in Brittany. The city of Nantes lays some 340km west of Paris, on the shore of the large river Loire, some 50km from the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the main cities of Brittany where I happened to wander around this summer.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Vermicomposting: Worm Composting Indoors, Part One
By Andrew Aitkens (andycdn)

Does a worm make you squirm? How about a few hundred of them living under your kitchen sink? That's just part of the fun of indoor composting with worms. Vermicomposting is an easy way to turn kitchen scraps into rich compost for your garden or containers. Using only vegetable matter, it's as organic as what you put into the bin and reduces the amount of garbage going to landfill sites. Your plants will thank you. And it's a great project for the kids!

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Cryptanthus - Dividing and Growing
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

For a couple of years I grew a small Cryptanthus (earth star, crypt for short) under a glass cloche for its decorative appeal in my brightly lit Florida room. I lifted the cover if condensation formed inside the cloche, but generally the crypt was left under the glass cover for extended periods of time. Gradually the plant grew until it could no longer fit in its place. Several pups were vying for space, so I knew the time had come to divide it.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Canola: Where Does it Come From?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Canola oil has been sold in the U.S. since 1986. Some people call it "the healthiest oil." Others say, "olive oil comes from olives and peanut oil from peanuts. Does canola oil come from canolas?" Read on.

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Why I Love Mums
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Once September rolls around, I enjoy refreshing the color in my garden with a few new pots of fall mums. The cheerful blooms remind me of the cooler, crisper weather to come and of the beauty autumn has to offer.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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The Pomegranate - Healthy, Historical and Heavenly in Cooking
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

The Pomegranate, Punica granatum, is one of the oldest fruits known. It is also one of the healthiest foods on earth. These little ruby red seeds called arils are bursting with flavor, vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber. Don't be intimidated by their gorgeous outer husks. A deep bowl or sink of water makes quick work of separating membrane from aril as these glossy little gems rise to the top. They rise to the top in cooking too!

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Lessons from an Arborist
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Every decade or so, take time to reassess your trees and shrubs. As autumn leaves fall, the bare "bones" of your landscaping will emerge. Take advantage of this opportunity to see the structure of your landscape clearly. Consulting an arborist will help you find the courage, knowledge, and manpower to make needed changes.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

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Leadwort: A True Blue Fall Friend
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

This easy-care creeper sends up dainty blooms in the fall, when most other perennials are winding down. In addition to its intensely blue flowers and long bloom time, leadwort has the added benefit of color-changing foliage.

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Drying and Preserving Your Pomes
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

For some reason the apples always ripen within a few weeks of each other, leaving the home orchard owner with a plethora of fruit. The same is true with pears and other pome fruit.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Diana's Anise Biscotti
By Diana Wind (wind)

Biscotti can be made in a variety of ways, using almonds, pistachios or dried fruits. Our family's favorite recipe for Sicilian anise toast cookies, Biscotti all'Anice, uses fresh fennel or anise seeds from our garden, which add a special flavor to these low-fat cookies. Mama's favorite way to enjoy anise biscotti is to dunk them in her coffee!

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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, September 6, 2014

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Snakeroot and Ol' Larrnce
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Ol' Larrnce wasn't anybody's fool. He grabbed that snake by the tail and twirled it a time or two over his head and slung it as far as he could sling it. And it just kept coming back.

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Choosing and Caring for Autumn Mums
By Melody Rose (melody)

Autumn is a wonderful time in the garden. In most climates, the temperature has moderated enough for us to enjoy being outdoors. Garden centers have glorious mum displays and the colorful pots tempt us to bring a few home. Proper care will extend the show, so it's best to have a plan.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

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The Bells of Rehmannia
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Although rehmannia or Chinese foxglove is virtually unknown to U.S. gardeners, it ranks among the top 50 in China—of medicinal herbs, that is! Rehmannia glutinosa, also known as “earth yellow,” is the type used for that purpose. Its furry leaves and flowers remind me of gesneriads such as gloxinia.

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Aster, Pansies and Mums, Oh My!
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The abundance of fall blooming plants and color sources should keep any gardener happy with their eye pleasing tones and forms. Fall gardening doesn't have to be the end but can be as rewarding as the peak growing seasons. Plant some of these options for an autumn garden that will tide you over until spring.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Making Your Own Gardener's Hand Cream
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

Why aren't you making hand cream for those rough, scratched, and aching gardening hands? You probably have all you need in your kitchen, garden, and yard. If not, you may be able to get what you need locally!

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The House with Morning Glories
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

A garden full of plants, growing up healthy, crawling and climbing in every corner of the garden and on every fence or trellis, is every gardener's dream. The bushier the plants, the greater is the gardener's satisfaction. Morning glories are the perfect vines for achieving this goal in only one summer. My garden is full of them, crawling and climbing all over, making the garden look bushy and crowded. But this is how I like it.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Field crickets: these summer singers are welcome, almost all the time
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

One of our most familiar insects, whether you garden or not, is the field cricket. The sound of late summer is the song of crickets chirping, all day and all of the night.

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The Beauty of the Simple Cloche
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The humble cloche is simply a cover over one or many plants that protects them from cold weather and encourages solar heat. Not to be confused with the hat by the same name, the traditional glass covering might have come into common use in 15th century France.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Stinging Nettles are Not All Bad
By Kennedy Harris (kennedyh)

Stinging Nettles are not popular plants, I have received many stings from them over the years. Despite their stings, some lovely butterflies and moths choose them as their main food plants, so even Stinging Nettles give us something very special.

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A Beautiful Tribute to the Harvest
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

When the air turns crisp and the scent of burning leaves fills the air, we prepare for the coming winter by "putting by" food, cleaning up our gardens, and decorating our homes with the bounty.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

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A World with Many Bugs is a Good Thing!
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Well documented is the fact that the number of pollinators is diminishing worldwide. We know of the plight of the honeybee and the greatly diminished populations of butterflies and other pollinators. Also stated again and again, and beginning to be understood by concerned people is the fact that our food supply is directly related to pollinator activity, and that pollinator activity depends greatly on the availability of diverse plants that support them.

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New and Unexpected Ways to Use Apples
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

If you have multiple apple trees like I do, you look forward to the fall with mixed feelings. You enjoy having fresh-picked apples but after a while, you also feel a weighty sense of responsibility to use them all. In our family we eat apples raw, baked and pressed and every which way all fall. We give many away, and we preserve others.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

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Time to Tame the Raspberry Jungle
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Raspberry pruning is a stickery job,and the instructions in the books seem so confusing. But a lack of pruning leads to tangled, unproductive, disease-prone raspberry jungles. When your worst winter weather subsides, you can tame your raspberry jungle and turn it back into a respectable patch. I've studied the instructions and will do my best to explain raspberry pruning simply and clearly.

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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, August 30, 2014

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Setting up Your Own Japanese Bonsai Garden
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

Looking for a little peace and tranquility? Or maybe a new project? Here are a few tips to help inspire you to create your own tranquil Japanese bonsai garden.

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Identifying Wildflowers: Goldenrod
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many cultivated plants can trace their roots to common roadside wildflowers and gardeners often assume that the wild or native form is simply an escapee from someone's garden. Wildflowers are beloved little treasures that have inspired poets, artists and storytellers from around the world and learning to recognize them and preserving their declining habitat is something all gardeners should aspire to.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

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Minnie and the Thuja Seedlings
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Minnie is my dog and I love her. But when she tries to mess with my plants, I can get very upset and forget how much I love her. Like when she decided to play with my thuja seedlings – what a disaster!

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Blue Ribbon Gardening
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Anyone who has entered garden produce or flowers or plants into a local county fair always hopes for a blue ribbon. Acknowledgment of your time and effort is a nice reward, and cash prizes don’t hurt, sometimes just the bragging rights go a long way. However, if you take your eyes off the prize, you might learn a few things from the judges and other contestants to better your chances at a blue ribbon.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Celebrating the Fruits of our Work as Gardeners
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)



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Old stones and Hydrangea
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Brittany ("Bretagne" in French and "Breizh" in Britton) is the western-most part of France, a place whose name calls to mind several images for the French; rough sea, apple-cider, crêpes, erect stones and rainy weather.

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