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Thursday, November 27, 2014

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The Thanksgiving Lesson
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

It all started with the realization that I was unable to eat anything that had lived, breathed, listened to, or looked at me. If it had eyes, it could see me, and there was no way I could eat it. Nobody was going to talk me out of that one, not even on Thanksgiving Day.

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Protecting Your Plants from Winter Wildlife
By Susan Beal (SBeal)

Don't let your perennials become the winter food source for hungry wildlife. Find out everything you need to know to protect your property and your landscaping plants.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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The Herbs and Spices of Thanksgiving
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

What would Thanksgiving be without herbs and spices? Imagine turkey and stuffing minus the fragrance of sage, thyme, rosemary and marjoram. Pumpkin pie wouldn't taste as rich without cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice. Among the many blessings of today's cooks and bakers is the ease with which we obtain and use these delicious seasonings.

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Apples for Christmas
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

There is nothing better than a baked apple to bring Christmas spirit into our homes! Even if I can eat apples all year long, Christmas is a special occasion when apples must be on the dinner table, whether they are fresh or baked in a cake.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Thankful for (Domesticated) Turkeys
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

With all the sales and “free turkey!” promotions, it probably didn’t take much to convince you to have turkey as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving dinner. Domestic turkeys have become such a common holiday purchase that we don’t stop to consider that they weren’t always so easy to obtain…

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Reconciliation Ecology
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Gardeners should be aware that the plants they choose will affect the local wildlife. Butterfly host plants and plants that provide seeds and berries for the birds, will attract them to your garden.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

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Scarce Scadoxus
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

My nodding scadoxus (Scadoxus nutans) bloomed for the first time recently, looking like a somewhat bent orange shaving brush. The poor thing was quite pot bound at the time. However, in its homeland of Ethiopia, it grows on trees and rocks in mountain forests, so it probably isn’t picky about how much soil it does or doesn’t have.

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Sweet and Savory Uses for Peanuts and Peanut Butter
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

Roasted peanuts are a delicious to munch on at a baseball game or the county fair. But, there is so much more you can do with the tasty legume. Grab a bag of tasty peanuts and head to the kitchen. Here are some easy ways to incorporate peanuts and peanut butter in your recipes.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Dish Flower Patterns: Part I
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

Floral patterns have been used to decorate just about everything and appear almost everywhere.They have been used so extensively, that we take them for granted even though we pass them by everyday. One area of design we may not notice is on dinnerware. The floral patterns depicted here reflect the art work of great designers and remind us of a history in which flowers played a central part.

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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, November 22, 2014

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Native American Honeysuckles and their cultivars
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

I began to grow native honeysuckles several years ago after falling in love with the Asiatic varieties but disliking their invasive habits in our American soil. I have found them to be drought tolerant and easy plants to grow. Casual gardeners frequently ask what they are - isn’t it nice to know that such an interesting plant can be native to our habitat?

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Make Sauerkraut at Home for Healthful Benefits
By Melody Rose (melody)

Fermented food has been around for over 6000 years, making it one of the oldest preservation processes known to man. Not only does it preserve food, but it is also a source of natural probiotics which help support the immune system and provide health benefits. With just a few simple tools, you can ferment your own vegetables as part of a healthy diet.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

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Goldenseal and the Boxed Pie Supper
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Goldenseal became a part of early colonial medicinal care with the birth of our country. Those European settlers learned of it from the Iroquois and other tribes. It has not lost its antibiotic qualities, but I wonder if we have lost the ability to properly use them. This is an Aunt Bett story from years ago.

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How to Grow Orchids Indoors
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Orchids are tougher than they look. If you've always wanted to grow orchids but were afraid to take one home, this information might changes your mind.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Christmas Cacti Care
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

There are several plant species that are called Christmas cacti, but the true Christmas cactus is the plant discussed below, Schlumbergera x buckleyi, a hybrid of some very similar holiday cacti, and is a very common plant in cultivation. These are relatively easy plants to take care of, safe (no spines or toxins) and can live a long time (generations). The following is a brief discussion of these plants and their year round care.

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The Best House Plants for Low Light
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

Some plants grow perfectly fine in very low light conditions. If you need to find the perfect plant to live in a shady spot of your home, here are a few that will not disappoint.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Overwintering Plants Inside the House
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

My house has a Florida room. Originally a front porch, it has been enclosed and made a part of the main house. This long, narrow room has wrap-around windows on three sides. The other side opens into the dining room on one end and a music room on the other end. This Florida room, as I call it, offers a sweeping vista of my garden, but it becomes very important to the welfare of some of my plants during the winter. much.

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Get Nutty!
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Nut butters are a snap and homemade ones have no preservatives or fillers and less oil and salt. Pick your favorite nut and get ready to get nutty!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Put Your Own Seasonal Harvest on Your Thanksgiving Table
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Thanksgiving is at its heart a harvest festival. Make the holiday special by featuring the seasonal bounty of your own garden on the table at your Thanksgiving feast.

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How to Build A Gutter Garden
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

A gutter garden is a great space-saving method in which you can grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Building a gutter garden makes a great winter project that can be completed indoors.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

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Something from Nothing
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

It's chilly outside, and the house is cold. Wouldn't it be nice to bake something to warm up the kitchen and the tummies? But the cupboards are bare. Or are they? Here are two tasty recipes for wholesome snacking that require a nearly bare cupboard to create.

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How to care for Knock Out Roses
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

Maintaining a rose garden can be a lot of work. But, believe it or not, there is a rose variety that is tough and requires very little. Here are some tips and tricks to help you successfully grow the world's easiest rose.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

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Christmas Island: Galapagos of the Indian Ocean
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

While I was busy decorating our home for the holidays recently, I found myself humming a tune that I hadn’t heard or thought of in years. It begins: “How’d you like to spend Christmas on Christmas Island...”

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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, November 15, 2014

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Ginkgo biloba: Living Fossil Tree
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

A symbol of love, peace, hope and longevity, the Maidenhair Tree has withstood the Ice Age and the bombings in Japan in WWII. It is an amazing testament to endurance and strength and lives on as a survivor with healing capabilities.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Photo Contest
By Melody Rose (melody)

As this year comes to a close, we are proud to announce the winners of this year's Photo Contest. We had over 1500 entries from around the world and the best of the best was voted on by our membership. The winners and runners-up are an international group and represent a wide range of climates and gardening styles. Please help us congratulate everyone who participated, as they are all winners in our book!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

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Cold Hardiness and Palms- what does it mean and what can be done about it?
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Palms are a mostly tropical species. However, thankfully, many palms can grow in subtropical and temperate climates, providing a wonderful 'touch of the tropics' to less than tropical climates throughout the world. This article is not about what these palms are (that article was already published a few weeks ago), but more about cold hardiness itself and how it relates to palm growing. As one will see there are many related complexities that pertain to marginal palm growing one might not guess at just thumbing through a list of cold hardy palms.

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Florileges: A Year-round Tropical Flower Show on Reunion Island
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Dear readers, it's November again which means Floriléges for the inhabitants of the town of Le Tampon where I live. Let us have a look at what it is about.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

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Winterizing your pond
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Another rewarding pond season is coming to a close and it is time to ready the pond for winter.

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Gardens of the Getty Center
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

The Getty Center in Los Angeles, California is famous for its collection of European art and artifacts. It is also well known for its modern architecture by Richard Meier. Among all of this static art are also living and dynamic works of art. The Getty Center is also known for its gardens.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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A Short History of the Chrysanthemum
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Reflecting the spicy scents and mellow colors of autumn, chrysanthemums are a beloved component of the fall landscape. Introduced to the new world during colonial times, the mum now reigns as one of America's favorite flowers.

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Various Alternatives to Peanut Butter
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Did you know November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month? It's true, and many Americans do not need an excuse to celebrate. In fact, Americans eat about 700 million pounds of peanut butter each year, and, according to the National Peanut Board, the average American child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before earning a high school diploma.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Black Gum - Another Great Native Tree for Landscapes
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

For several years I have enjoyed living in close proximity to a black gum or black tupelo tree. In all seasons, it has something interesting to observe and appreciate.

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In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

As a child, I was given a small red poppy on the Sunday before Memorial Day during Sunday school. I wore that little plastic poppy all day Monday proudly. My grandfather explained to me the significance of the poppy and why there was such a thing as memorial day. I recall seeing veterans marching in a parade and each had a red poppy just like mine attached to their lapel.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

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Captivating Canary Island Bell Flower
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Since most bellflowers (Campanula spp.) have purple or pink flowers, the blooms of the Canary Island Bellflower (Canarina canariensis) stand out in bloodshot orange. Campanulas are mostly perennial plants too, while the tuberous and vining canarina is only hardy in zones 9b to 11.

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DIY Fall Wreath Ideas
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Gift giving during the Christmas season is a wonderful way to share the holiday spirit with others.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

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The Edible Fall Centerpiece
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

Gardeners enjoy bringing the beauty of the summer garden indoors. During the fall it is no different. A table centerpiece is a nice way to add a touch of fall to the home. Centerpieces need not be high priced creations bought at the florist. It is possible to create an easy and relatively inexpensive fall centerpiece. Adding apples or other garden bounty will make it an edible display.

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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, November 8, 2014

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What to Feed Backyard Birds
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

May I interest you in a fine selection of fruit and nuts? Choosing the right feed to serve your backyard bird feeders may seem daunting. This helpful introduction to bird feed is a second in a four-part series on backyard birds.

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Dogwood Trees: Great Autumn Color
By Melody Rose (melody)

The dogwood tree is most often associated with spring because of the lovely floral display it provides. However, this tree also shines in autumn with glorious red leaves and berries.

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