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Dave's Garden Articles: By Bonnie Grant

Monday, April 14, 2014

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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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Friday, April 11, 2014

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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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Monday, April 7, 2014

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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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Friday, April 4, 2014

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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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Monday, March 17, 2014

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Recycled and Re-Purposed Items to Enhance Your Garden
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Gardens are more than just plants. We enhance the yard by installing paths, decks and patios, support structures for vines, fences, markers, benches and more. Many cast-off items are useful for creating some of these common garden additives. You may even find the materials in your own garage or basement. Even an old wooden chair adds charm when painted a bright color and used as a plant stand for a bounty of flowers. You can feel good about your choice of materials and promote a cycle of renewal and recycling.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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Seed Starting: Basic Tips for Success
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Gardener's start your engines! It's time to create edible bounty from your garden - starting with optimum veggie varieties, seed planting times, and care.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

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Types of Garden Protectors
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Cloches, row covers and cold frames can save your next season's crop. Get a jump start on gardening with a variety of garden protectors.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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Winter Feeding Tips for Our Feathered Friends
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The buffet is open and our feathered friends are most heartily welcome. Feeding and caring for birds in winter can help save their lives and enhance your wild life viewing experience.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

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Winter Care for Exterior Plants
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Watering plants isn't just for summer. Tips and tricks for keeping healthy winter plants in the home exterior.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

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History of Citrus Trees
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The flavors of citrus and those glorious juicy balls of sunshine have an interesting back story. There is more than meets the eye in our common citrus, with an intricate evolution and a powerful cultural importance.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Landscape Equipment
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Gardening tools provide crucial help for day-to-day projects and larger tasks. Maintaining and caring for garden tools helps keep them in tip top shape so they are ready for years of use. Simple tool care includes sharpening, oiling, cleaning, and occasionally sanding wooden handles. The first step is preventative care by storing them carefully and keeping tools free of dirt and moisture. Fall is the perfect time to look at how you store tools and what their needs are to get them ready for spring use.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

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Interior Foliage Plants - Winter Management and Care
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

House plants bring a wonderful soft focus to the home interior. However, many of the species commonly found for the home need special care to thrive in the varying seasonal conditions of the indoors. For one thing these plants are often tropical in origin and need an environment that mimics this. During the spring and summer these conditions are easier to copy due to higher light levels and naturally warmer temperatures, but foliage houseplants need a little tender loving care in winter to protect them from cooler, dimmer indoor conditions. Exact care will vary on species and zone of origin but some basic tips will help your foliage plants thrive and prepare them for the spring growing season.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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When a Nut's Not a Nut -The Humble Peanut
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Peanuts are synonymous with classic American moments such as baseball games and the PB and J on the first day of school. Their protein content rivals that of a beef steak and just a couple of tablespoons has as much fiber as 1/2 cup of broccoli. This amazing food is really not a nut at all but it packs powerful nutritional value and is a recipe staple around the globe.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

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How to Save a Tender Perennial Indoors
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Focus your eyes on your summer garden or patio and you will likely be able to find a plant that has been purchased as an annual when it is really a perennial in its growing zone. Garden centers and nurseries bring in exotic flora to tempt and delight us with new and more amazing color, scent and form. This excellent marketing approach is difficult to resist after a winter spent inside, chafing to grow spectacular flowers, fruits and vegetables. Many gardeners chose plants that will not survive their winter temperatures as annuals, but some of these tender flora can be saved over the winter, indoors. The result is money saved, a vigorous plant with a developed root system and the satisfaction of caring for a difficult specimen.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

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Preserving Winter Squash
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Winter squash like butternut, acorn, and turban are gorgeous vitamin-filled fruits that are adaptable to a variety of recipes and uses. The plants are easy to grow and will usually reward the gardener with a wheelbarrow full of beautiful gourds. Winter squash store for up to three months in a cool dark location. For longer storage they may be oiled or waxed to prevent small rot and mold spots from taking hold in any imperfection on the skin. The surface of the skin needs to be washed and completely dried before waxing or oiling. Each squash will need just a light coating of your preferred preservation formula.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

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How to Overwinter Tender Bulbs, Tubers, and Rhizomatous Plants
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

There is nothing in the world like a sea of perennial blooms rising to greet the sun after a season of gray wintery starkness. Bulbs and their counterparts - tubers, rhizomes and corms - enhance the landscape with a variety of form, texture and color. Even the northern gardener can force tender semi-tropical flowers indoors for outside enjoyment in the warm season. These types of plants are not hardy in cold and freezing temperatures and must be brought indoors to save the bulb and enjoy the blooms the next season.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

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The Difference Between Mums and Asters
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Fall is the time when garden lovers are desperately trying to preserve the summer and cling to its sunny, cheery blooms. Mums and Asters begin to appear in late summer for Autumn displays that can dispel the gloom of mourning summer's passing. Chrysanthemums are members of the family Asteraceae, or Aster.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

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Choosing Hardy Varieties
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The gardener who wishes to enhance the landscape with semi-tropical to tropical plants used to be out of luck. But today's cultivars have been bred to withstand colder temperatures, more extreme site conditions and carry resistances to disease and even pests.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

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How to Build a Greenhouse Out of Old Windows
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

We've all seen them…discarded windows from remodeling or structural demolition. They may be in your neighbor’s yard, near a construction site or even in your own garage, but these old panes still have a purpose.

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