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Dave's Garden Articles: By Benjamin Hill

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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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Introducing the New Brevaria Tomato
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

In a small Italian town, along the outskirts of Florence, a recent discovery has been made. An ancient species of tomato has been unearthed and promises to offer something spectacular for your kitchen garden.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

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That’s right, Woodchuck-Chuckers – it’s GROUNDHOG DAY!
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? This is what is on most of the country’s mind today for if legend has it, if this particular groundhog sees its shadow then there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, it will be an early spring!

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

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A Child's Christmas Tree
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

A child’s imagination knows no bounds. They seem to have a wondrous, enviable ability to see things in a way lost to most adults. When Christmas was over, Emma asked her dad if she could leave the tree up all year. No was the answer but she failed to give up on her tree.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Southwestern Gardens Get Their "Second Wind" in the Autumn
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

I live in Tucson, Arizona and the best part of the year is upon us. I tune into the news to listen to local meteorologist Chuck George tell us about the weather. It is getting cooler at night and we most likely won't see triple digits again until June. It's time to go outside!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

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Garden Sentimentality: The Story of an Autumn Sage
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

I must share something with you, my fellow Dave’s Garden friends: I am a sentimental gardener. If you have read any of my previous articles, you already know this about me. I feel I must explain just how sentimental I truly am.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

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Penciled In
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

I had a dream of creating something so grand, beautiful and full of life. The dream was broken down into plans and the plans went into action. Through the planning, digging and creating, it is only now that I can enjoy it properly as I begin to tear it down.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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Cats in the Garden
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

As gardeners, we love our pets – a lot. If you visit any of the forums at Dave’s Garden, someone, somewhere will tell tales of their pets. Sometimes the stories are fun, other times they are not. Here is my story.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Pachelbel In The Garden
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Most everyone is familiar with Pachelbel’s Canon otherwise known as Canon in D Major. Chances are if you have been to a wedding, you have heard this beautiful music play during the processional.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

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In a Tucson Garden, the Flanders Poppy Grows
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

It has been a year since my first article was published. Writing an article on this day is a blessing and I hope to continue to write something for you every year.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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My Garden Has a Plan for Me
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

My love for the garden and all the natural beauty contained within is not a secret. I speak of tending to my garden to all who will listen. There always seems to be some sort of plan for my garden. Today, I realize it is actually my garden that has plans for ME.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

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I Say Love It Is a Flower
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

You may recognize those words from the beautiful song The Rose by Bette Midler. Not many flowers say love more than the rose. I shall share with you one such story of roses and love.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

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A Scentimental Christmas with Vanilla
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

It has been said that the sense of smell is the quickest way to recall most memories in life. Think of all the wonderful scents that have the powerful ability to evoke the best and even worst times of your life: rain, cut grass, fire, wet leaves. Now think of all the aromas of Christmas. There are so many. I shall share with you some of my favorites beginning with vanilla.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

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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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Saturday, October 27, 2012

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For the Love of a Gourd
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Orange, round and the quintessential representation of autumn, the pumpkin never fails to capture our hearts.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

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Autumn Interlude
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

The days are growing shorter and there is a hint of a chill in the air. The transition of summer ending and winter beginning is upon us.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

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You Can't Grow That Here! Part II – Finding an Alternative
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

In part one of this series I discussed the overwhelming desire to choose plants not necessarily suited for the climate in which we live. When the growing season begins, there is a large selection of the most beautiful plants cultivated and raised in the idyllic conditions of a greenhouse. The garden centers and nurseries are counting on you giving in to temptation and taking something home -- whether it will last or not.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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You Can't Grow That Here! Part I
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

I chose the beautiful plumeria as the thumbnail image for this article because here in the low desert of Arizona, there is a huge temptation to grow this beauty. All it takes is one particularly cold winter and we realize why so many have said YOU CAN'T GROW THAT HERE!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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Vivaldi in the Garden
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

If spring had her own theme song, Vivaldi’s Spring would definitely be it. When listening to this masterpiece, crocuses, daffodils and iris dance around in my mind.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

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Teardrop In My Eye
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

One of my favorite musical artists is John Denver. Many of his songs reflect how beautiful and awe-inspiring nature is. One of his most familiar songs Country Roads sings of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I tell you now if you have not seen them, you must add that of your list of things to do in life.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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The Plant I Cherished Is Gone
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Our gardens are full of plants we absolutely love and in this mix of our most loved are plants that carry a very special, personal meaning. These are the plants we want to live forever.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

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I Grew This!
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

I watched a CNN special one evening a while back and they were asking children questions about various things. Where does food come from? The store was the reply. Where does the store get the food? They make it there. I found that to be beyond sad and actually very disheartening.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

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Coming Around Again
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

I am the nomad searching for permanency in a world that revolves around the temporary. Like the tree, I desire roots deep in the ground.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

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Sleep In Heavenly Peace
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Most of us recognize these words to the traditional Christmas song Silent Night. It is such a beautiful song and perhaps I may be forgiven if I associate the words with the entire winter season.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

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Uprooting a Beech Hedge
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

I love this garden but there are just too many things in my way. This is what I told myself when I moved into my first home with a garden. I have told you part of my adventure but there is indeed more to the story.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

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Love Across the Miles
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

If ever there was a rose that should be in every garden in the world, the Peggy Martin rose would be it.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

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Grow Some Cover Crops For Rich Green Manure
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

As a gardener you have most likely been told time and time again, the key to good planting is good soil. There's no getting around that really. Most plants require a healthy, nutrient-rich soil. While there are many ways to achieve this, I will share with you a fun, inexpensive way to improve your soil.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

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Put a Little Love in Your Heart
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Monday, September 21, was Peace Day. How did I find that out? I went to YouTube looking for something completely unrelated and the Peace One Day video was featured. I thought about what gardeners could do to increase the awareness of this wonderful day.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

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Garden Photography – Choosing a Camera
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Welcome to summer! Gardens across the northern hemisphere have burst into life and color. Wouldn’t it be great to capture all this beauty in an image to keep forever?

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Friday, June 5, 2009

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My Garden, the Archaeological Site
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Spring brings with her transitions to the garden landscape. The urge to change is overwhelming and as the old is cleared away, one can often find remnants of garden designs of long ago.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

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Southwest Adventures: Tribute to Tohono Chul Park
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

As gardeners, we love to visit botanical gardens when travelling. If in London, Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace are at the top of the list for must see gardens. In Tucson, we have Tohono Chul Park.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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Why Choose a Locally Owned Nursery to Buy Your Plants?
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Bigger is not always better. When it comes to plant selection, service, and enjoyment, nothing can be finer than the smaller family owned garden nurseries.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

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A Tale of Two Hollyhocks: The Galena Hollyhock
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

When tears are in your eyes, it’s time to look outside. Your heart can find another way.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

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Cultivating Stillness - Preparing Your Sacred Space
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Why do we garden? This is a rhetorical question of course but when we stop to think about it, one of the most compelling reasons is to have a place to find solace from the outside world.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

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Southwest Adventures: The Desert Comes to Life
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Do you believe in magic? As gardeners, I am almost certain that you do. I shall share with you a beautiful sort of magic that is unveiled twice a year in the low desert.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

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Introduction to the Modern Library Gardening Series
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Should there be more to a gardening book than the expected “how to” or quick reference? Absolutely! Our garden library should be as vast and varied as the garden itself.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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Eating Peas From the Vine
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Taking a moment to share the magic of the garden with a child can be the most rewarding thing you could ever do.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

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Aquarium Water – Liquid Gold for Your Garden
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

As gardeners, we most likely have a plethora of other hobbies we attend to. For me, I enjoy keeping an aquarium. Not only can I tend to a water garden but I can also enhance my outdoor garden as well with aquarium by-products.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

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A Tale of Two Hollyhocks – The Priscilla Hollyhock
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Grow, I sang to the seeds. Bloom, I commanded the plants. Safe, I told myself. Home.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

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Through the Years, We All Will Be Together
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Dave’s Garden is more than a site with a comprehensive plant database, although at first that is exactly what I thought. When exploring the site a bit further, I had yet to uncover the best part of the website: the multitude of forums! Whether it be regional or specifically plant oriented, the forums have something for everyone. This aspect is what sets Dave’s Garden apart from the rest.

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