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Dave's Garden Articles: By Lois Tilton

Friday, May 22, 2009

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The Long and the Short of It: Carrots
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Even if you don't have the perfect soil for carrots, there are varieties that you can still grow successfully.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

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The Tall and the Short of It: Peas
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Tall vines or dwarf - which type of pea is right for your garden?

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Friday, May 8, 2009

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The Tall and the Short of It: Beans
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Pole beans or bush beans - which is right for your garden?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Beans! Beans! The Poisonous Fruit!
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Everyone knows that eating beans may have a socially undesirable effect on the digestive system. But many people are unaware that kidney beans, if consumed raw, contain a dangerous toxin that can produce much more drastic effects.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

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The World Wide Spud
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

How an unlikely, ugly little tuber conquered the world.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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Plant Names from Myth: Daphne
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Several botanical names derive from Greek myth, from the stories of gods who changed a hapless mortal into a plant. But Daphne gave her name to two completely unrelated shrubs.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

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Plant Names from Myth: Iris
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Where do the names of plants come from? What do they mean? The usual story is that Iris was named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, but the myths are actually a bit more complicated than that.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

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Sir Joseph Banks, Botanickal Explorer
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

February 13 is the birthday of Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist who sailed with Captain Cook to the South Seas.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

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From Aristotle to Linnaeus: the History of Taxonomy
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

The system that we still use today for giving scientific names to plants and animals has many founders, from the Greek philosopher Aristotle to the Swedish physician and botanist Carolus Linnaeus.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

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Hesiod: The First Farmers Almanac
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Almost three thousand years ago, a Greek poet named Hesiodos wrote a piece called Works and Days, which is now widely regarded as the first surviving farmers almanac, and an indispensable guide to the practices of ancient agriculture.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

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Winter Solstice Traditions
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Today is the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere - the shortest day and the longest night of the year. What are the different traditions associated with this event, and where did they originate?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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Tools for Making Applesauce
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

When life gives you too many apples, make applesauce! Here are a couple of labor-saving tools that will help you more quickly and easily process a lot of apples into sauce.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

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The Prairie in Summer
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

A photo tour of the Illinois tallgrass prairie in summer, from June through July. This article concentrates on the forbs, or non-grassy plants.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

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The Ziplock® Orchard
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

For many people, the greatest drawback to growing fruit in their garden is the necessity to spray, spray, spray in order to keep pests from spoiling the fruit. One solution is bagging the fruit instead.

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

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Big Bugs! at the Morton Arboretum
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

See the Big Bugs! from April 25 - July 20 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. David Rogers' huge wooden bug sculptures astonish children and fascinate adults.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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The Lawn Invaders: Yarrow
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

My prairie guide book says yarrow is often found in prairies that have been disturbed. In other words, it isn't really a native prairie plant. In fact, I'm beginning to think that "weed" is a good word for it, the way it invades the lawn.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

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Planting Rootbound Shrubs
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Don't let this happen to your new azaleas or other shrubs! Make sure they aren't rootbound before you plant.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

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Whose Name Is the Bluebell: Hyakinthos or Endymion?
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

What is a bluebell? This is not a simple question. Several entirely unrelated flowers are called by this name. But to make things even more complicated, the English Bluebell, otherwise known as the wild Hyacinth, has been tagged with different scientific names that come from different Greek myths. Let's see if we can untangle this mixed-up nomenclature.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

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Guarding the Garden Toad from Harm
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

By consuming thousands of insects and other pests during the course of a season, the toad is one of the best helpers a gardener can have. Unfortunately, the gardener can be the toad's worst enemy.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

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The Invaders: Ivy (Hedera helix)
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Who does not love an ivy-covered cottage? An ivy-covered wall? The friendly confines of ivy-covered Wrigley Field? Even the gods loved ivy. But it seems that quite a few mortals do not love ivy at all.

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Friday, February 8, 2008

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New Salad Greens for 2008 - Part III: Variety Greens
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

A salad bowl filled with nothing but lettuce – even a variety of lettuces - is like a monochrome picture or a chorus without harmony. It's missing something. This article showcases some of the new introductions in greens that gardeners can plant in 2008 to add some spicy flavor accents to their salads, as well as some that stand particularly well in warmer weather when many kinds of greens turn bitter and harsh.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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New Salad Greens for 2008 - Part II: Lettuce
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Lettuce is the foundation of the salad bowl. Here are some of the new introductions and featured varieties of lettuce that seed companies are offering the gardener in 2008.

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