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Dave's Garden Articles: By Mitch Fitzgerald

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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The Story of the Jack O'Lantern
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

You see them each year, you carve them, and maybe you even grow pumpkins just for this special purpose but do you know the history of this common and culturally significant icon? Read on to find out the history behind the cherished fall icon.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

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The Plants and Trees of the Southern Prairie
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

There is a large movement in the southern half of the United States to move back towards native plants that at one time covered all this area. They bloom in the years we have a lot of rain and, due to deep tap roots, they bloom in the years we have little rain, too. With their deep tap roots many of these plants live year in and year out with little care after the first few years.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Native Gifts
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Today in the gardens and on our tables are a wealth of foods - all native to these lands in their roots. This is a short look at the plants that came from the Americas.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

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Cempasúchil, The Marigold and Day of the Dead
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Of all the flowers to come from the Aztec world, this one is by far the most planted and cared for today. Once used in the major ceremonies to honor those departed, this flower now can be found in front of homes all over the world. Now you too can know the secrets of the cempasúchil, the marigold.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

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Vernonia baldwinii - The Underused Ironweed
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

With tall stalks rising from the grassy prairie Vernonia baldwinii is a stunning plant with simple leaves and stems that are crowned from the heat of summer to early fall with wonderful purple blooms. A great plant that needs to be in more gardens - let me introduce you to the wonder that is Ironweed.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

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Stunning Historical Iris
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Irises are among the hardiest and easiest to grow perennials. They can be grown all over the United States and in most of the world. There are so many new Iris out there it can, at times, be hard to know were to start an Iris collection. I would suggest that the modern gardener look to the older historic iris as the backbone of any garden. These irises have stood the test of time, they bloom in adverse conditions, and they will reward the grower with such little work it might feel like they grew themselves.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Simple Perennials You Can Grow
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

For years I tried and failed to grow plants in the garden. The whole reason, I was to find out, was simple pitfalls and the wrong or hard to grow plants in the garden. This is a list of simple garden perennials that you can grow in the garden and ones that will reward you year after year.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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How To Lay Out A Vegetable Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

There is very little more rewarding than laying out and planting your own vegetable garden. With some time and thought you can have row on row of wonderful and rewarding plants for your consumption and pleasure!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Eight Popular Greenhouse and Houseplants
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

We all have to start somewhere. These are the most popular small blooming plants to grow in a greenhouse or, if you have the right place for them to live, in the house too! They are great plants that come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes so take some time and dig into the ones that really strike your fancy.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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A Mistletoe Story
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Build a warm fire in the fire place, get a good cup of something warm to drink, and get ready to read a wonderful tale of times long gone and an era long forgotten.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Outdoor Bulbs for Spring and Fall Planting in the South
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

You have trees and shrubs, you have annuals and perennials, and what else can you add to your garden to give it that little bit of color? Bulbs! Bulbs are easy to plant, simple to maintain, and great for giving surprise pops of color here and there in the garden. This is a simple listing of bulbs that can be planted in the southern part of the United States, about zones seven to nine, without problems.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Famous European Gardeners You Need to Know.
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

There are people who have laid the path before us, those who, from the first days in the first garden, started to learn and write down the things that mattered. These are the people who we today owe a debt of gratitude for their never ending efforts to spread the knowledge and growing of plants to everyone - everywhere.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

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Annuals You Can Grow
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

For color and filler in the garden, nothing beats the bloom power of the annual and biennial flowers. These are many of the classic flowers that we remember from our childhood gardens and a few new friends that you too can grow in your garden to spruce up any flower bed or pot.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Magnolia - Southern Garden Queen
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

When you think of the old South, with its formal gardens and homes rising out of the soil, you cannot help but think of the trees around that home. One of the trees that stands out among the best and most symbolic trees of this wonderful and rich culture is the stunning and wonderful Magnolia grandiflora.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

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The Flowers of the Season
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Each year at this time of year we use plants and flowers to decorate our homes and declare the season. Ever wonder about the plants and flower we use? Ever wonder where they came from and just a hint at their meaning?

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

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Beginner Perennials You Can Grow Your First Year
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

For years I tried and failed to grow plants in the garden. The whole reason, I was to find out, was simple pitfalls and the wrong or hard to grow plants. This is a list of simple garden perennials that you can grow in the garden and that will reward you year after year. Listed here are more of these wonderful and simple plants.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

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Aralia cordata: Growing Udo
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

One of the great leafy vegetables from Japan that is a rare sight in American gardens is the Udo. This will be a starting look into the plant, how to grow it, and how to prepare it for consumption.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Forbs of the Southern Prairie Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Much of the southern United States is catching on to the native plant movement. The hardest thing for the southern gardener is finding those plants that both look good in our area and will stand up to the heat. These plants can be added to a cottage look garden, they can be mixed into borders, or they can be used to build a full prairie garden.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

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Brugmansia - the Basics and How To Grow Them
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Brugmansia or Angel’s Trumpets are some of the most intoxicating and wonderful flowers to grow but many gardeners shy away from these wonderful plants because they feel they are hard to grow or are too much work to be worth it. This is a look at these wonderful plants and the simple and easy way to grow them.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

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The Carefree School of Gardening
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Are you tired of all the pulling millions of weeds, deadheading the thousandth flower, mowing the grass yet again? Let’s talk about a carefree and no mess school of gardening and see what we can come up with for solutions to every man’s and woman’s home garden.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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Going On A Banana Hunt
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Something like the Great Honey Hunt book of my childhood, this was one adventure I lived through in the jungles of Veracruz, Mexico back in the late 1990s. Let’s take a little look into the world of jungle cooking, and who knows but that you might want to travel one day to Veracruz and enjoy these wonderful foods for yourself.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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Hand-Me-Downs
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Growing up for the first ten years of my life most of my clothes were the tossed off, hand-me-downs from my older cousin. He was a husky and I was a slim but a tight belt fixed most of those problems. I learned to hate the garbage bags brought over by my aunt but, looking back, I have found that hand-me-downs are not all that bad after all.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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When It Is Time To Move
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

The time will come for most of us, sooner or later, to move. How do you make that move and keep your plants happy? Unless you are one of the few people who can just walk away from all your plants and start over at your new home, you will be digging and preparing for the move up to one year before hand. Here is a short primer on how to get your garden ready to move - without going crazy.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

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Native Herbs, a Cherokee Look At Herbs and Plants
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

With most people today wanting to go back to a more natural and simple way of living, we find increased desire to know the herbs and medicines that the native peoples used over the years to heal themselves. The quest is given to take these herbs and mass produce them so everyone can use the simple cures. What can we learn from the native people and their use of herbs? I am just one voice but this Cherokee will try to help give guidance and a few tips to use along your way.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

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How to Plant A Flower Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

So you want to grow some flowers right? Are you looking for a simple and easy to understand way to get that flower garden into your yard and still make it look good? Following these simple steps you will be more than able to design and plant your own flower garden.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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Queen Hatshepsut
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Long believed lost in the annals of time, the famous Queen Hatshepsut was mostly unknown beyond a few scholars. Yet this Queen of ancient Egypt is noted among the ranks of the most famous gardeners the world over - read on and find out why.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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Salvia - How to Grow the Easiest Plant in the World
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Would you like to grow the easiest and best plant to grow worldwide? Well ok, so maybe there are other plants that might be better world over, but this is one of the top plants. No matter where you live or how you garden, there is a salvia for you!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

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Milkweed Dreams - Growing Milkweed
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Coveted by gardeners and butterfly enthusiast alike, this simple and exotic plant is a wonderful addition to any garden. Growing this wonderful and very rewarding plant is so simple and easy… but I am getting ahead of myself.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

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Theme Gardens
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Tired of all the boring and normal looking gardens? Are you ready for an adventure that will take you into the depths of the soul of gardening and whimsy? Pull up a chair and get ready for the wonderful and exciting world of theme gardens.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

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Salix - How to Grow Willow Trees
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

There is little that is more romantic than the couple together in a little boat on the edge of a pond under a massive weeping willow. But how do you get that little whip you bought to grow into the big tree you long for? Look no farther--here are your answers.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

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Indian Tobacco - Verbesina virginica
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Indian Tobacco, otherwise called Frostweed, is a simple and forgotten plant in the garden. This plant is the first native plant that I added to my garden. The gift I received was nine rooted cuttings that became an odyssey into the world of native plants.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

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The Gardener's ABCs - N-Z
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

A fun look into the wonderful and illogical world of the garden and all the great things we can learn and do with our time there. This is just meant for fun, but maybe you can learn a little too.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

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The Garden’s ABCs-- A-M
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

A fun look into the wonderful and illogical world of the garden and all the great things we can learn and do with our time there. This is just meant for fun, but maybe you can learn a little too.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

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Bad Gardeners
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Bad Gardeners, Bad Gardeners, what are you going to do, what are you going to do, when they come for you? Are you a bad gardener? What side of the thin blue line do you stand on? Here are some profiles of common garden criminals. See if you fit into any of them.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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A Short History of the Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Ever look out your window and wonder how everything you have there got started? How did we get beds and rows, pots and planters? When did the homes have their own gardens? This will be a short dive into the world of gardens and its rich and very ancient history.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

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Water Plants for Shallow Water and Bogs
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Most people really get into the water garden thing one step at a time. The first step into this wonderful world is getting into plants for shallow water and bog plants. This is a stunning and easy way to get your feet wet and add a new dimension to the garden.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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Trash Trees: Why We Love Them
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

We have all seen that plant… that tree that everyone hates but in my mind I just have to have one… I have to plant it over there – maybe out of the way… but for some reason I just need that tree. I might hide it, might never ever talk about it, but why did I plant that tree there in the first place?

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

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Simple and Basic Houseplants
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

You have the space but is getting that first house plant a hard thing for you to do? Or do you have a few house plants and are looking for a few more to add to your collection? Here is a short list of a few very simple and very easy house plants for you to look at and consider adding to your indoor “garden”.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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Plums – The Wonder Fruit, How to Grow It.
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

What is the superhero of the fruit tree world? Why the humble Plum, able to thrive in places other fruits have long forgotten, live in famine or in deluge, and be able to produce at a very young age. This is one fruit tree you need in your garden. They are stunning in full bloom or fruit.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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Pears – and How To Grow Them
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

What is the one garden tree that you don’t plant for yourself but for your grandchildren? The simple household pear is notorious for being slow to start fruiting and the but of many a rural joke when someone plants a tree. This tree might not be the most popular but, all in all, this tree is great for the garden and among the longest lived trees in the fruit world.

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