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Dave's Garden Articles: By Mitch Fitzgerald

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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Peaches – How to Grow Them
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Peaches and their cousins, the nectarines, can be grown in all most all areas of the United States. They do best in warm pockets and, when trained into espaliers, can be fitted into just about any small space in the yard. Welcome to the wonderful world of peaches!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

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Hibiscus – Native, Hardy, and Tropical
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

When the sight and sounds of the tropics comes to mind, there is no other flower that comes to mind in more peoples head than the hibiscus. So, can you grow this wonder of the tropics in your own yard? Sure you can, and, well, no you can’t. Read on to find out the how and whys!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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Flowering House Plants
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

There is nothing more satisfying than coming home from a hard days work to the sights and smells of flowers blooming right there in your home. Even with small apartments or rental properties you can always have a few well placed plants growing on window ledges and under grow lights blooming for you. And, if well planted, you can have in home blooms almost all year round. This is a simple introduction to the wonderful and wild world of flowering house plants.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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Citrus – A Short Primer on How To Grow Them.
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

They are best known for their wonderful fruits but these stunning plants are great looking. With their green, shiny leaves, these plants are stunning in the garden or in pots. They are great in the landscape where climate will permit but are equally lovely in the house for a houseplant. This is a short primer on the ins and outs of citrus – the next great plant adventure.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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Avocados - How to Grow Them
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Avocados are wonderful trees with stunning leaves. They are great trees to grow in tropical and sub tropical areas. Many of my best childhood memories involve gathering avocados right off the tree for a midday snack.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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A Basic Introduction To Cacti and Succulents
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

With an amazing array of shapes and sizes, textures and blooms – Cacti and succulents really are the biggest and most widespread of possibilities in houseplants and outdoor wonders. So let’s dive into a short look at the various types of Cacti and Succulents that we can find in most garden centers.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

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Deciduous Vines for the Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Vines are among the most basic and simple plants to grow in the garden. They can be trained to everything, and, on the whole, they are great for whatever space you have to give them. They come back year after year and love to grow. Take a look at the world of simple to grow deciduous vines for the garden.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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Simple Ground Covers for the Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

These are the easiest to grow and the best ground covers for the normal garden. We all have those areas we need to have covered in something, right? The grass does not grow there or it is too hard to mow. We don’t want a garden there now or don’t have the time to grow one. These are the simple plants that can fill that space, look classy, and perfectly fit that space in the garden.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

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African Violets – You Can Grow Them!
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

You see that east facing window each and everyday and you just know there is a reason it lives there with that perfect sun, perfect shade, and just the right spot for a house plant – but what do you add there? African Violets are the simple and easy answer! With a few simple steps you can grow this wonderful and almost ever blooming plant.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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Gardeners Anonymous
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Welcome to the first article ever on this wonderful and ever growing group filled with people who, for the life of themselves, cannot stop the plant bug that already is growing in their soul. Come on in and introduce yourself and let me tell you how to know if you need the services of Gardeners Anonymous.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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Top Ten Places to Add a House Plant
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Looking around, a lot of us are lacking space for more plants inside the house and out! So what do you do when you have to start looking for new and unique places to place those new house plants? Here is a short top ten list!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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Garden Bling Bling - Garden Art
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

OK, so we all have a little garden art here and there. But how do we know when the art stops and the shock-your-family-get-you-in-a-nut-house art starts? Here we go! There are a few little tips to help you know when you have really crossed the line in the world of garden art.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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How to Plan a Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

So you have the new house ready, or you are finally ready to tackle your old house. How do you go about setting up the new garden? How do you know what goes where for the best show, use, and enjoyment for years to come? Get ready and let’s walk through the steps to a well thought out garden.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

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The Story of Iris Part 12 – Why Grow Iris?
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

This series has come to a close. With all the information I have given you, I wanted to appeal to you one last time to add iris to your landscape. So here are the top five reasons to grow an iris.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

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The Story of Iris Part 11 – True to Name
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

You love your new iris. The blooms are not the color you thought they should be but they are stunning. So you post a photo of the wonderful new iris blooming for the first time in your garden and someone says that is not it – you have an imposter. Where did you go wrong and what can you do?

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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The Story of Iris Part 10 – Breeding Iris
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Boy meets girl, boy loves girl, and boy and girl get married, have kids, and live happily ever after…. right? Not so in the world of iris. Let’s take a little look at the ins and outs of breeding your own iris.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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The Story of Iris Part 9 – What to Feed Your Bearded Iris
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

So, we are going to look at bearded for only one article. The big thing is what to feed them and how to take care of them. I am going to show you four of our gardeners here on Dave’s Garden who have different feeding methods and talk to you a little about each one.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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The Story of Iris Part 8 – Pearls of Wisdom
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

So, I have been there, looking at stunning gardens cared for by someone much my senior. They are perfect, full, lush, and just stunning… I stand in awe knowing my own little piece of heaven costs me so much blood, sweat, and tears. I wonder how do they do it. So I asked our iris team to tell me – what is their greatest pearl of wisdom for growing iris?

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

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The Story of Iris Part 7– The Big Things That Can Go Wrong.
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

I have been there – I babied this plant, fixed its soil, fed it, watered it, cared for it… then right before it starts to bloom….poof like magic it is a goner…but why?

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

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V for Victory - Victory Garden That Is!
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Victory gardens---an idea that was lost to me. I had never heard of victory gardens before I came across this old photo of my great-grandfather with my grandfather and his brother. The story I am told is that this photo was taken on the day they planted their first WWII victory garden.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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The Story of Iris Part 6 – Why Grow Iris?
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

We all have the same issue – space in the garden is a premium. The room we have to add new plants grows smaller and smaller each passing year. So why should you give up some of that space to iris?

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

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The Story of Iris Part 5 – Historical Versus Modern
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

At one time or another each gardener must make the choice. Will their main focus be the historical or the modern? This goes for style, colors, plants, and yes, even the iris they choose to fill their space with. This will be a short look into the case for both sides and a hope to give you a better idea of what you love and why.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

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The Story of Iris Part 4- What is in a name?
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

What is your name worth? Who are you if people just started calling you John or Jane Doe? Would it change how you look? Would it change what you know? Would it change what you could do and your value in society? These are the hard questions we have to ask about named iris – what is it about their names that are so important and why do we even care?

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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The Story of Iris Part 3 –Tone, Growth, and Bloom
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

The big three points we all look for in iris, if we know it or not, are the tone of the flower, how it grows – height and needs, and the bloom. I hope to give you some tools to look at the same things we have always looked at but more in-depth and through the eyes of a iris lover.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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The Story of Iris Part 2 – How to pick your iris
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

We have all been there. We have seen the millions and endless millions of online sites with their photos of all the iris. We have looked at them and tried to figure out which ones will be the best one for our garden, our soil, our area, and our color. We look at the names, breeders, and all the other information on those little tags and it gets overwhelming – but it does not have to.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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The Story of Iris Part 1
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Back in the days of ancient Greece they had a god, the very rainbow in deity, and the grand messenger of Zeus. Her name was Iris. She was faster than the fastest wind and able to travel from the depths of the underworld, to the sea, and to the dry places we live in. She was known for her color and her ability to be anywhere – something many gods could not do because of one problem or another.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

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The Top Ten Daylilies – a List From Gemini Gardens
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

In a recent interview with our very own “Badseed”, owner of Gemini Gardens, the talk came around to the best daylilies you must have in the garden. These daylilies have the pizzazz, size, and scapes to really make an impact in the flower bed.

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Monday, December 31, 2007

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Turnips: How - and the Real Question Why - to Grow Them
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Of all the wonderful veggies that I grow in my small vegetable patch I am very proud of my large turnips. The greens are wonderful and their green tops in the bleak days of winter are a welcome sight.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

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Tropical Dreams - How To Grow Canna
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

At some point in the heat of summer most gardeners long for a little of the tropics in their gardens. Finding a dependable tropical-looking garden plant can be hard, but look no more and welcome to the wonderful world of cannas!

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

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Edges, Chicken Fat, and Eyes; Oh My!
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

In all the plant world there is one flower known for its eyes, edges, and every so often you find some wonderful chicken fat edges. What is this wonder of the plant world? This wonderful flower is none other than the wonderful daylily.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

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Playing In The Dirt
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

At just two years old he was dragged out in the dead of winter to dig out a goldfish-shaped pond. He was weeding by the time he could walk, and planting seeds and little flowers just this spring at three years old. This article is how to get kids out in to the garden, and teach them a life time of loving growing plants.

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

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Why Did These Seeds Bloom Wrong?
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

I see a lot of people trading seeds or selling seeds that will never become what they claim. They mean well, they don’t want to sell or trade bad seeds, but they have misunderstood the world of seeds.

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

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Building A Memorial Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

When a loved one, human or pet, passes on to the great beyond most gardeners first thoughts will be to plant something in their honor. There are several different ways you can set up and organize a wonderful memorial in the garden for those we have loved .

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

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Building A Formal Rose Garden Part 2
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

This is the second part of our building the perfect rose garden. The hard work was all done in the first article and now we get to the fun of planting the flowers!

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

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Building A Formal Rose Garden Part 1
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

When you enter a public rose garden laid out in neat patterns, it can be a thing of beauty. Have you ever wondered what a rose garden like that would look like in your own garden?

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

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Growing Hosta in the Southern United States
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

I have seen wonderful stunning green leaves peeking through the shade in so many gardens in the northern and central United States. The puny things that I have seen in so many gardens in the south have left me with a deep feeling of longing for the north in order to grow wonderful hosta in the shade under trees. All this changed when I met Sylvia Butler of Sissinghurst Hosta.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

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Winter Sowing Your Seeds
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

The first time I set out to plant anything I was just a kid in grade school. I bought a packet of sunflower seeds, shoved them in the ground, watered every day, and just knew they all had to jump up and bloom for me. Now that I am a little older and, I hope, wiser, I have been growing a lot of things from seed and many of them are growing because of the love and care I have learned to give them.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

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Forbs of the Southern Prairie Garden Part 2
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

As we discussed in part one, 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 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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