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Dave's Garden Articles: By Marna Towne

Saturday, November 8, 2014

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What to Feed Backyard Birds
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

May I interest you in a fine selection of fruit and nuts? Choosing the right feed to serve your backyard bird feeders may seem daunting. This helpful introduction to bird feed is a second in a four-part series on backyard birds.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Bird Lovers, Wake Up and Smell the Shade Coffee!
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

When you purchase coffee, what factors influence your buying decision? Brand recognition? Flavor? Price? Saving migratory Songbird habitats? Learn how drinking coffee grown in the shade gives rise to a sunny outlook for native and migratory birds in Latin America.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

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Too Many Tomatoes!
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

In just two months, another August will find me looking for new ways to use all those tomatoes from the garden. Each year I like to find a new way to take advantage of the harvest when there's too little to can, but simply too many sitting on the kitchen counter. Here are a few recipes I've discovered over the years.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

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Raising Butterflies — Member Methods
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

What's growing in your garden? Many plants and trees in the garden play host to butterfly larva, or caterpillars. These (sometimes not so) cute critters happily gobble host plants until they are ready to transform into a butterfly. Why not encourage them to do so in your yard by planting host plants and raising the caterpillars yourself? Here's a brief primer on raising caterpillars.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Attracting Feathered Friends with Backyard Birdfeeders
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

This is the first of a four-part series on attracting birds to your yard. Part one will examine types of bird feeders. Varieties of seed will highlight part two. Next up is a look at winter essentials for your birds in part three. Part four is a fun look at the Bird Watching Forum here on Dave's Garden.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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Autumn Birds: A To Do List for Your Bird Café
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

This autumn let your back yard scream, "Pick Me".

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Monday, January 21, 2013

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Winter Survival for Northern Birds
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

Winter in North America can be brutal to backyard birds. Help them survive the cold by providing some basic needs.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Holiday Traditions: CookieFest!
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

Come December, I am by far the most popular gal in my circle of friends and coworkers. I would even go as far as saying that I am somewhat famous during this holiday month. My family tradition of CookieFest is to thank for my celebrity.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

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Picking the Best Apples for Your Pie
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

It's National Apple Month! Celebrate with a great apple pie. Here's a list of some of the best dessert apples for your fall pie.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

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Got Milkweed? — Attracting Monarch Butterflies to Your Garden
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

Lure these gorgeous black and orange beauties into your yard with the right plants.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Ruby-throated Hummingbirds Are on the Move!
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

Late August is a happy time for me in the garden. While some gardeners dread the lull between the July daylily bloom and the September chrysanthemum and aster show, I look forward to the time when migrating Ruby-throated Hummingbirds return. I admit I have an obsession with attracting these flying jewels to my garden and feeders for the entire summer. That quest has left me a bit empty at times but my efforts are rewarded come fall.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

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Where are all the Butterflies? Butterfly Populations in the United States
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

"Where are all my butterflies?" is the question repeated over and over on the Dave's Garden Hummingbird and Butterfly forum this summer. Theories are varied with no real answer, however there are clear steps to attracting butterflies to your garden.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

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Refreshing Cucumbers
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

Sweet Success is a cool cucumber in the summer heat.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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Container-grown Blueberries for the Home Garden
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

Whether you yearn for home-grown blueberries on your morning cereal or attracting beautiful birds in your back yard, you'll find success in container-grown blueberries.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

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Seeing Spots — Hosta Virus X
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

If you're seeing spots on your hosta and think you have discovered a new sport, think again. It could be Hosta virus X, now at epidemic proportions in the United States.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

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After the Hunt: Doing More with Morels
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

The hunt for the mighty morel is an anticipated event that deserves a lofty conclusion. This year, trade in your breadcrumbs and fry pan for a fresh approach to these seasonal favorites.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

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Establishing an Eastern Bluebird Trail
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

This way to the next bluebird house!

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Monday, January 31, 2011

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Enjoy a World of Cacti at Cacti Mundo in Baja Mexico
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

Come take a tour of Cacti Mundo!

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

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How a Bird Watching Forum Helped Me Survive the Winter
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

The Bird Watching forum on Dave's Garden celebrated its second birthday on January 1, 2009. Have a look at what it's all about.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

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A House for the Heavenly — Bluebird Nestbox Basics
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

With a dwindling natural habitat, the Eastern Bluebird often struggles to find acceptable nesting cavities. A specially designed and strategically placed nestbox can help in their survival. All you need to know are a few basics.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

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Recycling for Birds — Food for Thought
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

Pack rats take notice! Put your scraps and castaways to use in the garden for the birds.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

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Burls: Nature's Masterpieces
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

Burls (or burrs in the U.K.) are fascinating works of nature.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

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I'm a Garden Design Thief — And Proud of It!
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

If you're lost for garden design ideas, don't fret… a public garden can help save the day! Take a day trip to a local display garden to see new plants and design options you might never have though about using.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

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Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

When woodland flowers make their spring debut, they are a most welcome sight for nature lovers. In my neck of the woods, no flower is as showy as the Virginia Bluebell.

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