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Dave's Garden Articles: By Tamara Galbraith

Saturday, June 6, 2009

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Channeling Mother Nature: Build a Dry Creek Bed to Divert Rainwater Where You Want It
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

The day the gutters came down from our neighbor's house, I knew my front yard was in trouble.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

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Your Winter Veggie Harvest: Good for You...But How Long Will It Stay Good?
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Wondering what to do with your bountiful and nutrient-rich winter veggie harvest? Many vegetables will keep longer than you probably thought possible, given the correct storage method.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

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This Toad Will Become Your Fall-Flowering Prince
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

If, like me, you get a little tired of "Mum Overkill" around this time of year, know that there's a toad which turns to a flowering, handsome prince with the kiss of autumn.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

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Damage Control: Can This Plant Be Saved?
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Gardeners, have you ever returned from vacation to find your plants in a state of disaster? After a recent two week trip to Belize, I found a lot of work waiting for me in the garden...but it wasn't as bad as I initially thought, thanks to careful examination and diagnosis.

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

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My Favorite Squash
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Zephyr is known in Greek mythology as the god of the West Winds. To me, Zephyr means the best squash I have ever grown OR tasted.

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

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High Chaparral: Salvia clevelandii
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Isn’t it wonderful when you discover a plant previously unknown to you that’s both beautiful and deemed perfect for your climate?

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

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Is There Anything Good About Rubber Mulch?
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

It’s smelly. It can contain wire. It doesn’t break down. All are partially true statements when talking about rubber mulch, but there are good uses for this relatively new product as well.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

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Scare Tactics
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Fake owls, rubber snakes, water cannons...gardeners will try just about anything to keep animals away from their prized food crops.

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Part III – Success Stories
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

You can’t keep your kids in a bubble. At some point, they have to go out into the world without you. And when they reach school age, they spend a good deal of time out of the house. Wouldn’t you feel a little better knowing that while at school, they’re not being exposed to pests…OR harmful pesticides?

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Part II: Climbing the Ladder
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

So I was sitting out on the patio one evening enjoying a lovely glass of Cabernet when my husband appeared in the back doorway. “What are you doing?” he asked, looking a tad perplexed. “I thought you were out here gardening.” “I am,” I replied. “I’m currently honing my Integrated Pest Management techniques.”

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Friday, May 2, 2008

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Part I - Introduction
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

As the “Go Green” trend continues to pick up speed, gardeners will be hearing more and more about something called Integrated Pest Management. In the first part of this series, we’ll define IPM and learn about the basics of using this pest control method in your garden. It’s easy, really!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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Great Reasons to Grow Your Own Veggies
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Life in the United States certainly has changed since I was a pup…and I’m only 45. The climate is in a state of flux, the price of gas has soared, and the amount of food being imported into our country will soon outweigh the exported. There’s never been a better time to start growing your own vegetables and fruits. Why? Let’s examine the situation a little further.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

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Welcoming the New Texas SuperStars™ for 2008
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Earning Texas SuperStar™ status certainly isn’t easy. A plant must not only survive, but thrive, in blistering heat, drought, clay soil and sometimes violent weather.

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Saturday, April 5, 2008

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Clean Clip Tips: Disinfect Your Tools to Prevent Disease
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

As your spring garden clean-up gets underway, don't sabotage your efforts by using dirty, infected tools.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

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Gardening in the Zone
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Ok everyone, hold up a trowel if you know what USDA Hardiness Zone you're in. As a gardener, knowing your zone is one of the most basic and important pieces of information you can possess. Your hardiness zone helps to tell you what plants grow well in your area.

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

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Pest Profile: The Imported Cabbageworm
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Early spring is the time of year to grow cool season crops of the brassica family, such as cabbage and cauliflower. Soon after doing so, you will almost hear the ringing of the dinner bell at the party of the imported cabbageworm, aka Pieris rapae.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

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Lettuce-Growing Basics: Start a Salad in Your Backyard!
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

With warm weather just around the corner, but temperatures still in the cool range, it's a great time to start some lettuce seeds in your garden. Lettuce is easy to grow, matures quickly, doesn’t take up much space, and offers a "cut-and-come-again" growth habit that can give you several salads from the same plant.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

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We Got the Beet
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Early spring is a great time to start beets. They are a cool season crop and will withstand a surprise freeze or two, but should generally be planted when you know temperatures will remain in the 50-60 degree range. (The soil temperature should be at least 40 in order for seeds to sprout.)

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

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Household Composting
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Still have a pile of fat, post-holiday credit card bills languishing on the dining room table? Compost 'em.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

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2007 Perennial of the Year Will Make Gardeners Purr
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

As the year 2006 came to a close, the Perennial Plant Association bestowed ‘Walker’s Low’ catmint with the 2007 Plant of the Year award...and gardeners looking for an easy alternative to lavender rejoiced.

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