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Dave's Garden Articles: By Adina Dosan

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Superstitions In the Garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I love my plants and I wouldn't want them to die suddenly, for some mysterious reason. Yet, this happens all the time, even to the best of gardeners. Some might say it was someone's evil eye, but I say it was just a black thumb gardener.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

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It's a Mint!
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Like all gardeners, I always want to have in my garden all the plants I see, therefore I frequently plant unidentified plants that I find in the street or in the field, then check for their name later. Sometimes I get the wrong name, after searching on the internet, because of the wrong picture someone posted with an incorrect name. Sometimes I am the one who gets it wrong, by not looking closely enough at the picture. That's what happened with my thyme - or what I thought it was a thyme.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Nasturtium - Beautiful and Edible
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

An old plant with an old name, reminding me of old times and especially of my grandmother. But something is new to me about nasturtium: I discovered that it is edible!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

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The House with Morning Glories
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

A garden full of plants, growing up healthy, crawling and climbing in every corner of the garden and on every fence or trellis, is every gardener's dream. The bushier the plants, the greater is the gardener's satisfaction. Morning glories are the perfect vines for achieving this goal in only one summer. My garden is full of them, crawling and climbing all over, making the garden look bushy and crowded. But this is how I like it.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

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Minnie and the Thuja Seedlings
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Minnie is my dog and I love her. But when she tries to mess with my plants, I can get very upset and forget how much I love her. Like when she decided to play with my thuja seedlings – what a disaster!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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A Bucket of Apricot Jam
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

What can be more delicious than apricot jam? Maybe cherry or strawberry jam, many of you may say. But for me apricots are the best in any form, whether they are raw, in a cake or jam.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

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August in My Garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)



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Friday, August 1, 2014

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Tan and Apricots
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

They say our body always senses what it needs, hence our cravings. My constant craving, for years, has been for apricots. It's not like the anxious pregnancy craving, but a patient and willing to wait until it is satisfied craving.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

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Romanian Borsh or How to Make the Most Out of Wheat
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

In Romania we like a good sour broth for lunch, but the sourness isn't given by lemons or vinegar, but by a special wheat juice we call borsh.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Learning How to Grow a Magnolia
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Nothing compares to magnolia blooms in the spring! I've been fascinated by them since my dear Aunt Iuliana took me to see the magnolias blooming in the Cismigiu Park, in Bucharest, for the first time. It has become a ritual for me every spring, which I wouldn't have missed for the world. Magnolias were like something heavenly and unreachable for me. Never in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined I would ever have a garden, much less a magnolia blooming only for me. But now I'm about to fulfill my dream and plant even two magnolias in my garden.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

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My Allergies Get Worse in June
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

In the spring I'm happy that winter is gone and warmer days are coming. Flowers are starting to bloom everywhere, on every plant and every tree, yet I can't be totally happy about this because a voice in my head keeps on saying: watch out, it's allergies season!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Gardeners Always Share
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

As a member of Davesgarden, I know about the round-ups and swaps between gardeners, where each of them bring lots of plants from their garden to share with the others. There is no bigger joy than sharing plants and seeds between gardeners! Can you imagine a gardener who wouldn't want to share his plants? Of course you can't! Neither can I, yet there is one and I had the bad experience of meeting him.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Lilac, What a Temptation!
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

May always brings flowers in my garden, but lilac, with its sweet scent and beautiful panicles, is the most special and it makes my heart sing! Every spring I'm watching them as their panicles grow, anxious to see how many blooms they will have. I like seeing the blooming lilac in my garden, but I didn't always think like that.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Surprise Scallions for a Delicious Easter Meal
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Cooking with my own vegetables from my vegetable garden is one of the wonderful things country life has brought to me. Spring is the most beautiful season for gardening, when everything around sprouts and turns green. Sometimes I happen to have sprouts I didn't know about in my garden, but that's one of the best surprises ever!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Parma Violet or African Violet?
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I've often heard the name of Parma Violet when referring to an African violet, but I have never questioned myself about this confusion, up until now.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Fig Buttercup - Invasive, yet Useful
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

A lush carpet of green leaves with yellow little star-like flowers can very rarely be seen nowadays in people's gardens, in the woods or in parks. Those are fig buttercups, which are now considered invasive and are about to be eradicated. Despite of all warnings, I bought a few clumps with roots from the market and planted them in my garden. Am I crazy or what?

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Monday, March 10, 2014

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Sweet Violets for the Girls
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Tiny violet flowers - smelling heavenly - pop out delicately through the dry leaves in the woods, soon after spring has settled. No wonder they were called sweet, because not only the taste, but their whole appearance and their scent are sweet. Poets write about them, singers sing about them and men all over the world have been offering them to their sweethearts to express their love, from old times.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

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Dragobete, a Romanian Valentine's Day
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Valentine's Day is well-known and celebrated on February 14. It's a big day and a big celebration of love. Dragobete's Day is also celebrated in February, but on the 24th and even if it's not such as well-known, it's also a big celebration, with fun and so much love! So why not have two days to celebrate love, just before spring, when nature comes to life, the birds are singing and everyone feels rejuvenated?

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Time to Prune Your Fruit Trees
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Pruning fruit trees is a challenge, especially for someone who doesn't have a professional background in gardening. It takes lots of research, reading and watching videos, but it can be done. My fruit trees are living proof!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

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Dividing African Violets
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

African violets were the first plants I got to know as a child. My mom had lots of them on the kitchen window sill. I saw her digging the soil around the plants with a small matchstick, dividing and watering them with so much care. My mom's African violets never died or rotted and seemed the perfect plants for someone like her, who worked outside our home, and didn't have much time to take care of plants.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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Make Cookies with Leftover Champagne
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

The New Year's Eve party is over and the New Year has started. You're probably sleepy after the long night party between the years and lurking on your couch, watching TV. I'm sure you won't want to see any beverage anytime soon after such a party, especially champagne - the sweet drink with many bubbles you like so much. You might still have some left over in a bottle, somewhere in your fridge, which will still be there three months from now. You won't want to drink it anymore nor throw it away - but what if you can use it for making cookies? I got your attention, didn't I?

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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A Citrus a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Now that winter is here and flu season is open (or so to speak), my crave for citrus is bigger than ever. I'm eating a grapefruit every morning and, sometimes, have an orange snack in the afternoon. I guess my body knows what's best for its well functioning and claims for it.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

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How to Make a Fake Poinsettia For Your Christmas Decorations
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Poinsettia has become a symbol of Christmas and it is even called the Christmas star. Everyone wants to have one on their Christmas dinner table and even more for decorating their homes. I am one of those who have fallen in love with this plant ever since I first saw it, but, unfortunately, I couldn't have a real poinsettia back then. I wasn't discouraged though - I just made a few fake ones which decorated my home that Christmas.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Pumpkin Pie for Your Thanksgiving
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Any occasion is good for baking a pumpkin pie, but Thanksgiving is the best. Even if it's not a holiday of my country, it has somehow become mine too, ever since I joined Dave's Garden. I'm celebrating Thanksgiving with my American friends by baking a pumpkin pie in their honor.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Gardening Chores In November
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

When fall come, work in the garden comes to an end. That makes me sad, but there's no time for sadness because I still have too much to do before winter comes.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

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What Are Those Berries From, Firethorn or Sea-buckthorn?
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Sometimes it's easy to be mistaken about a plant, especially when you don't know anything about it. This is what happened to me with my firethorn bush which I thought it was a sea-buckthorn, after seeing a picture on the internet. That could have cost me my life, but I was lucky to live and tell about it.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

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The Birds Are Eating My Sunflowers, but I Don't Mind
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I've always been fascinated by the sunflowers - by their beauty and by the way they turn their heads towards the sun. Moreover, I am addicted to their seeds, yet I don't mind sharing it with the birds living in my yard. Does this sound like I have a hidden agenda? You might be surprised!

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Monday, September 9, 2013

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Small Vegetable Garden, Yet Big Savings
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I am one of the lucky people who has a vegetable garden. Beyond the hard work of weeding and watering, during the hot summers we've had during the last few years, the satisfaction of having fresh, organic vegetables, grown with my own hands, makes all the difference.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

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Heirloom Tomato Pizza - A Tribute to Our Beloved Friend, Gary
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I wouldn't have given too much thought to our Romanian heirloom tomatoes if it weren't for Gary. When I received his message asking me for some Romanian tomato seeds, I was surprised, but also very pleased.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

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Born Under a Wisteria
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I was born under a wisteria. Well, not really under the plant, but in a house covered by a wisteria vine. My mom used to tell me lots of stories about our old house, all wrapped up in beautiful wisteria clusters, so every time I see a wisteria, I become melancholic and wish I had one in my garden.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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Watch Out for the Corncockle
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I've oftenly heard the saying 'The corncockle will be removed from the grain ' - especially when I was in school - meaning, the bad will be removed from the good. That's why I always thought that corncockle must be a pretty bad seed, but I couldn't imagine how bad it really is.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

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Old Cherry Recipes
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

When I see a cake I've never eaten before, I always want to have the recipe and make it myself. But no other cake makes me crave it as much as a cherry cake.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

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Cherry Earrings
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

June is the happiest month for me, not only because it's the first summer month, but also because it's the cherries' month, as we're calling it here, in Romania. Just seeing the ripe cherries in the tree, looking like dozens of red earrings hanging from the branches, makes my heart sing.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

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Asters, The Invaders
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I love asters, I really do! But since they started taking over one of my flower beds, I can only think of them as the invaders from my garden, as in the famous sci-fi series, "The Invaders."

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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Easter Goodies
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Our Easter comes late this year, but the nice, warm weather was of great help when cleaning the house and starting the plants and vegetables in the garden. Now that all is done, everything smells so good and clean - it's time to bring the Easter goodies scent in the house!

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Friday, May 3, 2013

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"Spring Cleaning" for The Body and Soul - Orthodox Easter Fasting
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

In the spring we all clean our homes and open the windows so the sun and fresh air can come inside, after the long winter. We clean the windows and floors, and wash the curtains, so that everything shines and smells good. But have you ever thought of spring cleaning your body and soul too?

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Friday, April 12, 2013

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Sweet Wild Pansies
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Pansies are some of the first plants that sprout in my garden in spring. They are growing all over the garden, practically invading it with their "funny faces". But how come that some of the blooms are so much smaller than others?

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Friday, March 29, 2013

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Pests On My Plants
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

'Heeeelp!! I have lots of bugs on my plants!' I feel like shouting when I see the ugly pests covering the tips of my beautiful plants, especially the hibiscus and citruses. I'm fighting them, but they always come back during winter, while the plants are indoors.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

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Poinsettia Pruning
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Although it's March, I'm already thinking about Christmas. Are you asking why? Well, because I need to prune my poinsettias and, as you know, they are a symbol of Christmas. Now is the right time to get my poinsettias started for next Christmas, so they can have enough time to grow bushy and beautiful until the colored bracts will appear and make them the stars of Christmas.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Martisor: A Romanian Celebration Of Spring
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

If you happen to come to Romania on the first day of March, you will see women wearing a tiny little “toy”, tied up with a cute white and red yarn ribbon, on their coats . This toy is called “Martisor" and here's the history behind these trinkets.

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