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Dave's Garden Articles: By Adina Dosan

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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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Time to Divide Your Gesneriads
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Cozy and beautiful, that's how I think about Gesneriads. They stay dormant all winter long and sprout back in spring, don't need too much watering, can be easily divided and the blooms are heavenly beautiful - I'm telling you, they are some great plants to have in your home!

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Monday, February 11, 2013

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Gloxinia Is No Longer Called Gloxinia
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Gloxinia is the beautiful plant with big bell-like flowers and large hairy leaves. At least that is what I knew before I heard about the New World names for Gloxinia. What is the New World names? If you didn't know, you are about to find out now.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Rotate Your Pots
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Are you wondering how to arrange your pots so all the plants would get enough light? I'll tell you what I'm doing: rotate, rotate and, again, rotate my pots, all year long!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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Boboteaza -The Day When Basil Blesses the Waters in Romania
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Basil is an important plant for our orthodox religion, present in all masses and rituals, but its most important contribution is, without a doubt, on Boboteaza Day : the religious celebration of Christ's baptism, celebrated every year, on January 6 . The priests use basil for blessing the water, but this isn't the only use of basil on this day. Romanian tradition says that basil has magical powers which can help a single young girl dream about the man who is meant to be her future husband.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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You Can Make Your Own Christmas Garland
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Christmas is almost here and you're decorating your home. You're searching through your Christmas ornaments and realize that you need some more. More ornaments, more money - not so good for your budget! But what if, instead of buying more ornaments, you make your own crafts? I'm going to show you how to make a frugal Christmas railing, with minimal cost.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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It's Not Too Late to Cover Your Roses with Soil
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Gardening is almost over for those of us living up north, but some works are still going on until the temperatures will go down to freezing and stay down. "Covering" roses with soil is one of these works which needs to be done if you want your roses to survive to any deep freeze or blizzard the winter might bring.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Look Under Your Thuja
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Do you ever look under your thuja? I must confess I don't do that very often, especially since my four thujas have grown so big and bushy. But this summer I checked the ground under them more frequently during the drought, and that was my good fortune: I was rewarded with a few dozen of thuja seedlings down there!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Are Falls Getting Shorter?
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I am one of the lucky people living in a temperate zone, where the tree leaves turn every shade of fall. I remember a time when the fall used to come in September, when the leaves started to turn. I had plenty of time to watch them getting yellow, red and brown, then falling down and making a beautiful carpet of leaves. But lately I barely have time to see the colorful leaves, before everything gets white and freezing. Is it that I don't have time anymore or is fall hurrying to do its number and leave before winter comes? I think both!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

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What Are Those Worms on My Geraniums?
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

In late summer after the heat is gone, just when my geraniums are starting to bloom more and look happier, some ugly worms are eating their buds. Why are those worms particularly on my geraniums and not on other flowers? Why do they attack in late summer? Where did they come from? And, most of all, what are those worms?

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Friday, October 19, 2012

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Cabbage Core Is Only For the Kids
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

When I see a cabbage, I am reminded of my grandmother shredding cabbage and giving me the core.No one else was offered this special treat except me! Since I was the only child in our family until my cousins were born, I was rather spoiled. I would always get the best of every food and some were only for me, like the cabbage core. I remember how much I enjoyed its sweet taste and the sound of the crisp bite, similar to a sweet radish. It was like a special gift!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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My Lucky Four-leaf Clover Patch
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I have a powerful "enemy" living in my lawn: clover. As much as I've tried to get rid of it, it is now spreading on many large spots of the lawn. Only this isn't just a simple clover, but the four-leaf clover which so many people want to find and keep as a lucky charm.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Drought messed with my garden this summer
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Sun flares, terrible heat and powerful storms - this is what I had to deal with all summer, like most of the gardeners on earth. Watering was a life and death issue for my garden, so I kept on watering all summer long, which helped my plants and vegetables to survive. But not all have survived and I'm pretty sad to see that my vegetable harvest is much smaller than I expected.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

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How to get rid of a mole, nice and easy
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

A mole in a garden means disaster and I'm sure that most gardeners have had to deal with moles, maybe more than once. Some of you may have bought traps or different devices for chasing them away, but did you know that some plants can do this better than any device?

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Monday, September 10, 2012

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Fall Colors
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Just thinking of fall makes you feel melancholy, doesn't it? I have some contradictory feelings about this season; part of me hates it for getting so cold and rainy and grey, but the other part loves it because of its colors...oh, sometimes the view shows such colors, like in a painting!

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