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Dave's Garden Articles: By Adina Dosan

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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Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Pyrethrum Kills Mosquitoes
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Mosquitoes are very bad, everyone knows it. A repellent spray can keep them away for a few hours, but what if you forget to spray yourself or your child? A walk in the garden at night can be as dangerous as a walk in the jungle! But what if one of your plants can help keep mosquitoes away from you and from your garden? I happened to find out about this marvelous plant, Pyrethrum, which chases away mosquitoes!

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

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Daisy-like Flowers In My Garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Starting in the spring, all kinds of blooms invade my garden and the field around my house. It is amazing how so many of them have the same daisy-like shape! The field is cheerful when the wild chamomile, wild aster, helenium, and yellow chamomile are blooming, while in my garden gaillardias, rudbeckias, calendulas and zinnias are smiling for all summer.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Green means go, but Green Stop! was a fun childhood game
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Children are so funny when they are playing! And I don't mean the computer games they're playing now, but those games we used to play outside, in the middle of nature. Leaves, flowers and fruits, along with rocks, sticks and sand, were our favorite "toys" for playing.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

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Delicious Strawberry Desserts
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

For many years my favorite strawberry dessert was just simply, raw strawberries, sprinkled with sugar. I couldn't get enough of their delicious taste! But since I love making and also eating desserts, two of my favorite are made with fresh strawberries.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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Traps Between My Strawberries
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I don't know if there is a day to celebrate strawberries, but I think it'll need at least a week every year - if not one week each month - to talk about this wonderful fruit. And what can be more delicious than a fresh, juicy and flavored strawberry, coming out of my own garden? I'm not the only one craving my strawberries and I need to fight for them with some very small, but powerful enemies, the slugs!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

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Hollyhock, the Hibiscus' Cousin
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

During the hot summer days, they are blooming and acting like they are having a great time. Lots of flowers on one tall stalk are going up and up, with grace and pride...they are the hollyhocks.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

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Patience Dock: A Unique and Versatile Spring Green
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Many people detoxify their bodies in spring by eating herbs, especially people living in the northern hemisphere. A leafy herb with great taste, which also has important medicinal properties, is commonly called patience dock. We're making some delicious meals with it in Romania and I'd like to share one of these recipes to you.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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Amazing nature: Spring comes to my garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Plants coming back to life after winter is always amazing, but this year it's more amazing than ever, after the hard winter we had in Romania. Although I knew all my plants could survive, I couldn't help being afraid that some wouldn't.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

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Reconstructing my childhood garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I remember the garden I knew as a child, with many roses and tall cosmos, with long petals we uses as fingernails in our play …with all kinds of bushes full of flowers and bees…ouch, I almost feel every pinch they gave me when I tried to catch a bumble-bee and tie it on a thread, just to see how it flies! It was a big challenge for me, but I was happy when I could start my very first garden!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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Red Orach: A Delicious Plant For A Delicious Spring Soup
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Spring is here and the market is full of red orach, waiting to be cooked into a delicious soup or a salad. I know that red orach isn't as well known in the U.S. as it is in Europe, so let me tell you a few things about this great plant. I'm sure you will include red orach soup in your menu after reading my article!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

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Onions and Potatoes Grown in a Small Garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Who would have guessed I would be growing onions and potatoes, together with other vegetables, in my own garden? As a city girl, I would have never believed it if someone had told me it would happen!

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Friday, March 16, 2012

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St. John's Wort Tea Takes Away Your Heartburn
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Have you ever had a burning stomach pain? I never had problems until a few years ago, but my husband has suffered for many years. He takes tons of antacid pills, which started to worry me. When I found out that St. John's wort is used as a healing herb for stomach treatment, I decided to harvest the St. John's wort I had in my garden and on the field around the house and use it for healing our burning stomach pains.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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This Winter's Storms: Preview of a Coming Ice Age?
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Just thinking of the possibility of another Ice Age is scary, but the latest weather changes and the unusually hard winter in Europe made me think of this possible scenario. Can it be? I surely hope not! For gardeners it would be the end of our wonderful hobby as we know it, but let's not think of the worst.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

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Snowdrop - The First Sign of Spring
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I've always wanted to have my own snowdrops in my garden. Just seeing this beautiful, tiny flower popping up from under the snow brings me hope that spring is coming--its purity and spring scent always brings joy to my heart. I was surprised when a friend didn't know what a snowdrop looked like! That's when I decided to write about this plant that brings joy to northern "peeps" each spring!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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Winter in Bucharest isn't what it used to be
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I'm always happy when it's snowing, but never like I was as a child! Those were great, carefree times, when nothing mattered except going out to play in the snow for hours on end. My only concern back then was not to get too wet and catch a cold.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Some Plants Prefer Shorter Days
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Throughout the ages, people have known that plants grow, bloom and fruit during the summer and die or go dormant during the winter. But haven't you ever wondered why a plant's life cycle is so perfect? How does the plant know when to flower and attract the bees for pollination, and when their seed can germinate, and when to go dormant?

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Sorcova Casts A Romanian Spell for the New Year
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Of all the Romanian customs, "Sorcova" is the most beautiful and funny! On January 1, children participate in this custom to wish their family and neighbors all the best luck and health for the New Year.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Geraniums In My Window
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

What would be a window without a geranium during the long winter? Perhaps just a cold window with icicles hanging above. But when the geranium leaves are showing through the window, the house looks warm and cozy. Those of you who are living in warm zones might not understand, but those in the north, where it's already freezing, will know what I am talking about.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

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Learning About Pine Cones
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Holidays are almost here and I'm so looking forward to get the Christmas decorations out of the box! Some of the crafts I made myself, using especially pine cones. We call them all pine cones, but did you know that this is only correct for cones from pine trees? The name "pine cone" is improper for any other conifer cones.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Santa Nicolas, A Romanian Tradition
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Don’t you just love Christmas morning, when you wake up so early in the morning and run to the Christmas tree, to see what Santa brought you? In Romania, we have two Santas who bring us presents: one is Santa Claus, which everyone in the world knows, and the other one is Santa Nicholas, who leaves the presents in our boots…but only if we were good!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

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St. Andrew's Day: The Day When Romanians Sow Wheat
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Sowing wheat is fun, especially when it's done in a small bowl, on a wet cotton, just like we did with the beans when we were in school. In Romania we do this every year on November 30th when we're celebrating St. Andrew's day.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

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Growing Poinsettias In Romania
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I never heard about poinsettia until four years ago. A week before Christmas, I saw a picture of poinsettia in a Romanian magazine and fell in love with it instantly! I told myself ”I have to buy me one of these!”…but I couldn’t have been more wrong! Poinsettias are very expensive in our country and I couldn’t possibly afford to buy one from the flowershop, so what was I to do? I badly wanted one poinsettia in my home, for Christmas!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Preparing a New Garden Without Chemicals
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Fall is the best time for starting a new garden. Some of you may ask why, so I'll just tell you all about what you shouldn't do when starting a garden on a piece of weed-infested, rundown land, sharing from my own experience .

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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The Thistle Has My Lucky Charm
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Everyone knows that a four leaf clover, a rabbit's foot or a horseshoe are lucky charms, and many of us believe that they can really work. But did you know that a thistle seed can also be a lucky charm? I strongly believed that when I was a child, although I didn't know what that fluffy lucky charm thing was or where it came from.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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First Time Growing Radishes
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Starting in spring, the market is full of the radishes' red globes. Just seeing one, I can almost hear the sound of the crisp bite and can't resist, I need to buy some! But this year I haven't been to the market for radishes because I am growing them in my own garden, although I never would have thought I'd do that.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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Nothing Better Than A Linden Tea
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Beautiful yellow flowers, looking like fireworks, with a strong scent and a delicious sweet taste, great for hot tea on a cold winter night. If you guessed linden, you are right! But if you want to have linden for your teas in winter, now is the time to harvest.

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