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Dave's Garden Articles: By Adina Dosan

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 are sowing 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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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Funny Weeds For Funny Games
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

After weeding so much lately, I found myself playing with some of the weeds like I used to do when I was a child. I wish the kids nowadays would also find such fun in playing with the plants ! That's why I thought I should share these funny games with you and, maybe, you will try to play it with your children and grandchildren, for old times sake.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

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Weeds In My Lawn
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Do you know the names of the weeds in your lawn? I do! I was curious to find out what the weeds in my lawn are called, even if it was only to tell my husband which of them appeared again after weeding. This is how I have discovered that many of the grass species are considered weeds.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

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A Crown Of Dandelions
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Recently I realized that dandelions have always been a part of my life. "How can that be," you ask? Well, the answer is easy: I've always loved their golden blooms on the lawns and never missed seeing them blooming in spring. But how could they be a part of my life just by blooming? Join me in this story and you'll find out!

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Monday, April 25, 2011

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Starting a lawn the hard way
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Having lush grass, like a thick carpet to walk on or just to enjoy, while staying on the terrace, is everyone's dream. But how do you make it happen if not working hard? Some people hire a professional gardener to do it, but not my husband and I. We chose to do all the hard work by ourselves and now our little grandson can play on our lawn!

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

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An Ode to Spring
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

The gardens are blooming, sky is like a mirror/Bees have started their search through the orchards. The larks are singing a joy hymn/Thousands of butterflies are flying on the fields. Girls and boys are dancing in the gardens/Oh, I wish I had ten lives to sing of you , Nature!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

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Dill, parsley and lovage: the most used herbs in the Romanian cuisine
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Recently I was asked by one of our Dave's Garden friends what is dill good for and in what dishes can it be used. Another friend asked me what is lovage; he didn't even knew what it looked like. I know lots of uses for dill and lovage in our Romanian cuisine which I've already told our friends about, so let me share it with you too.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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Datura can be invasive if you let it
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

What can be more beautiful than datura's huge, white, immaculate trumpet flower, looking up the sky? Obviously, more datura flowers! However, if you decide to plant it in your garden, there is one small inconvenience: datura is an invasive plant which will make you work very hard to keep it from taking over of your garden; yet it will also repay you with its beauty.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

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Winter in my garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I have always loved winter, "dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh" and all, but not anymore! Last winter was very cold in our country. It snowed so much we could hardly get out of the street, my pipes froze and we didn't have water for a few days, the car wouldn't start due to the deep freeze and I had to shovel more snow than I have ever shoveled in my whole life! However, after seeing the first snow this year I find myself still fascinated by all the beauty of this season!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Holiday Meals
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Christmas time is everyone's favorite season, full of joy and happiness, lots of yummy food, especially cakes and cookies! During the years, I wrote down lots of recipes, many for Christmas and New Year's Eve dinner, tried some of them and decided I like only a few . But cakes and cookies are the last dishes I make for these holidays... first comes the real food, which takes much more time to be cooked !

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Monday, December 13, 2010

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Shining Stars for Your Christmas Tree
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Do you like chocolate? Yes? I thought so! I do, too and I eat all kinds! But I also like to collect the wrappings, which I'm saving for some eventual use. This is something I've learned from my mom who would save all the chocolate wrappings and use them for Christmas crafts. I still find chocolate covers inside some old books where mom placed them for smoothing!

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

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Pinecone Christmas Trees
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Have you watched ”The Young and the Restless”? I love it! I’ve always admired the Christmas decorations they make for their Christmas episodes. That’s where I first saw a pine cone Christmas tree…it was so cool! So I said to myself ”Why not?” and decided to try making one for Christmas…boy, that wasn’t so easy!

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Friday, December 3, 2010

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Winter refuges for my doggies
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

This year the winter weather forecast is very cold, with deep freezing temperatures and lots of snow. It's time to think about our pets and build them a dog house, if you don't already have one.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

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Herbs around my house
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

How many times have you dreamed of walking on a field full of red poppies and daisies, which are leaning slowly as the wind blows? I am living this dream every summer, when poppies and other herbs are starting to bloom all over the field around my house.

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