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Dave's Garden Articles: By Susanne Talbert

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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Goldfish Varieties for the Hobby Water Garden
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Goldfish are a terrific resident for your home water garden because of their ease of keeping, their fast growth, and their range of coloration and forms. Take a look at how many different goldfish types will flourish in your outdoor pond or indoor aquarium garden.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Understanding Koi Varieties
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Water gardeners often love their pond plants and animal inhabitants equally. Hobby koi keepers and water gardeners are interested in anything that adds color and life to their ponds. If you've had a hard time understanding koi varieties and jargon, maybe this basic guide can be of help.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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Egyptian Walking Onions
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Any plant with a name as odd as Egyptian walking onion has to be a pretty interesting plant. Egyptian walking onions, also known as tree onions or topset onions, make a great edible conversation piece in the garden.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

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Street Trees
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

The life of a street tree can be tough. It has to put up with car exhaust, salt and sand from winter road crews, heat from asphalt and pavement, and many other things most “normal” trees don’t have to deal with. How can you be sure that you are making the proper choice for a street tree?

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Monday, May 4, 2009

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Cool Climate Gardening: When to start vegetable seeds
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Starting a vegetable garden from seed is a huge undertaking even in warm, hospitable climates. In cooler areas such as Zone 5 and 6 gardens, this can be an even bigger challenge to fight with Mother Nature’s unpredictable last freezes and cool ground temperatures. Use this guide to help you know how to plan and prepare for your veggie starting this year.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

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Firs and Spruces
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

All evergreen trees are not created equal. Most people cannot tell the difference between a spruce, fir and pine, though many distinct differences do exist. Read more on what specifically makes spruces and firs different from pines.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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The Best Veggie Garden $1 Can Buy
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

With my Colorado hard clay soil, I struggled to raise vegetables. Not just “good” vegetables, but “any” vegetables. I tried to till in one or two bags of composted manure, watered till my husband was blue in the face while paying the bill, and stared longingly at my dirt clod for hours. Good vegetables never resulted. But this year I got serious about it, and in a very cheap way.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

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Successful Hellstrip Planting
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

If you’ve already given up on growing something nice in the area between the sidewalk and curb, take a second look.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

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Caring for potted plants while you're away
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Inevitably, all gardeners must leave their precious plants at some point for extended periods of time. Whether it is on vacation, to tend to a family emergency or a work trip, sometimes our plants just have to fend for themselves. Here are a few tips for how to care for your potted plants if you do have to be away.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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Plant Select's new book: A resource for all gardeners
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

During March, the writer's group at Dave's is penning articles about their favorite gardening book series and authors. I don't really have a particular series or author that I sway toward, but I do have a favorite organization that everyone should know about. They recently came out with a new book chronicling 25 years of hard work in the gardening industry. Plant Select's new book is a must-read for anyone that is struggling to find plants or resources on tough plants. Moreover, every gardener should support organizations like Plant Select, which lead to better, stronger, and more resilient plants for our gardens.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

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Genus, Species, and Cultivars, Oh My?
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

I’ve talked with many gardeners, green and seasoned, who have a hard time remembering what is what within a botanical name as well as how to use it. This is a quick reference, reminder, or education for anyone who has a tough time (and most of us do at one time or another) with botanical Latin.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

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Picking a garden color scheme
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Picking a garden color scheme is a lot like composing a painting. You have to look at all the components together and make choices about composition and colors as a whole. If you've never successfully composed a painting, or never thought about composing your garden this way, read on.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

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Planting a bridal garden
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Whether you or a loved one is about to be married or you just love the romance of weddings, creating a nuptial themed spot in your garden can be a special undertaking.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

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Guerilla Gardening - What is it?
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Equally daring and endearing, if not a little illegal, Guerilla Gardening is a movement taking some parts of the world by storm. What is it, you ask? Read on for a brief introduction to this interesting alliance of tactical growers.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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Mark your calendars: Spring shopping!
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Nothing’s worse than realizing you‘ve missed a prime opportunity to buy the perfect plant. So I would suggest planning your spring plant shopping sprees this winter and in the meantime save your pennies. An added bonus: this practice is also an excellent way to quell cabin fever.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

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The Quixotic Garden
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

I’ve been contemplating themed gardens in lieu of my random mish-mash of plants recently. Generally, if I like a plant I’ll buy it, whether or not I have a place for it and it definitely never crosses my mind if the plant would look good in my existing landscape.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

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The Properly Named Garden
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

The cold has pretty much set in hard here in Colorado. The pond is closed down for winter, the perennials have all entered their dormant sleep, and I have let go of the gardens while nature takes care of them for several months. What will I do with my time now that the weather is prohibitively cold? I plan on brainstorming for new, bigger, and better planned gardens for next year.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

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Iris enchantment
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Irises are an obsession, addiction, and compulsion on par with daylilies, brugmansias and tropicals. But why? What is all the fuss?

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Monday, December 8, 2008

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How to use the Dave's Garden Blog feature
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Whether you love to blog or don't even know what one is, the Dave's Garden Blog feature is just about as easy as jotting down a note in a blank notebook with good ole pen and paper. The difference is, you can't misplace your blog on Dave's! Read on to get started using this great tool today.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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The Hardiest of Hardy Perennials
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Can you even imagine trying to garden in USDA Zone 4 or lower, which can get down to temps of 30 below zero? It kind of makes you think that the rest of us are just borrowing the term “perennial,” and using it loosely. If you are looking for the hardiest of hardy perennials for your garden, due to your zone or because you just want tough plants, you might want to try some of these plants.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

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Rooting Brugmansia Cuttings
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Even if you are completely propagation challenged, starting brugmansias from cuttings is a breeze. With a few tips and a tiny bit of care you can have your own plant thriving in no time.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

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Hand Lotions and Scrubs for Gardeners
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

As the weather cools, the air outside and in your home will likely begin to dry out a little bit. Dry air can make our hard working, gardening hands dry out quickly and become a source of unneeded pain. Here is an overview of several popular commercially available products specifically made to ease our industrious and sometimes abused hands.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

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Starting a small lawn from seed
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Starting a small lawn from seed, while not faster, can be cheaper than using sod. It is not as hard or laborious as most people think; and with a few tips, a healthy green lawn can be right around the corner; nay, right in your front yard!

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Monday, September 29, 2008

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10 Hardy vines you should know
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Unfortunately for gardeners in more intemperate climates, most interesting vines are annuals, tropical or completely invasive. If you are on a search for vines that will remain robust perennials in your zone, here are 10 hardy vines you should know.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

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Dave's Garden Journal Part 3: More advanced options
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Hopefully you’ve already set up a basic Dave’s Garden Journal through the first two parts of this series. Now what on earth do the rest of all these crazy words mean? Cloning, milestones, statuses and hopefully any other questions you might have will be explained here. Now you’re really getting organized!

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Dave's Garden Journal Part 2: Getting started
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and start a Dave’s Garden Journal, good choice! Once you get the journal going, you will feel more organized and I promise, if you keep up with it, you’ll never be scrambling for a plant’s name again. This part of the series will help you get a basic journal going. It’s not as hard as it looks.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

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Dave's Garden Journal Part 1: What is it?
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

The Dave’s Garden Journal feature is a vast organizing tool that you need to start using today if you don’t already. It will clear your brain of all those loose cultivar names and hard-to-pronounce-much-less-remember genus and species names. Don’t be scared, once you get the hang of it you’ll be a pro. This 3 part series will guide you step by step through the powerful software to set up your own journal. In Part 1, you'll learn what the Dave's Garden Journal is, why you should use it, and how to plan for the most effective journal.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

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Plants for your pond surround: Sunny & dry
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

If you don't have a splashing fountain or waterfall in or around your water feature, you may have a drier environment around your pond than most. If this is the case, you have a virtual plethora of plants you can use in the surrounding area of your pond. You can play with textures and colors, but you want to make sure the roots won't be so vigorous they destroy your pond liner and that the leaves won't shed into the water too much.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

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Colorful cultivars of Cosmos
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Cosmos are one of the easiest and most drought tolerant annuals you can grow. Marked by their feathery foliage and a slew of bright colors, Cosmos are an excellent choice as a sun-loving colorful annual. Cosmos are easy to start from seed and readily reseed in many different conditions. Cosmos come in a range of colors from deep magenta to pure white to yellow-orange. Dive in!

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Friday, April 11, 2008

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The Thrifty Gardener: Cheap tricks for seed starting
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Seed starting itself is a 'cheap trick' gardeners know and love. Why pay for full price for a plant when you can start it from seed? Trading, rather than buying seeds, makes seed collecting and starting even cheaper. Once you've got the seeds, try these money saving tricks to make your next garden your most thrifty yet.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

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Make a New Gardener Out of an Existing Friend
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Have you ever just wished you had a close friend to garden with...someone close in proximity and in camaraderie? Someone who would go on Saturday morning nursery trips with you and make you feel less-bad about all the money you spend while there? True, we all have each other here on Dave’s Garden, but some of these friends can be half a world away. Here are some tips on how to create a gardener out of a supposedly “black-thumbed” friend who can be your new gardening buddy. This feat is actually a lot easier than you might think.

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