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Dave's Garden Articles: By Cathy M Wallace

Thursday, April 3, 2014

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A Peony With a Past
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Call me sentimental, but tears well up as I divide my favorite plant, Grandmaís pink peony. It doesnít have a fancy name, but it has lots of history.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

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My Love Affair With a Swing
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Who would think that a simple swing could be the source of so much love? For 50 years, there has been a swing somewhere in my life, starting way back with my Grandfather.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

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Sitting While You Garden, Stools and Tools
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Since waving goodbye to my 40s more than a few years ago, kneeling, squatting and working in the garden are getting harder with each passing season. Stools and new tools are on my supply list for next year, but how will I know which are best?

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

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Extreme Garden Art! Niki
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

If you have ever admired garden sculptures and art using tumbled rocks, glass, mirrors and other what-nots, you may love this example taken to the extreme! Let's take a look at NIKI!

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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Beyond the Tomato, Planting for the Food Pantry
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Stop for a minute and remember how good those home grown tomatoes tasted last summer. Did you pick fresh greens for your summer salads? How about that fresh pesto you served when company came for dinner? Now think of never having fresh veggies or fruit, but everything from a can. It isnít my intention to make you feel bad, but to encourage you to plan now to grow a bit of extra for sharing this coming year, and to think beyond the wonderful tomato. Food pantries and soups kitchens across the country can use the bounty of your garden to spice up the life of their customers.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

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Ant or Termite? How to Tell the Difference
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

The word Termite strikes fear into many a homeowner's heart. Yes, they aren't a good thing inside your house, but are fine away from the house. First, let's learn if it really IS a termite, then we will discuss non-chemical ways to keep them away from your house, and what to do if they are in the house.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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Making Your Own Bird Cakes, Rendering Fat for Suet
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

The birds in your neighborhood don't care if you spend $1 or $20 for the suet in the feeder. Here is the frugal way to make your own for next to nothing, plain or fancy! Why render the fat? A good question that will be answered if you keep reading...

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Life Filled With Stress? Find Peace in the Garden
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

The feeling comes quickly, the knot in your stomach, the pain crawling up from your neck into your head. Tension and stress! You could take a pill, but a better solution is to go play in your garden. Try this when you feel like you've been sitting in a patch of prickly pear cactus.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

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Mr. Squirrel Meets Macho
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Mr. Squirrelah has just returned to his Momma and Poppa's tree, after his tree was downed by an ice storm. Let's see how he adjusts!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

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Missouri Botanical Garden: Garden Structure
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Plants are the main reason to visit, but today I'd like to share some of my favorite places at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

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Theme Gardens: Let's Grow Tomato Salsa
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Do you LOVE salsa? Me too! While at the grocery store picking out the ingredients for salsa, it dawned on me that I could grow almost all of them in the back yard! Let's plan a salsa garden! It can be in the garden or on the patio in pots. We will have the freshest salsa in town, and it will be exactly how we like it, a little spicy to fire breathing dragon!

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

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Mr. Squirrelah and the Ice Storm
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

When we last visited Mr. Squirrelah, he had just found a new home in the nice peopleís yard. He was getting a peanut each day, and had found a comfy hole in a big tree and a nice log for sunning. Letís check in to see how he is getting along...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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How to Plant in Strawberry Jars for Easy Watering
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Something about the shape of strawberry jars has always appealed to me, I've admired well-planted pots and tried for years to make mine look as good. Every year it was something; the top plants didn't grow, the plants at the bottom rotted or dried out. The owner of a local garden center took pity on me and gave me a few tricks that have made all the difference. Today, I'll share them with each of you.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

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Missouri Botanical Garden Orchid Show
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

A small traffic jam forms at the door as visitors take their first sniff of the air at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Orchid Show. How I wish I could make the photos "scratch and sniff" so you could enjoy more than the pictures, as the smells are as scrumptious as the colors of the flowers. Come along as I wander through a beautiful orchid garden.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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Book Review: Great Gardens, Solutions for Small Spaces, by Garden Gate Magazine
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

When my daughter asked for help to decide what to put in the skinny strip between the garage and the sidewalk to her front door, I was at a loss. Never before had I planned a garden that would be less than 12 inches deep, but close to 20 feet wide. Garden Gate Magazine's new book, GREAT GARDENS, SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL SPACES was exactly the help I needed, and if you have a small yard or a corner or need help with curb appeal, it may help you, too. A review follows:

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Friday, February 1, 2008

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The Squirrel in My Garden
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Once upon a time, there was a young squirrel. His Momma and Poppa told him to stay away from the people that lived in the house where their Pin Oak tree grew, but being a curious little fellow, he didnít always listen.

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