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Dave's Garden Articles: By Gloria Cole

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Making Sauerkraut
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage. In many traditional households making sauerkraut to preserve a surplus cabbage crop was an autumn ritual involving the whole family. Here I will explore how to make sauerkraut and the health benefits of eating it.

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

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Marigold: Flower of the Aztecs
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

There are several different flowers known as "marigolds" that belong to distinct genera: Bidens tripartita, Caltha palustris, and Calendula officinalis, and the genus Tagetes. These are the hardy annual flowers in hues of yellow, gold, orange and mahogany, sometimes red or white. These marigolds are indigenous to the American Southwest to Mexico, and to South America, but they were spread throughout the world by early colonists.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

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Skyscape Roses
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

Some climbing roses can climb trees, cover buildings, or yards of sturdy pergolas. The reward can be a sky full of roses on a summer's day. To accomplish this, though, requires not only the space to offer one of these giants, but careful planning to provide a sturdy support for a spectacular display for years - even generations - to come.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

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Summer Bulbs for Southern Gardens: Lycoris, 'Surprise Lilies'
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

Suddenly in late summer, the red spider lilies pop up in yards all over this historic Southern town. There are some places where houses were at one time but not within the memory of anyone still here. There they are: fields full of red spider lilies. What a sight to see just when the sun has beaten everything down and most plants are all a little dreary from the summer heat.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

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Camellias: Winter Blooming Shrubs for Southern Gardens (Hardiness Zone to 7b)
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

By selecting early sasanqua through late japonica varieties, camellias bloom from early fall through late spring in Southern gardens.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Chestnuts, Conkers, and Buckeyes
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire . . ." Roast some chestnuts or plant a chestnut tree.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

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Fall and Winter Gardening
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

Many enjoy fall vegetable gardening when lettuces, cooking greens, stir fry vegetables, and root crops thrive. But, when freezing rains or snow threaten whatever is left in the garden, most confine their garden dreams to catalogs and thoughts early spring. Here is an overview of gardening in the fall and winter seasons.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

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Wild Roses: The Native Roses and Naturalized Roses of North America
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

Native American Roses are wild flowering shrubs that provide full spectrum pollen for bees, nesting places for birds, and seclusion for small mammals. Their fruits or hips are tasty treats for wildlife as well as a powerhouse of important antioxidants for humans. Native roses are important components of food forests and land restoration projects. Introduced species roses have in many cases naturalized into the landscape so early that they are sometimes assumed to be indigenous to North America.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

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No-till Gardening: Sustainable Alternative to the Rototiller
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

No-till or no-dig gardening is a method of preserving the natural integrity of the soil. It preserves soil structure, promotes biological activity, and preserves soil fertility. All of this is compromised by cultivation. Here I will explore the 'Why' and 'How To' of No-Dig gardening.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

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Summer Bulbs for Southern Gardens: Crinums. Zones 7 through 11.
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

In high summer Crinums are often seen blooming in old Southern gardens. Like their cousins amaryllis, crinums are also within the Amaryllidaceae family. Blooming still In abandoned gardens they may mark a pass- a- long transaction of many years ago - an unwritten history of gardeners now gone. Crinums are often found in historic cemeteries. Native crinums or swamplilies may be seen blooming by the hundreds along rivers. Crinums have been grown in Southern gardens for more than 200 years. While there are native crinums, many in early gardens were species from Africa. Crinums are native to Africa, Southern Asia, Australia, and are found growing along rivers in the Southern United States. The plants are adapted to a wide range of conditions and different species can thrive in aquatic or desert environments.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Daffodils
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

It's almost time to order and plant bulbs to bloom in your garden next spring. Daffodils grow at historic sites throughout the south, long after the gardeners who planted them are gone. Here I will discuss daffodils and how and why to plant them.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

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Hedgerows, Shelterbelts, and Windbreaks
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

The strategic arrangement of trees and shrubs can significantly alter living environments for both humans and animals.

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Friday, November 2, 2007

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Permaculture: Blueprint for Sustainable Gardening
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

Permaculture is a method of gardening designed to replicate self-perpetuating natural ecosystems.

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