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Dave's Garden Articles: By Paul Rodman

Monday, March 23, 2015

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The History of the Mason Jar
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I think most of us have used them or at least know someone who has. Have you ever thought about how this versatile device revolutionized home food preservation?

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Friday, February 27, 2015

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Saga of a First Time Potato Grower
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I live on a typical suburban lot, so my gardening space is somewhat limited. My primary interest is heirloom tomatoes and the majority of my space at home is devoted to growing these. I acquired a plot in a local community garden, part of which I devoted to growing potatoes. Let me take you through my experience in growing these tubers for the first time.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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A Dozen Tips to Make Your Gardening a Little Easier
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Over my many years as a garden writer I have picked up many tips to use around the garden. At the end of my lectures to garden clubs I like to share a few tips with the audience, and ask them to contribute any tips that they might like to share. Needless to say, I have accumulated many tips; I'd like to share a dozen with you.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

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Strawbale Gardening: Why and How
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Today I would like to share one of my favorite methods of growing plants: in partially decomposed bales of straw!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Heirloom Tomatoes: Open Pollinated or Hybrid
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

One of the latest debates in vegetable gardening is the heirloom: open pollinated vs the hybrid tomato. I will explain the differences with the pros and cons of each.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

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Winter Pruning of Trees, A Timely Task
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Most folks are putting away their gardening tools in late fall but donít be so quick to retire inside for the winter. Did you know that winter is the perfect time to prune most deciduous trees?

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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Indoor Gardening with Winter Vegetables
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Do you know that you can enjoy fresh produce during the winter months by growing it indoors yourself? Hereís how to do it.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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Celeriac: An Underutilized Vegetable
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I have always been amazed how two plants that that look completely different can taste the same. Case in point: cane and beet sugar. The two look completely different, but I challenge anyone to tell the difference in taste. I recently discovered another set of plants in this same category: celeriac and celery. Celeriac has the same flavor as its distant cousin, pascal celery. You're not familiar with it? You're not alone. Let me introduce you to celeriac.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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How to Build A Gutter Garden
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

A gutter garden is a great space-saving method in which you can grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Building a gutter garden makes a great winter project that can be completed indoors.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

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Is Your Compost Safe?
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Compost is often referred to as "Black Gold," and indeed it can play a key role in adding organic material and nutrients to the soil. Unless you make your own compost do you really know what your compost contains?

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Are Monarchs Just a Memory?
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I think we all can agree that the number of monarch butterflies have been declining. Recently a request was made to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to place the monarch butterfly on the endangered species list. Is this a good move? I recently discussed this with butterfly expert and author Brenda Dziedzic; find out why she and other experts think this is not such a good idea.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Let's Trade Some Plants
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

One of the best ways to acquire new plant material or to get rid of excess plants is to conduct a plant exchange or swap. It can be a very simple event or you can get as elaborate as you desire. Here's a photo story of one such event, held in south eastern Michigan on a sunny fall morning.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Recycle those Geraniums
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Geraniums are one of the most popular "annual" flowers in the U.S. They make an excellent container plant as well as planted in garden beds. I'm going to show you how to recycle your plants so that you can get many years of beautiful blooms.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Weeds: A Curse To All Gardeners
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

No weed is friend to the gardener, but some are worse than others. Three weeds in particular have begun to pose a real threat to plant life in the midwestern US and northern plains states.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

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Integrated Pest Management
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Integrated Pest Management what an intimidating term; that was my thought when I first heard it during my Master Gardener class some ten years ago. Since that time Iíve come to discover that IPM is a very basic approach to controlling pests and diseases in the yard and garden.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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Manure to Global Positions Systems, the Story of Fertilizers
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

It keeps roses red, and vegetables growing; It can come from restaurants, restrooms or dumpsters, no matter how we get it, fertilizer plays an important role in food production worldwide.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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The Legume of a Hundred Uses, The Bean
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Itís been called the worldís most near perfect food, it's high in protein, it can be stored for long periods of time, and it's the source of many products both edible and non edible. The king of legumes, the bean.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Corn, A Crop of Many Uses
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Nothing says summer more than a steaming, golden ear of sweet corn dripping with melted butter. However human consumption of corn is low on the food chain as far as uses for this valuable commodity. Letís take a journey to see how corn is used to enhance our lives.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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The Potato: The Worldís Most Versatile Food
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

There is no doubt about it, the potato has to be the most versatile food in the world.. How many other foods are eaten regularly for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Letís learn about this cousin of the tomato, eggplant and pepper.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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The Versatile Cuke
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I would have to classify cucumbers as one of the top 3 most versatile veggies that we grow. There are so many uses for this member of the curbit family. Letís learn about this delicious vegetable.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

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The Language of Tomatoes
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I have been growing tomatoes for almost 50 years. About five years ago, I received an invitation from a friend to see his tomato garden and it changed my outlook about growing the most popular plant found in home gardeners. I was very impressed by the vigor, size, and production of his heirloom variety called 'Daniels' which is said to be from West Virginia. This was one of the best-tasting tomatoes that I had ever eaten. He also generously shared some seeds with me and my choice of tomatoes to grow was changed forever.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

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April is National Gardening Month.
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

April offers many opportunities to get a non-gardener interested in growing things; a great time to recruit folks to grow produce to feed the hungry; or probably the most important get a child interested in gardening. Letís celebrate National Gardening Month.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

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Spices of the World: Cloves
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

This is part of a series of articles about different spices from around the globe. I thought I knew a lot about spices until I began to research these articles. Come and learn with me all about the spice, Cloves

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Incredible Edible Flowers
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Tired of the same old meat and potatoes? Looking for something to spice up that romantic dinner for that special someone? Just looking for something a little different to dine on? Go out to your flower garden, you may have just what you need, right under your nose.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Spices From Around The World: Bay Leaves
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

This is part of a series of articles about different spices from around the globe. I thought I knew a lot about spices until I began to research these articles. Come and learn with me all about the spice, Bay Leaves.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Spices From Around The World: Allspice
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

This is part of a series of articles about different spices from around the globe. I thought I knew a lot about spices until I began to research these articles. Come and learn with me all about the spice, Allspice.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

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Alternatives to Turf
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

There are certain conditions to which grass is almost impossible to grow. Do not despair; there are alternatives which you can use to create a beautiful landscape.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Spices From Around The World: Cinnamon
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

This is part of a series of articles about different spices from around the globe. I thought I knew a lot about spices until I began to research these articles. Come and learn with me all about the spice, Cinnamon.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

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Christmas Gift Suggestions For The Gardener In Your Life
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Ever since I started writing a weekly garden column I get the same question this time of year: "What do you suggest as a holiday gift for a gardener?" Here are some suggestions that are guaranteed to make any gardener happy.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

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Eggnog, a Holiday Tradition
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

You either love it or hate it. Some like it plain; some like it spiked with alcohol. Some like it in ice cream. I happen to be one that loves it and am sorry that it is only available for a few months each year. Here's the story on eggnog: the history, the ingredients, and some great recipes.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Spices From Around The World: Nutmeg
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

This is the first of a series of articles about different spices from around the globe. Weíll learn about their history, origin and how they are used. I thought I knew a lot about spices until I began to research this article. Come and learn with me all about spices, and today, nutmeg.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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Up, Up and Away: Unmanned Drone Aircraft Uses in Agriculture
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Many times certain innovations used in warfare can be adapted for peacetime use. That is the case of unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. Farmers around the world are using this ttechnology to improve their growing methods.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Donít Try This at Home
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Still following Grandmaís recipe for making pickles, jams, canning green beans or other foods? Check to see if you are following the most up-to-date canning practices. Using old, untested recipes can result in an unsafe food product that could make you and anyone else who eats the food sick. The following is information gleaned from food scientists at leading universities across the country. I hope you'll read it, digest it and take it for what itís worth. There are no hidden agendas, just dedicated folks who want to ensure that your preserved foods are safe healthy, and taste good.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

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An Autumn Jewel The Mighty Apple
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Fall is a fantastic season. Besides Mother Natureís brilliant palette of crimson and golden leaves, bright orange pumpkins and burgundy Indian corn, fall means that itís apple season. At orchards and cider mills across the country folks are busy harvesting and processing this most popular fruit. Let me share some facts about the most popular fruit in the U.S. and also some of my favorite apple recipes.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

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National Kale Day: First Wednesday in October
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

National Kale Day is proposed as an annual celebration of eating, growing, and sharing kale throughout America. And it's a great excuse to learn all about this versatile vegetable.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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Feeding the Homeless From an Urban Roof Top Garden
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Sitting in the shadow of Comerica Park, home of the American League Champion Detroit Tigers, and aross the street from the historic Fox Theater is the 103 year old Central United Methodist Church. Six floors above street level something wonderful is going on and Iím excited to tell you about it.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Fall Lawn Care Equals Year Round Healthy Turf
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Iíve been writing a weekly gardening column in the local newspaper for almost nine years. The most common questions I get are concerning lawns. "My turf is dying," "What are the brown spots?" or "How do I control grubs?" are just some of the inquires I get on a regular basis. With regular care many of these problems can be eliminated. Putting the lawn to bed for the winter is a key element.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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Divide Those Perennials and Enhance Plant Health and Vigor
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Smart gardeners know that most perennials should be divided every few years. Here are some tried and true tips and methods that I have used for a number of years.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Produce and Food Safety: Donít Get a Bug
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

It's summertime and the living is easy. We are grilling, picnicking, as well as canning and preserving foods. Fresh produce is abundant, whether it be from your own garden or a local farmers market. You need to be extra-cautious when handling fresh produce or serving prepared foods outdoors. Here are some food safety suggestions to keep you and your family healthy and safe in order to enjoy the summer fun.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

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Unorthodox Gardening Methods
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I think it would be fair to say that most folks who visit this site are gardeners or ďwanna-be" gardeners. I also think it would be fair to say that the majority of them garden in the traditional way, basically growing directly in the soil or in containers. Letís step outside the box and take a look at some methods for lack of a better term might be termed ďunorthodox.Ē I think you will enjoy it and might have some fun trying some or all of them.

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