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Dave's Garden Articles: By Paul Rodman

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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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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Raspberries: A Summer Treat
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Iíve been a home food preserver for many years, one of my favorite items to make is raspberry jam. Recently Iíve found it harder to find good quality raspberries at a reasonable price. I decided to take matters into my own hands and grow my own. Let me share how to choose and establish your own berry patch.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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George Washington Carver, An American Botanist, An American Legend
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Born into slavery in a small Missouri town, George Washington Carver would become one of the most notable botanists in the world. Letís take a stroll through his life and view the many contributions G.W. made to the American farmer and the world in general.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

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HydrangeasÖHow and Where and WhatÖ Part I
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

The word hydrangea come from the Greek ďhydraĒ meaning water and ďangeoaĒ meaning vessel which refers to this plant's thirst for water and the shape of its seed pod. In this series of articles Iíll discuss the plant's characteristics, fertilization, site location, planting, pruning, winter protection in the colder climes. Iíll also cover the different types and how to adjust your soil pH to suit this group of plants.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Clematis, the Versatile Vine
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

One plant that all serious gardeners must have is the clematis. Itís beautiful by itself or when used as an accent plant in the garden. Iíll discuss the plant, its care and one of the most asked question regarding the clematis: pruning.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

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Preserving The Past for Posterity, Start a Seed Library
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

One of the fastest growing trends in home gardening is the Seed Library. If you have never heard of such a thing you may wonder what are they? How do they work? How do I start one? Iíll provide answers to these questions and provide information on what they are all about.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

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Luther Burbank, Wizard of American Horticulture
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

We all love to grow things or we wouldnít be on this website. Did you ever stop to think where did all of our plants come from? Whether it be flower, vegetable, tree, shrub or whatever. This is part of a series of articles of famous botanists and agricultural scientists. I think that we should know some of the people who brought us the plants that we so enjoy today.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

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Earth Day: April 22
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Each year, Earth Day, April 22 marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement which began in 1970. The first Earth Day capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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Garden Myths Busted: Vitamin B-1, Soil under Conifers, Peonies & Ants
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Two horticultural professionals took some of the most popular garden myths into the university laboratory to prove or disprove the accuracy of these myths. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott from Washington State University and Dr. Jeff Gilliam from the University of Minnesota tested these myths under controlled conditions to determine if they really work.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

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The Shakers: Innovators in the Seed Industry
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

"Hands to Work, Hearts to God" was the credo that this religious group lived by. They were some of the hardest working folks there ever was and their inventions are something that all gardeners still use today. They also treated women as equals long before it became commonplace.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Save the Date: National Agriculture Day is Coming Soon
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

National Agriculture Week was organized by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) 40 years ago and is celebrated each March.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Garden Myths Busted: Wood Chips vs. Bark Mulch, Compost Tea,
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Two horticultural professionals took some of the most popular garden myths into the university laboratory to prove or disprove the accuracy of these myths. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott from Washington State University and Dr. Jeff Gilliam from the University of Minnesota tested these myths under controlled conditions to determine if they really work.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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FDA To Tighten Rules On Compost Used on Food Crops
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

2012 saw a number of cases of bacterial diseases due to food borne pathogens that were attributed to contamination due to animal manures leaching into ground water: Salmonella from melons in Colorado and Indiana, E coli found in tainted spinach and sprouts caused hundreds to fall ill and a number of deaths were also reported. In an effort to eliminate food borne illness, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing new regulations for compost used on food products.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Garden Myths Busted: Soil Acidifiers, Tobacco, Hot Peppers
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Two horticultural professionals took some of the most popular garden myths into the university laboratory to prove or disprove the accuracy of these myths. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott from Washington State University and Dr. Jeff Gilliam from the University of Minnesota tested these myths under controlled conditions to determine if they really work.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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Container Gardening: The How, What and Where
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

In a world of limited time and space, container gardens seem to make more and more sense. Containers allow you to enjoy growing plants in places that might be thought of as impossible or unthinkable in which to plant. Iíll take you through the steps from choosing containers, soil mixes and everything else you need to know about planting a successful container garden.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

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More On Seed Starting for Beginners (and Anyone Who Likes to Start Seeds)
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

There have been many articles written about starting seeds but I think that all of us can continue to learn. I have been a gardener for over 50 years and I continue to pick up tips and information on a variety of gardening subjects. I have been chairman of our Master Gardener greenhouse for a number of years and I have gleaned some information on starting seeds and growing plants that will be beneficial to gardeners both novice and experienced. Iíll take you through it all, from where to get your seeds to transplanting your seedlings into the garden in the spring.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Attracting and Keeping our Feathered Friends, the Songbirds
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Nothing can cheer up a drab winter day as looking out of your window and seeing a parade of brightly colored songbirds at your feeder. Iíll be discussing how to attract them to your yard and more importantly keeping them coming back

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Friday, January 18, 2013

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Garden Myths Busted: Micro-Nutrients, Soda Pop, Salt
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Two horticultural professionals took some of the most popular garden myths into the university laboratory to prove or disprove the accuracy of these myths. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott from Washington State University and Dr. Jeff Gilliam from the University of Minnesota tested these myths under controlled conditions to determine if they really work.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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Seed Starting for Beginners (And Anyone Who Likes to Start Seeds)
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

There have been many articles written about starting seeds but I think that all of us can continue to learn. I have been a gardener for over 50 years and I continue to pick up tips and information on a variety of gardening subjects. I have been chairman of our Master Gardener greenhouse for a number of years and I have gleaned some information on starting seeds and growing plants that will be beneficial to gardeners both novice and experienced. Iíll take you through it all, from where to get your seeds to transplanting your seedlings into the garden in the spring.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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Garden Myths Busted: Artiifical Light, Milk Spray, The Bottom of the Pot
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Two horticultural professionals took some of the most popular garden myths into the university laboratory to prove or disprove the accuracy of these myths. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott from Washington State University and Dr. Jeff Gilliam from the University of Minnesota tested these myths under controlled conditions to determine if they really work.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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The Soil Conservation Service, a Savior to Farmers
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

In the late 1920s thousands of immigrants headed west to set up homesteads in the southern Great Plains. The panhandles of Texas, Oklahoma, as well as New Mexico,southern Colorado, and Kansas held vast areas of virgin prairie covered with buffalo grass. The fertile soil was awaiting the plow. In just a few years something would go horribly wrong. Find out what happened and what was done to correct it.

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