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Dave's Garden Articles: By Paul Rodman

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. Let’s 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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Hydrangeas…How and Where and What… Part I
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

The word hydrangea come from the Greek “hydra” meaning water and “angeoa” meaning vessel which refers to this plant's thirst for water and the shape of its seed pod. In this series of articles I’ll discuss the plant's characteristics, fertilization, site location, planting, pruning, winter protection in the colder climes. I’ll 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. It’s beautiful by itself or when used as an accent plant in the garden. I’ll 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? I’ll 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 wouldn’t 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. I’ll 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. I’ll 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. I’ll 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. I’ll 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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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Cover Crops and Green Manures: Key Elements to Healthy Soil
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Cover crops are grasses, legumes or small grains grown between regular crop production for the purpose of protecting and improving the soil. Green manures are plants that are sown specifically to improve fertility.They are not harvested for food, and are not allowed to flower. Any plant can be grown as a green manure although some are much better than others. As you can see these terms are interchangeable. I'll tell you what to use and when to plant them.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Garden Myths Busted: Potassium / Magnesium+ Cold, Native Plants, Cedar Wood Chips
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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Monday, November 5, 2012

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The Big Five Critters That Will Eat Your Houseplants
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

With winter fast approaching many of us have brought our houseplants indoors after spending the summer outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. You may have brought some uninvited guests along with your plants. I’ll tell you about the five most common pest that go after houseplants and how to control them.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

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Garden Myths Busted: Sun+Water, Nursery Tags and Landscape Fabric
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, October 17, 2012

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Winterize Those Trees and Shrubs
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Mother Nature has given our trees and shrubs an excellent mechanism to cope with cold winter weather. Our deciduous trees and shrubs drop their leaves and go into hibernation until spring. Our evergreens are a different story. They have developed a coping procedure that allows them to slow down their metabolism and endure the winter cold. However there are steps we can take to help our conifers and broadleaved evergreens make it through cold months without damage and remain as healthy as possible,

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Friday, September 28, 2012

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Garden Myths Busted: Organic, USDA Hardiness Map, and Plant Quality vs. Cost
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, September 19, 2012

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Mother Nature’s Autumn Dividend “Leaves”
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I think we all have a “love-hate” relationship with autumn leaves. They give us an endless panorama of color each fall. They also cover our lawns and gardens in layers of red and gold that we have to rake and dispose of. I’m going to tell you how to convert those leaves into “gardener's gold” to enrich your soil and insulate many of your plants from winter's cold.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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Garden Myths Busted: Harpin, Top Pruning, Sanitizing Pruners, Foliar Feeding
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, August 29, 2012

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Grey Water: What is it and how to use it
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Grey water is water from your sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines. I also include evaporate from your air conditioner or humidifier in this category. Learn how to retain and use it in the yard and garden.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

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Garden Myths Busted: Bone Meal, Newspaper, Hydrogels and Vinegar
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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Monday, July 16, 2012

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The Gardener's 5 Most-Wanted Garden Pests
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Wanted dead or alive? Just dead, thank you. These pests can catch you by surprise; one day your cucumber vines are beautiful, the next day you find them wilted and lying on the ground. Your pole beans that were almost ready to harvest are suddenly wilted and dying. You’ve been visited by one of the most common insects to attack your veggie garden. I'll explain what they are and the best ways to control them.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

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Bt. a good bacteria and friend in the garden
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

As more gardeners are getting away from using chemicals on their lawns and gardens they are face with the predicament of how to control insects. The answer just might be Bacillus thuringiensis or better known as Bt.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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Garden Myths Busted: Willow Water, Garlic and Peroxide
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, June 14, 2012

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Boxwood Blight Invades U.S.
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

One of the most popular landscape plants used in the world is in grave danger. Boxwood Blight, a fungal disease caused by a Cylindrocladium fungus has arrived in the U.S. and is spreading at an alarming rate.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

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Garden Myths Busted: Beer, Coffee and Eggs
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, May 31, 2012

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Phytoremediation, Cleaning the Soil with Plants
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Following a “Garden Mythbuster” article I wrote about rubber mulch and the mulch polluting the soil with heavy metals, I was asked about how to get rid of such pollution? One way is to use plants to clean up or remediate polluted areas. I have had some exposure to remediation while working with a team assisting in turning vacant lots into community gardens.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Devil in a Green Dress
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

As you read this I want you to think of me as Paul Revere. My main purpose in writing this article is to spread the word about this devastating pest and prevent many of you from the devastation we have experienced here in Michigan and several other Great Lakes States, Believe me THE EMERALD ASH BORER IS COMING.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

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Garden Myths Busted: Beer, Corn and Rubber
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Are you ready to explore and debunk a few more garden myths? There are so many that I couldn’t get them all into a single article!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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May is National Asparagus Month
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

May is National Asparagus Month, and if you haven't yet had the pleasure of enjoying this highly delicious vegetable, this is a great excuse to start!

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

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Farmers Markets Food, Fun and Family
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

They come in all shapes and sizes. Atlantic to Pacific, Canada to Mexico they're the hub of activity on Saturday mornings. From the small heartland communities to New York, Chicago and Los Angles, an American tradition the FARMERS MARKET.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

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Garden Myths Busted: Citrus, Compost and Baking Soda
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

We’ve all heard about them, some call them “old wives tales.” We watched that guy on TV use beer on the lawns, soap on the flowers, and many other concoctions. The question is do these tricks really work? I’m about to tell you.

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