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Dave's Garden Articles: By Paul Rodman

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値l 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値l 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値l 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値l 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値l 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痴 Autumn Dividend 鏑eaves
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I think we all have a 斗ove-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知 going to tell you how to convert those leaves into 堵ardener'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致e 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 敵arden 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稚 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致e all heard about them, some call them 登ld 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知 about to tell you.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Worldwide Peat Shortage: Soaring Prices, Dwindling Supplies
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Drivers are experiencing sticker shock at the pump, but gardeners should brace for another surprise when they go to their favorite garden center for germination mix or potting soil this spring.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

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The Peony, The Hoosier State Flower
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

The state of Indiana has a great legacy of producing consistently good college basketball teams. That is not the case when it comes to selecting a state flower; in the past 99 years they have had four state flowers. But March 15, 2012 marks the 55th anniversary of the Hoosier state choosing the Peony as its 4th state flower.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

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All About Horticultural Oils
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I知 sure that most of us who grow roses are familiar with horticultural oils. These were for years known as "dormant oils" due to the fact that they were only used when the plants were in a dormant state. Over the past several years improvements have been made to these products so that they can be used year 'round.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

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The Back of the Pack輸 Wealth of Information
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Quality seed companies provide excellent information on culturing seeds and growing out mature plants. How many of us take the time to read and follow the instructions? I値l walk you through the terminology and explain what it means.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

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Rhubarb: A Plant for the Ages
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Researchers have found records of rhubarb being used for medicinal purposes as far back as 2700 B.C. in China. I don稚 use it as a medicine but I can tell you that there is no better medicine than a big slice of rhubarb pie and a glass of ice cold milk. I will explore the history and cultivation of this ancient plant and share some of my favorite recipes of what many refer to as the 撤ie Plant.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

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Seed Starting For Beginners: How, When and Why
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I知 often asked why I start my plants from seeds instead of buying transplants. There are a number of reasons, which I will divulge as well as explaining several easy steps to seed starting including the when and how to start seeds as well as problems to watch for.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

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New Flower Introductions for 2012
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

As the new year begins, gardeners can look forward to being introduced to new plants . I've chosen three of the 2012 introductions from Proven Winners in the Annual, Perennial and Shrub categories. Take a look at these beauties, and then see if you can find space in your garden for some of these newbies

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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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 don稚 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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Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Put Those Tools To Bed for Winter
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

If properly cared for good tools will last (almost) forever. A little time spent in the fall prepping your tools will ensure a fast start to the 2012 gardening season in the spring.

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