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Dave's Garden Articles: By Paul Rodman

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Here’s the Scoop on Fertilizers
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Most of us use them, but how many of us really know that much about them? They are key in keeping our yards and gardens vigorous and healthy. I’ll explain the different types of fertilizers, chemical vs. organic and how they should be used. Don’t be misled by glitzy ads; here are the facts on fertilizers.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

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The (Dirt) Doctor Is In
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I have always been a big advocate of soil testing, I was thrilled when I was recently invited to tour the Michigan State University Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory on the MSU campus in East Lansing, Michigan. It was a very interesting experience.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

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Rain Gardens: What, Why and How
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Each year millions of gallons of rain water flow from man made surfaces and lawns into our watersheds. What is wrong with that? Much of this water contains contaminates such as oil and grease from parking lots and roadways. Chemicals from fertilizers also flow with the rain water polluting our rivers, streams and lakes. I have lived within two miles of the Great lakes my entire life and have seen firsthand how these pollutants can affect water quality. If we all do our small parts, we can greatly reduce this runoff.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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Reading, Writing and...Plants?
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

While many high school students are thinking about video games and iPods, students in the horticultural program at Wyandotte, Michigan's Theodore Roosevelt High school are thinking about seeds, fertilizers and pollination.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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PAR: A Program to Defeat Hunger
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Hunger is a global problem, but hunger in our own neighborhoods is something we should be able to solve if we act together. PAR/ Plant a Row for the Hungry is a program that was started by the Garden Writers of America back in 1995. Since its inception American gardeners have donated over 14 million pounds of vegetables and herbs to feed the hungry in our local areas.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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Teach a Child To Garden...They will Grow for Life
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Several years ago I received an email that I can honestly say changed my life. It was from a local 2nd grade teacher who asked if I would be interested in stopping by ever so often and teach her class about growing “things”. I didn’t realize what I was in for.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Happy Together, A Guide to Companion Planting
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Happy Together, a song that the Turtles had on the charts in 1967 is appropre when it comes to plants. Some plants do extremely well when planted together; other plants just give up when planted closely with plants they don’t care for. Thanks to Uncle Lokes Feedstore in Troy, Mi for sharing information

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Make Your Own Potting Soil
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

It seems like in today’s world everyone is looking for convenience; the question is convenience really the best thing? I contend in the case of ready-made potting soils, it is not. Through many years of experience I’ve found most commercial potting mixes dry out too quickly and generally just don’t measure up. It’s relatively easy to make your own mixes tailored to YOUR specific needs.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

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Devil in a Green Dress; 9 Years Later
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

The devastation this pest has caused on the millions of ash trees in Michigan is unbelievable. What follows is an update as to where this insect has traveled and what’s being done to control its damage.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

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Propagating Tomato Plants from Stem Cuttings
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Most gardeners are familiar with propagating flowers and shrubs by taking stem cuttings. Many of you may not think about using the same procedure to create more plants for the vegetable garden. By following the same basic steps you can create more plants in short order.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

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Don't Guess, Soil Test
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I’ve been an advocate of soil testing for years. I recently did a soil test on one of my rose beds. Boy, did I get a surprise when I opened the envelope.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

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Preserving the Bounty, a Summary of Food Preservation (Part 2)
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

There are other ways in which to preserve foods besides canning. In this installment I’ll describe the freezing of fruits and vegetables.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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Organic, What Exactly Does it Mean?
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

With all of the recent publicity about goods imported from China that contain harmful substances, I believe we need to become more concerned about what we and our families eat. If the Chinese put antifreeze in toothpaste and use lead-based paint on children’s toys, no telling what is contained in imported foods from that region. One way to ensure food safety is to buy organic foods grown in this country.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

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Seed Packets, What does it all mean?
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

There’s a lot of valuable information on a seed packet. What does it all mean? How can I use it to my advantage to successfully germinate the seeds inside?

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Friday, November 6, 2009

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Cooperative Extension, Your Gateway to Knowledge
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Farmers and Gardeners across this great country owe a debt of gratitude to the late congressman Justin Morrill, of Vermont.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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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 I’ve 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, October 13, 2009

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Why Do I Garden?
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I’ve been asked that question many times in the 40 plus years that I’ve been gardening. Non gardeners don’t seem to understand what it is that attracts us to play in the soil and grow “things”.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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Soil (Don't call it Dirt)
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Soil: what is it and how can I improve it? Read on to find out.

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Friday, May 9, 2008

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Top 10 List of Weeds That You are Most Likely to Find in your Yard and Garden
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

We all have them, some more than others. Some we rarely see, some that we can expect every year. Some are very poisonous, some are helpful. No matter what type of gardener you are sooner of later they will show up and you will need to deal with them, WEEDS.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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Top 10 List of Pests that you might find in your Yard or Garden.
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

How many times have you walked into your garden and found a freshly sprouted seedling laying on its side, that beautiful newly opened rose bloom you went out to cut totally wasted? You’ve had some unwanted visitors and they’re not doing you any favors. I’ll tell you about some common pests and how to control them to keep your lawn and garden in great shape.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

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Top 10 List of Plant Diseases that you might find in your Yard or Garden
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I’ve been gardening for a long time and I don’t think there’s been a year where a new disease or insect hasn’t shown up in my lawn or garden. In this first of a series I’ll give you my top 10 plant diseases that you’re most likely to see.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

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Kids in the Garden, The Junior Master Gardener Program
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

There’s no better way to get kids involved in gardening than to introduce them to the Jr. Master Gardener program

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

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Master Gardeners, Who they are, What they do
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I’ve been a Master Gardener for 11 years; I’ve been a DG member for 7. During that time I’ve read many posts on Dave’s Garden regarding exactly what a Master Gardener is. I believe there are a lot of misconceptions about the Master Gardener program. I'm going to clue you in on who they are and what they do.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Roll out the barrel, the rain barrel that is!
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Do you know that the roof area of a 1500 square foot house will catch and run off 900 gallons of water during a 1 inch rainfall? The average yearly rainfall in the area where I live is 27 inches per year. If I were able to catch all of that rain it would amount to over 24,000 gallons. We may not be able to catch it all but I will tell you how to catch part of it for use in your yard and garden.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

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Watering Wisely
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

It seems like every time we pick up a newspaper or turn on the news there is some type of story about water shortages. Double digit water bill increases in urban areas or threats of running out of water in the southeast United States. We all need to do our part in conserving water whether we get it from a municipal water source or from our own wells.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

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Raised Beds Why and How
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Poor soil? Rocky hard pan slow drainage. No organic materials, nothing will grow? Bad back or other disability? A raised bed may be the answer to your problems; I’ll explain how to build them and where they should be placed.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

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Plant a Tree, The History of Arbor Day
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

“Other holidays repose in the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future” These words were spoken by J. Sterling Morton 136 years ago and still hold true today to reflect the necessity of planting trees. Mr. Morton was responsible for the founding of Arbor Day in Nebraska, other states followed his lead and soon all of the United States was celebrating this holiday.

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Friday, February 29, 2008

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Diseases That Attack Roses
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

The old football adage “The best offense is a good defense” so aptly applies in avoiding diseases in your rose garden. Regular observations and spray programs are the only effective way to prevent diseases before they get started and spread to other plants.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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All-America Rose Selections for 2008
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

The All-America Rose Selection (AARS) announced their 2008 winners: a Floribunda and Grandiflora won the honors for the upcoming year. Those of you who like pastel roses will be very happy with the choices.

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

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AAS 75th Anniversary Classics
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

To commemorate their 75th anniversary, All-America Selections has designated 5 of their past winners as CLASSICS. These selections have withstood the test of time. These plants will be grown at all of the AAS display gardens for public viewing; they are indeed the best of the best.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

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Growing Roses from A-Z (Part IV)
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

No matter what type of plants that you grow you have to take the good along with the bad. Certain insects are attracted to roses and to prevent significant damage you need to keep a close eye on your plants. I will give you an overview on the most common insects that attack roses and controls to alleviate them.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

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All-America Selections® for 2008
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Every year for the past 75 years, plant experts from across the country have gotten together to chose the best of the best vegetables and flowers. These choices are known as the All-America Selections®. Here's a look at the selections for 2008.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

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Growing Roses from A-Z (Part III)
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Roses are heavy feeders, if you’re going to successfully grow roses you need to set up a regular fertilization program.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

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Hydrangeas…How and Where and What… Part III
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

In this final installment on hydrangeas I’ll. Explain how to propagate them as well as protect them from the cold winter weather. You’ll also learn how to preserve those beautiful blooms to use in arrangements.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

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Hydrangeas…How and Where and What… Part II
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

In this installment I’ll go through how to prune hydrangeas. Before we can do that however you need to know what species that you have. Each variety of hydrangea is pruned in a different manner. I’ll discuss the five most common species, and then we’ll go on to the pruning.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

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Community Gardens Different in their own Unique Ways, Part IV
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

The fourth in my series on community gardens will be more of a pictorial than verbal. The reason being no one in this garden speaks English. These folks are all Korean. They have the seeds, plants and most importantly the knowledge they have brought from their native land. I have made many attempts to find someone to translate for me with no success. I stop and visit this garden several time a season we communicate with a wave and a smile. I guess gardening is a universal language.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

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Community Gardens Different in their own Unique Ways, Part III
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

This particular garden is a real success story for urban farmers. Founded by 3 Dominican Nuns to teach low income inner city families to grow their own food. This location is actually the second spot this garden has been located. The first piece of property was taken over for the expansion of a mega casino in downtown Detroit.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

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Growing Roses from A-Z (Part II)
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

In the second part of this series I’ll cover how to choose a rose the basic types and how to plant them. As the old rosarian saying goes “If you put a $50 rose in a $2 hole it will probably die; if you put a $2 rose in a $50 hole it will survive” correct planting is critical in successfully growing roses.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

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Growing Roses from A-Z (Part I)
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

In this series of articles I’ll discuss the different types of roses, how to plant, how to care for them. You’ll learn about disease and insect problems. Fertilization, spraying and general upkeep. You’ll become an expert on America's flower in no time at all.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

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Community Gardens Different in their own Unique Ways, Part II
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

The second garden in my series on community gardens has a lot of historical significance behind it. It’s located on property that was Henry Ford’s home. His mansion Fairlane is ¼ mile east of the garden. The mansion is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

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