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Dave's Garden Articles: By Paul Rodman

Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Rejuvenate Your Soil With Cover Crops
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Cover crops are grasses, legumes or small grains grown between regular crop production periods for the purpose of protecting and improving the soil

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Friday, October 21, 2011

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Ripening Green Tomatoes or Using Them in a Recipe
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

The leaves are turning, thereís a chill in the air. Pumpkins and corn stalks are in the garden centers...and the tomato plants are loaded with green tomatoes. Donít despair, hereís how to get those to ripen or better yet some recipes for green 'maters.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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Fall Turf Care
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Iím sure many of you are ďgarden wearyĒ a term I coined to describe how most gardeners feel at this time of year. There are a few tasks left to do in the yard and garden before we can settle down for the winter. One of these is to put the lawn to bed for a long winter.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

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Autumn Color, The Chrysanthemum
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Are your gardens looking a little pale? Has the color faded or disappeared? Donít despair! I have the answer to perk up your yards and gardens: the versatile Chrysanthemum, better known to most of as mums.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

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Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Saving heirloom tomato seeds is an excellent way to have a supply of seeds for next season and to trade with fellow gardeners. Itís easy to do, Iíll take you on a pictorial journey on how to save your seeds.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Preserving the Bounty, a Summary of Food Preservation (Part 1)
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

During the Napoleonic War in the late 1700s, Napoleon's army was malnourished, suffering from scurvy and starvation. The countryside had been stripped of food sources. A way had to be found in which to preserve food and get it to the troops.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

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Devil In Disguise
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I recently have been on several garden walks where garden clubs open memberís gardens for public viewing. I have seen many beautiful gardens, but I see an alarming pattern. Many of the gardens contained purple loosestrife. This plant was classified as invasive several years ago and those growing it are contributing to severe problems for our lakes, streams and other waterways.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

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Dying Conifers, A Real Threat
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

A new herbicide introduced last year by The DuPont Chemical Company is suspected of damaging many white pine and Norway spruce trees. Imprelis is reportedly attacking the trees as if they are weeds.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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Growing Garlic
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

As I prepare to harvest my garlic I want to share some information so youíll be ready to plant your own this fall. Garlic a member of the onion family, has been cultivated for thousands of years and is widely used for both its culinary and medicinal attributes. Popularity of this crop has increased in recent years as Americans have become more accustomed to garlic flavor and knowledgeable about the many health benefits of eating garlic.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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Great Soil, Great Gardens
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

So many of us take it for granted; but how much do we really know about our soil? Amendments, fertilizers, structure, pH, what does it all mean? In order to grow great plants we need great soil, hereís what itís all about.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Hereís 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. Iíll explain the different types of fertilizers, chemical vs. organic and how they should be used. Donít 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 ďthingsĒ. I didnít 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 donít 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 todayís 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 Iíve found most commercial potting mixes dry out too quickly and generally just donít measure up. Itís 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 whatís 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)

Iíve 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 Iíll 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 childrenís 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)

Thereís 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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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Why Do I Garden?
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Iíve been asked that question many times in the 40 plus years that Iíve been gardening. Non gardeners donít seem to understand what it is that attracts us to play in the soil and grow ďthingsĒ.

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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? Youíve had some unwanted visitors and theyíre not doing you any favors. Iíll 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)

Iíve been gardening for a long time and I donít think thereís been a year where a new disease or insect hasnít shown up in my lawn or garden. In this first of a series Iíll give you my top 10 plant diseases that youíre 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)

Thereís 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)

Iíve been a Master Gardener for 11 years; Iíve been a DG member for 7. During that time Iíve read many posts on Daveís 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; Iíll 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)

ďOther holidays repose in the past; Arbor Day proposes for the futureĒ 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 ďThe best offense is a good defenseĒ 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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