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Dave's Garden Articles: By Paul Rodman

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)

Iím 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 PackóA 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? Iíll 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 donít 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 ďPie PlantĒ.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

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

Iím 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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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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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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