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Dave's Garden Articles: By Susan Patterson

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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How to Make Your Own Fertilizer Tea and Use It
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

To have a thriving vegetable or flower garden, most plants require a little boost during the growing season. This is partly due to a lack of nutrients and microbes in the soil and also that many plants are actually heavy feeders, requiring some form of fertilizer to do their best.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

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Creating Vertical Gardens of Interest
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Vertical gardens are increasing in popularity not only due to their aesthetic appeal but also their functionality. Known also as living walls or even living art, erecting a vertical garden is a great way to showcase your favorite ornamentals and also a practical way to make use of space for edibles.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

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4 Craft Ideas for Seed Catalogues and Packets
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Now is the time of year that we gardeners start longingly looking through our seed catalogs and begin forming our list of seeds for the upcoming season. The bright colors and textures displayed in the catalogs seem to jump up at us off of the pages; this is especially true for those of us who have to endure a bleak, rainy, or very cold and snowy winter.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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How to Make a Fresh Herb Wreath
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Holiday wreaths of holly or fir and pinecones adorning front doors have high seasonal appeal. But they find their way to the garbage can all too soon. For perennial joy, make a fresh herb wreath. Hang it anywhere in the house where the herbs can refresh the air. It can slowly dry into a keepsake that you can enjoy all through the year.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

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Beautiful Festive Plants to Add Flair for the Holidays
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

When it is freezing outside and you need some holiday cheer, welcome your guests to the warmth of your home with beautiful plants decked out for the season. Besides gaily decorated Christmas trees, there are many plants that add striking color, texture and ambiance.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Popular Apple Varieties and Tasty Fall Recipes
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

There is nothing like the crunch or the taste of a fall apple. If you are lucky enough to have some trees in your landscape, be sure to take full advantage of them this season. If not, head to your local farmer’s market where you will discover an abundance of apples.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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Ready for Raspberries
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Gardening with raspberries can be a rewarding and delicious experience. However, your success will depend on careful plant and variety selection. Choose the best type for your growing region and be sure you become familiar with planting and care specifics for best results. Berries not only taste great but are also a healthy addition to your diet and full of vitamins, nutrients, and health-promoting antioxidants.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

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How to Make an Outdoor Cozy Swing
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

After all your hard work in your garden, it’s nice to take some time to sit back and relax. Enjoy the birds, your flowers, and the beautiful weather in your very own cozy porch swing.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

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Building a Rain Barrel for Next to Nothing
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

If you are tired of a high water bill it may be time to consider a rain barrel. Over 300 gallons of water can be collected off of a 500 square foot roof with just an inch of rain. That's a lot of water. If estimated rain fall amounts were actualized, you could potentially collect about a thousand gallons of water per year to use on your lawn, garden, houseplants or even to water livestock.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

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Natural Ways to Deal With Mosquitoes
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Enjoying the outdoors is difficult when you are being eaten alive by pesky mosquitos. These nasty bugs can make yard work harder, a camping trip miserable, and an afternoon hike intolerable. Chemical sprays and repellents are hard on your body and the environment. Here are some natural ways to deal with mosquitoes.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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4 Best Mowers for Your Yard and the Environment
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Lighten up on yard work costs and help the environment out by trying some of these “green” lawn mowers. Not only will you reduce your carbon footprint but you will also improve your health and have a great looking yard. Here are a few environmentally friendly mowers to choose from.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

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How to Build an Outdoor Table From Pallets
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Outdoor furniture is beautiful but can be extremely expensive. A great way to save money and help the environment is to recycle some wooden pallets.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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Organic and Inexpensive Weed Control
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Does your back ache just thinking of bending over to pull weeds? Of course, weeds are an inevitable part of any gardener’s life, but they do not have to become your arch enemy. For many, the battle of the weeds begins in early spring and persists throughout the growing season.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

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Harvesting and Using Raspberries
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Raspberries are a delightful treat that many use to make jams, jellies, desserts, and pies. Store-bought berries are often expensive, and sometimes past their prime. But they are fairly easy to grow, if you have room. Here are some tips for growing your own.

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