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Dave's Garden Articles: By Toni Leland

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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A Beautiful Tribute to the Harvest
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

When the air turns crisp and the scent of burning leaves fills the air, we prepare for the coming winter by "putting by" food, cleaning up our gardens, and decorating our homes with the bounty.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Did You Know? Fun Facts in the Garden
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Fall is here and quickly on its way out in many parts of the country. Gardens are slipping gently into winter slumber. What's a gardening nut to do? Enjoy the brief respite with some fun facts.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, or, Unfortunate Planting Decisions
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

No matter how long one has been gardening, one can make mistakes. I'm not talking about digging a hole in the wrong place, or too deep, or too shallow, or forgetting to water the flower beds, or over-fertilizing. I'm talking about those impulsive, emotional decisions when it comes to choosing plants for the garden. I have fallen into the trap several times and I'm here to share my experience in the hopes that you, dear reader, will not make these mistakes. (You can probably dream up a few of your very own!)

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

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Peerless Peonies
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Of all the garden blooms that could grace a property, few can compete with the elegance and beauty of the peony. These hardy but magnificent flowers are easy to grow and even easier to enjoy.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Worst Winter Weeds: Hairy Bittercress
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Spring is in the air, little green things are popping up all over, and we all heave a sigh of relief that the blanket of white stuff is finally gone. But beneath the snow that stopped everything in its tracks lurks a hardy, robust little puff of tiny green leaves that virtually grows before your eyes.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Can You Take It With You?
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

In a gardener's life, nothing is sadder than a move which leaves behind cherished plants. In the case of homeowners who've lived in the same place for many years, there may be no choice but to wave goodbye and move on. For those of us who "pick up sticks" every few years, the decision can be a difficult one, especially when we adore every single growing thing on the property!

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

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5 Important Points for Winter Horse Care
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

White stuff all across the country and, in some regions, record low temperatures. We stay inside, or bundle up to brave the elements, but our pets and livestock need some assistance to stay comfortable during bad weather. Horses usually seem not to be bothered by snow and cold weather, but check these five items to be sure your horses will stay healthy and comfortable.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

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O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum! The Holiday's Over--What Now?
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

In 1851, the streets of New York City saw the very first retail Christmas tree lot. Over the decades, the tradition of finding the perfect tree has filled literature and song, but sadly, in our hurry-scurry world today, luxurious pre-lit artificial Christmas trees are beginning to be the norm. I know, the cut live trees are expensive, its often difficult to find a nice one, and they drop needles all over the place. But, oh--they smell so good!

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Friday, November 29, 2013

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Frost Heave: Preparing for Winter
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

With record snow dumped on many parts of the country already this year, those of us in the northern portions of the United States can all be assured that Old Man Winter is on his way. Being prepared for freezing temperatures will help your garden survive damage from the cold and a frequent affliction in late fall and early winter: frost heave.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

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Capturing Autumn's Splendor
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Fall provides a spectacular display in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere. The season is, without a doubt, a favorite of photographers - professional and amateur alike.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

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The Amazing Details of Bird Migration
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Over 10,000 species of birds exist on our planet! Of those, the greatest concentration are in South America, with Europe and North America following in numbers. So where do all these birds go when they migrate? Do they all migrate? The scope of information is far too great for this article, but well talk about some of the more well-known of our feathered friends.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Not Your Everyday Perennials: Giant Fleeceflower and Yellow Wax Bells
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Adventurous gardeners love to experiment, and what better way than to explore some of the lesser-known perennials that don't usually inhabit the local greenhouse. These plants will probably be varieties that you'll need to order (or special order from your local nursery), but the ones covered in this series over the next several articles will bring pleasure and interest to your gardens that will make the search worthwhile. Each article in the series will feature one sun-loving and one shade-loving plant.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

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Summer Soups: Gifts From the Garden
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

The fruits of our labor in the garden provide many delicious treats as the season progresses. One of the best is soup made from fresh, sweet vegetables newly picked and popped into the kettle.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

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Ornamental Grasses: Beautiful and Easy Companions
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Long leaves of green, and tall waving plumes. A beautiful privacy screen, a refreshing wash of greenery, and so easy to maintain. Ornamental grasses are one of the easiest ways to transform a modest bit of property into a lush garden setting.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

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Dwarf Shrubs: Perfect Choices for Many Reasons
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

For many of us, it's not too soon to be thinking about planting shrubs when the ground warms up. For the homeowner with a small piece of land or condo plot, or the gardener who wishes to spend more time enjoying the landscape than pruning it, dwarf shrubs are perfect choices.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

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Got Mulch?
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

No matter where you live, your garden will benefit year-round from properly applied mulch: a layer of organic or inorganic material spread evenly on the surface of the soil. Today's gardeners have a wide variety of mulches from which to choose, but deciding which type to use takes a little research.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Gardening Hazards: Don't Touch That Poison Ivy!
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

In our enthusiastic haste to get out into the garden as spring approaches, we sometimes forget the hidden hazards lurking about our property. Many native plants are poisonous in one way or another; other species have been introduced into temperate zones and have flourished. Knowing what you're dealing with is paramount.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

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Seedless, Burpless, Tearless - What Will They Think of Next?
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

What do all the edibles in the picture have in common?

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Ferreting out Invasive Weeds
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Fall is an excellent time to assess the landscape for those sometimes attractive invasive species that surreptitiously get into our gardens. When most other plants are fading, drooping, and basically dying, these hardy plants become quite visible.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Controlling Moss in the Lawn
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Over 15,000 species of moss grow on this planet. To some, moss is a thing of beauty, frosting the landscape in emerald green. To others, moss is a pest, invading lawns and covering roofs. Whichever opinion you hold, this simple plant is one of the hardiest living organisms known. This article will address moss as an unwelcome addition to the garden.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

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Winter Bloomers Revive the Soul
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Winter in Ohio (Zones 5, 6 and 6a) begins in December and continues through the end of March--sometimes longer in certain years. An array of winter blooming perennials and shrubs helps us get through the dreary, cold days. And in more temperate regions, a greater variety of floral displays helps keep the winter blahs from setting in.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

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Beautiful Blue Sea Holly
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

I love blue, and this interesting member of the Parsley family is one of the easiest blue flowers I know. Drought-resistant and un-fussy about soil types, Sea Holly is a wonderful addition to any perennial garden.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

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Deck the House with Boughs of Holly...and Other Stuff
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

One of my favorite holiday treats is driving through the neighborhoods to see all the wonderful and creative ideas each homeowner uses. I love to decorate outside during the winter holidays, especially using the materials that grow right here in my own landscape or the woods nearby.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Bulb Lovers Unite: A Year of Bloom
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

A famous wise-person named Anonymous once said, "Anyone who has a bulb, has spring." No truer words ever spoken! The beauty of these plants is their ability to produce spectacular displays with not much work on our part. In many parts of the world, it is not too late to position these amazing plants in the garden. Forthwith--a year of bulbs, corms, and rhizomes.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

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Thinking Ahead 102: Planning Now for Fall Color & Winter Interest
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Tired of looking at a dull landscape all winter? Now is the perfect time to plan how you'll change next year's vistas. Early spring months are the ideal time to plant or transplant shrubs and trees while they are still dormant. With several months of warm growing weather, they'll be ready to put on a show for you and your neighborhood, and provide additional safe havens for overwintering birds.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

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Crown Vetch: Use with Caution
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Brought from Europe to North America in the 1950s, crown vetch quickly outlived its welcome. The aggressive plant is fairly attractive, and performs well as ground cover, but use it with care.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

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Weeds We Don't Want: Honeyvine Milkweed
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Most gardeners welcome plants the provide habitat and forage for the birds and butterflies that grace our growing season, but a certain vining perennial is a double-edged sword.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

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Summer-blooming shrubs for non-stop color
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

When the hot, dry days of summer test the tender plants in our gardens, these hardy specimens will keep color in your landscape well into fall.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Not Your Everyday Perennials: Bowman's Root and Silver Thistle
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Adventurous gardeners love to experiment, and what better way than to explore some of the lesser-known perennials that don't usually inhabit the local greenhouse. These plants will probably be varieties that you'll need to order (or special order from your local nursery), but the ones covered in this series over the next several articles will bring pleasure and interest to your gardens that will make the search worthwhile. Each article in the series will feature one sun-loving and one shade-loving plant.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

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Do You Know Your State Insect?
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Believe it or not, most of the 50 states have their own official insect! For the sake of brevity, I'll present the information by insect rather than state. So you see, you'll have to read the whole article to learn the identity of your own state's favorite.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Big Beautiful Butterfly Bushes: A Treat for You and the Critters
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

One of my very favorite shrubs is Buddleia, more commonly known as butterfly bush. This hardy shrub is tolerant of almost any type of environment and care (or lack thereof). To add color and texture to your landscape, consider one or two of the newer cultivars.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

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Not Your Everyday Perennials: Bear's Breeches and Japanese Wood Poppy
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Adventurous gardeners love to experiment, and what better way than to explore some of the lesser-known perennials that don't usually inhabit the local greenhouse. These plants will probably be varieties that you'll need to order (or special order from your local nursery), but the ones covered in this series over the next several articles will bring pleasure and interest to your gardens that will make the search worthwhile. Each article in the series will feature one sun-loving and one shade-loving plant.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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Visitors Without Visas: Japanese Beetles
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

It's mid-June and they ARE coming! Japanese Beetles will begin to emerge during the last week of June and continue through July. Being prepared can save you the disappointment of destroyed shrubs and ornamentals.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

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Add a Touch of the Far East to Your Garden: Pieris japonica
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Dark green leathery leaves and beautiful pendulous flower sprays make Pieris a shade shrub that any gardener will enjoy.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

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What Are Dormant Tubers?
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Some of the most beautiful flowers in our gardens grow from tubers. A tuber is the enlarged portion of an underground stolon. In order to enjoy these plants year after year, we must understand their needs while growing, and care of the dormant tubers during the winter months.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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Managing Elderly Lilacs
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Everyone knows Lilacs, those lush shrubs with sprays of blossoms among heart-shaped leaves--a true heritage plant. With origins in Europe and Asia, Lilacs came to America with the first settlers in New England. In fact, Lilacs at the Governor Wentworth estate in New Hampshire are believed to have been planted around 1750. Hardy and forgiving, these deciduous ornamentals are often the only remaining hint that a field or city lot once supported a home or farm.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Harry Lauder's Walking Stick: An Intriguing Addition to the Garden
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

"I love a lassie, a bonnie Hielan' lassie..." Famous Scottish entertainer Sir Harry Lauder's trademark was a polished walking stick made from Corylus avellana 'contorta'. So popular was the singer and vaudevillian with both the masses and royalty that this unusual shrub was named after him.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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Winter recipes using canned or frozen produce from the garden
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Freezing and canning our garden produce is a sound economic investment, one that helps spare our budget during the dead of winter when fresh produce is expensive. Using our home-grown vegetables and fruits in delicious comfort foods through the cold months also provides us with a nutritious and pleasant experience.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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January is National Oatmeal Month
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Nothing tastes better on a chilly winter morning than a steaming bowl of cooked oatmeal or porridge, dappled with raisins or blueberries, scented with cinnamon, and swimming in cream. Unless it's a chewy, buttery oatmeal cookie hot out of the oven with a glass of cold milk.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

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Visiting Arboreta in Winter: A Delightful Surprise
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Nothing to do, and all winter to do it! Now that the chaos of the holidays is over, hunkering down to wait for spring sounds like a great idea, but this can be a wonderful time to make those day trips to places you never have time for when you're knee-deep in gardening!

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