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Saturday, August 30, 2014

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Setting up Your Own Japanese Bonsai Garden
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

Looking for a little peace and tranquility? Or maybe a new project? Here are a few tips to help inspire you to create your own tranquil Japanese bonsai garden.

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Identifying Wildflowers: Goldenrod
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many cultivated plants can trace their roots to common roadside wildflowers and gardeners often assume that the wild or native form is simply an escapee from someone's garden. Wildflowers are beloved little treasures that have inspired poets, artists and storytellers from around the world and learning to recognize them and preserving their declining habitat is something all gardeners should aspire to.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

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Minnie and the Thuja Seedlings
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Minnie is my dog and I love her. But when she tries to mess with my plants, I can get very upset and forget how much I love her. Like when she decided to play with my thuja seedlings – what a disaster!

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Blue Ribbon Gardening
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Anyone who has entered garden produce or flowers or plants into a local county fair always hopes for a blue ribbon. Acknowledgment of your time and effort is a nice reward, and cash prizes don’t hurt, sometimes just the bragging rights go a long way. However, if you take your eyes off the prize, you might learn a few things from the judges and other contestants to better your chances at a blue ribbon.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Celebrating the Fruits of our Work as Gardeners
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)



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Old stones and Hydrangea
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Brittany ("Bretagne" in French and "Breizh" in Britton) is the western-most part of France, a place whose name calls to mind several images for the French; rough sea, apple-cider, crępes, erect stones and rainy weather.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Homemade Pond
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

In the 1890s, the Argo family acquired a tract of good farmland in southern Delaware. The land was passed down to the children and then to the grandchildren who in turn granted the deed to the present generation. It is on the Argo family's land that Robert K. Muncy, great-grandson of the original landowner, built a homestead, "Iona". On Bob's homestead is a delightful homemade pond.

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Living Walls out of Pallets
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Where ground space is limited or just for a different approach, these walls of greenery come in various sizes from small wall hangings to massive walls that resemble privacy hedges for the rich and famous.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Poison Oak Appreciation
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

One of my earliest memories comes from when I was around three years old. The house where we lived had Boston ivy planted around it. I asked my dad what that was. He said that it was ivy. I thought to myself, "Ivy = poison ivy = don't touch!" Though my plant indentification skills were not good at that age, my respect for poison ivy was developing. People tend to be fascinated by the enemy, and there are many interesting features about poison oak and poison ivy.

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Franklinia: The Curious Case of the Missing Camellia
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

The Franklin tree (Franklinia altamaha) is at the center of one of history’s most baffling horticultural mysteries. (Cue spooky music.) Not actually a camellia but resembling one, it was discovered growing along the banks of Georgia’s Altamaha River in 1765 by two of the New World’s earliest plant explorers--John and William Bartram.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

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Invasive Japanese Honeysuckle: In Hindsight, Not Such a Good Idea!
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

It is a familiar story: a non-native species is introduced to an area with the best of intentions, to meet a specific need or fulfill a craving for something new and different. Before long, it is thriving beyond all expectation, and the native species in the area begins to suffer.

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Fall Vegetable Beds From Your Compost Heap
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Autumn vegetable beds help extend the bountiful season and lower your grocery bill. If you have a spent summer bed, use your compost heap to give it a boost of nitrogen and carbon plus all the essential nutrients necessary for plum veggies. You will need to know the date of your first average frost to determine exactly when to plant.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Create Your Own Vertical Garden
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

It’s time to think “up” when it comes to your garden. Vertical gardening can offer you the ability to grow more plants in less space and in places you hadn’t considered. Many flowers, fruits and vegetables will grow and thrive on fences, on trellises, on walls and other vertical objects. The results can offer many benefits in terms of added beauty for your garden and added savings for your wallet.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Gardening With Architectural Plants
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

Sometimes a border needs a big bold statement, something to draw the eye. This is where architectural plants come in!

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What's That Bug? Junonia coenia, the Common Buckeye
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners often encounter unique and colorful insects in their gardens. The trick is to know which ones are friends and which ones are foes. This series of articles will help identify some of the most unusual ones and give you a peek into their lives.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

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Hummingbird Magnet: Coronado Hyssop
By Diana Wind (wind)

Have you ever grown Coronado Hyssop? The eye-catching, pale-orange color of this deer-resistant perennial agastache makes it an excellent choice for butterfly, cottage and hummingbird gardens.

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Favorite In-Season Vegetables
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

These are many in-season vegetables you can enjoy during the summer into fall growing season. It is natural and better nutritionally for you to eat fresh in-season vegetables. We have become accustomed to having all vegetables year round in our supermarkets. If you shop at your local farmers market it will be easy to find the vegetables that are local and in-season.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Japanese Maples for Small Gardens
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

Have you always been fascinated with Japanese maples but thought you did not have the room, or that they were too difficult to grow? There are many varieties available to suit just about every garden size and style. See how you can add these graceful beauties to your landscape.

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Compost tea, love it or leave it? You decide
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Does compost tea sound like the best thing since sliced bread to you? Or do you think it's an overhyped fad of organic gardening movement? Either way, you have plenty of company. But if you aren't sure where you stand, keep reading.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Plants: Magic and Mystery
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Thousands of years ago magical and mystical powers were ascribed to certain plants. It is no wonder, since today we still turn to plants for food, shelter, clothing, weapons, and even healing. The magic and mystical beliefs came from the plant's display of vital energy during its growth and seasonal rebirth. We might understand such events today, but there will always be an element of mystery in the first bloom of spring.

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Recycle those Geraniums
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Geraniums are one of the most popular "annual" flowers in the U.S. They make an excellent container plant as well as planted in garden beds. I'm going to show you how to recycle your plants so that you can get many years of beautiful blooms.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Border Stonecrops from the Genus Hylotelephium
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

You probably never heard of Hylotelephium but you certainly are familiar with them! They are the border stonecrops, a group recently split from Sedum. 'Autumn Joy' is perhaps the most well-known but this group is enjoying a surge in the release of new cultivars suitable for nearly any sunny situation. Foliage, flowers, all-season attraction, drought-tolerant, salt-tolerant, butterfly attractant...these plants have it all!

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A Bucket of Apricot Jam
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

What can be more delicious than apricot jam? Maybe cherry or strawberry jam, many of you may say. But for me apricots are the best in any form, whether they are raw, in a cake or jam.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

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Time for the Daves Garden Fifth Annual Pixel County Fair
By Melody Rose (melody)

Autumn is a time of harvest and gardeners the world over show off their produce, livestock and hand-made items in county fairs, harvest festivals, agricultural shows, fetes and exhibitions. We enjoy gathering together to celebrate the years bounty. Join us for the fifth annual Dave's Garden Pixel County Fair a Celebration of Harvest Traditions with a Virtual Twist

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Pollinators in Peril
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Evidence indicates that honeybees and other pollinators are in trouble. Over 75% of the world's crops require pollination, which is an essential ecological function without which the human race and most of the animals and plants that populate the earth could not survive.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

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The Mystique of the Orchid
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

Perhaps more than any other flower the Orchid embodies the mythology of "green-thumb" thinking. Unless you have grown an orchid and know how easy it is, you may hesitate to attempt adding this legendary and ancient beauty to your garden. Well, you shouldn't. Please, let me explain...

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Freezing Corn: Easy as Child's Play
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

I fondly remember an August tradition from my childhood, when much of the family would converge at my grandmother's home in rural Iowa. For an entire week, my cousins and I helped Grandma preserve the daily haul of sweet corn until we had frozen enough corn for all of our families to enjoy throughout the coming year. If you have never frozen your own vegetables, this would be an excellent first project!

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Fun Feature: Follow the Progress of the SimGar Container Gardening System #2
By Melody Rose (melody)

Every now and then I get a chance to test a product and share my findings with the community. This series of three articles will trial the SimGar system. It is a container planting system that uses traditional soil and simple hydroponics to create a gardening system that is self-contained and easy to use. This second installment will focus on how the seeds germinated and how the little plants are growing.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

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Garden Visitor: The Blue Jay
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Few song birds command attention quite like the blue jay. With its handsome blue-gray feathers and striking markings, this fearless, noisy marauder catches both the eye and the ear.

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Outdoor Succulents for Almost Every Climate
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Viewed as strictly desert plants, it seems incongruous that succulents might be at home in climates which get snow and some freezing. However, these plants are stand outs for their tolerance to cooler conditions, with some that will survive winter's harshest weather.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

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White Turtlehead
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

With a name like "turtlehead" a plant must have something positive going for it. Here is the story about a little-known wildflower whose medicinal uses are much older than we are. It is the one plant that is almost exclusively relied upon by the caterpillars of the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly.

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Roscoea: The Hardy Ginger
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

In Herbaceous Perennial Plants, Allan Armitage writes that “Roscoea belongs in the almost-impossible-to-grow-but-I-must-have-one’ group of plants, such as Meconopsis.” Roscoea comes, in fact, from the same part of the world that the blue poppy does—the Himalayas.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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The Allen's Hummingbird
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Allen's hummingbirds spend the summer in coastal California and the extreme southwest of Oregon. While researching for this article, I found out something interesting. The Allen's hummingbirds in my area do not migrate. I knew that but did not know it was not typical for the species. Only the birds on the Channel Islands and adjacent mainland are non-migratory. The rest spend the winter in Mexico.

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Making a Naturally Elevated Berm
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Lasagna gardening is a way of composting sod and producing rich organic growing beds over time. The process is very simple, requiring just some muscle, newspaper and extra soil. Excavating the area is probably the hardest part of the process and it can be made simpler by marking the bed berm borders before you start cutting the sod.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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What Can Bloom in this Heat?
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

A trip to San Antonio Texas taught me a lot of Southwest history, but it left me one burning question - how can anything actually thrive and bloom in this South Texas heat? Here's a "show and tell" about several heat loving, bright-blooming plants that I saw during my visit. Any one is worth trying in your hot zone 8-plus yard or your less-than- zone 8 pots or hanging baskets.

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Weeds: A Curse To All Gardeners
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

No weed is friend to the gardener, but some are worse than others. Three weeds in particular have begun to pose a real threat to plant life in the midwestern US and northern plains states.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

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Hardy and Tropical Pipevines
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

My recent article about wooly pipevine (Aristolochia tomentosa) made no mention of other pipevines. Many more suitable for gardens exist. Here are a few that may fit into your garden plan.

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Plants That Can Take the Heat and Still Look Great
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

Living in Florida was an entirely different gardening experience for me. I needed to find colorful plants for around our pool enclosure and in our courtyard. I also wanted to find low maintenance plants that would come back year after year and not be too expensive.

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