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Sunday, March 29, 2015

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100 Years of Bloom: The National Cherry Blossom Festival
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Washington D.C.’s National Cherry Blossom Festival attracts over one million visitors annually. Although festival goers can find plenty of activities, the real attraction is a natural party of sorts -- thousands of cherry trees putting forth their magnificent pink and white springtime display. The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of a floral show celebrating an enduring international friendship.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies 03/29/15
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, March 28, 2015

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Cool Climate Gardening: When to start vegetable seeds
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Starting a vegetable garden from seed is a huge undertaking even in warm, hospitable climates. In cooler areas such as Zone 5 and 6 gardens, this can be an even bigger challenge to fight with Mother Nature’s unpredictable last freezes and cool ground temperatures. Use this guide to help you know how to plan and prepare for your veggie starting this year.

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Weather May Say Winter - But Birds Say Spring!
By (wild_birdie)

Easy, inexpensive ideas for enticing birds during nesting season

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Friday, March 27, 2015

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The Invaders: Rudbeckia
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

I used to be innocent. I used to be trusting. When a neighbor said, "Would you like some of these black-eyed Susans?" I never hesitated to plant them in my own garden. Now, being wiser and more disillusioned, I understand the universal truth: that when a gardener has large amounts of a plant she is eager to give away, there is usually a reason.

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Mother's Day or Later
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

When is it safe to plant? In my garden, Mother's Day is a safe bet for avoiding late season frosts. What about your garden?

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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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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Poets and Plants: Wordsworth's "Daffodils"
By Amber Royer (dandylyon85)

Many poets include botanical imagery in their works. One of my favorite poets, William Wordsworth, a romantic poet who lived from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s), allowed botany and nature to play a large part in his work. One of his poem stars one of my favorite flowers – the humble daffodil.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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We (Still) Got the Beet
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Awhile back here on Dave’s Garden, in an article titled “We Got the Beet,” I provided a brief overview of how to grow beets (Beta vulgaris), one of the most beautiful, healthful and easy vegetables there is. Beets have received some interesting publicity since then, so it’s time to share more details on this wonderful cool season crop.

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Native Perennials from Seed: Echinacea
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

"Plant more native species!" Most gardening books, magazines and websites encourage gardeners to plant more native species in the landscape - and for good reasons.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Cornflower Blue
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Ahhh, the cornflowers. I can never have enough of them. No matter how down and out we find ourselves, one look at these soothingly blue flowers will make us smile right out loud. Here is another story straight from my childhood, all about blue cornflowers. By the way, have you started your seeds yet?

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Plan your most nutritious garden ever
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Tilling, planting, watering, weeding, mulching, harvesting, cleaning... home grown produce requires a certain amount of dedicated effort. Shouldn't you get the most nutrition possible from your labor? As you plan the vegetable garden, make choices that maximize nutrition for the time and money you spend on your garden.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

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The History of the Mason Jar
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I think most of us have used them or at least know someone who has. Have you ever thought about how this versatile device revolutionized home food preservation?

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Hot Seeds for Cool Climate Gardens
By Gemma Alexander (G_Alexander)

Pacific Northwest gardeners have the luxury of vegetable gardening year-round, but many of summer's most iconic vegetables don't get enough heat to thrive here. Which varieties can handle our chilly weather?

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Grow Veggies Without a Veggie Garden
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Contrary to popular opinion, vegetables do not need their very own garden. If you have gardens, you have room for veggies!!

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies 03/22/15
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, March 21, 2015

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It's Time ...
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

We're in the home stretch for the coming of spring. Regardless of what the groundhog said and whether March comes in like a lamb or in like a lion, spring is definitely on the way. And so, it's time.

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Join our 2015 Grow-Along Challenge: Squash Wars Update
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners are always known for friendly competition. Whether it is the first (or biggest) tomato in the neighborhood, the prettiest roses or the lushest hostas, we all take pride in our accomplishments. Dave's Garden is no different. We enjoy the various Photo Contests and the Write Off every year and so we decided to add another fun feature to the mix with our Grow-Along Challenge.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

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The Standard Flower Show - Troughs
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

National Garden Clubs recognizes four types of combination plantings that can be entered into Standard Flower Shows: planter, terrarium, dish garden, and trough. The first three have been discussed on this website, but the trough is a recent addition and is the topic of this article.

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Rocks to the Rescue
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

There are many ways to use rocks in the landscape either as construction material or simply decorative detail.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Gardening for Cats: Lessons I learned from my Four Frisky Felines
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

I have always loved to garden, however, I have not always loved cats. Our first cat came when a pregnant female abandoned her kitten in our crawl space. It was April, and it was the first year of our grass-less front garden. I was eager to get out there and plant, so I toted my 3 week old adoptee in a 5 gallon bucket – and she began to teach me how cats garden!

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Discovering Tai Pei
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Welcome back, traveler friends, we have left Hong-Kong and now land in Tai-Pei, let us see what awaits us there!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Basil, the King of Herbs
By Diana Wind (wind)

BASIL (Ocimum basilicum) is derived from the Greek word 'basileus', which means King. Is basil the best herb (i.e., King) or was basil fit for Kings, since it is supposed to offer protection from the mythological half-lizard/half-dragon of death? I cannot tell you those answers; maybe you can tell me. What I can share with you is my love for the many varieties of basil, along with the nutrition profile and popular culinary uses for sweet basil.

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How to Grow Sweet Potatoes
By Mark Wolfe (M_Wolfe)

Have you dreamt of growing your own superfoods? You do not need anything special to grow one super, healthy tuber in particular.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Wood Sorrel: Lucky Shamrock
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I spent half my life looking for shamrocks. Not four leafed clovers, mind you, but shamrocks. I was taught they were lucky, they would keep snakes away, and they were the plant of my Irish/Celt ancestors. Of course everything I ever did was blamed on ancestors, but I am sure if the truth be known, my genetic structure is linked to every tribe and clan that ever existed.

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Bloodroot: A Welcome Sign of Spring
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

An April walk down a woodland path may reward you with a glimpse of the large white blossoms of Sanguinaria canadensis. Commonly called “bloodroot” for the reddish-orange liquid that oozes from its stem and root, this perennial wildflower is one of the earliest spring bloomers to emerge from the leaf litter of the forest floor.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

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Hermannias: Honeybells and Doll Roses
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Like the flowering maples in my previous article, honeybells (Hermannia spp.) are bell-shaped members of the mallow family. However, most of them originated in Africa, making them much better adapted to hot, dry conditions than abutilons are.

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Forcing Bulbs for the Windowsill
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Growing flowering bulbs indoors provides some color anytime during the year.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

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What's in a Name? The Importance of Knowing and Using Latin Names for Plants
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

What’s in a name? Does it really matter if we know the scientific names of plants? Can’t we just call them what we’ve called them for years? Sometimes, common names can create confusion. Latin names make it easier to communicate and exchange information, and using them can prevent costly mistakes.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies 03/15/15
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, March 14, 2015

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The Art of Growing Flower Bulbs
By (DanielClark)

Flowering bulbs are the most beautiful plants which can be grown in the garden. When properly handled, these bulbs can reward the gardener with beautiful and dazzling displays.

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The Garden Watchdog Top 5 Awards for the 2014 Season
By Melody Rose (melody)

Award show season is here We have the Golden Globes, Oscars and Grammy Awards, but did you know that Dave's Garden has awards too? Each year we announce the Top 5 companies in each Garden Watchdog category. The vendors anxiously await the results and a Top 5 badge is as coveted as any golden statue. This article spotlights the best of our best and we hope you'll take the time to check out these great vendors.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

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Primrose versus pansy; my March madness
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Primroses and pansies-- both are offered at just about every nursery or garden center in March. They each have their charms, but slightly different needs. With a little basic information you can choose the right one for your spring garden. Let's see how these contenders stack up.

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Upcycling Nature's Leftovers
By Gemma Alexander (G_Alexander)

You don't have to be a crafty DIY type to reuse garden debris in these simple outdoor projects.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Back to Basics Composting
By Kathy LaLiberte, Gardener's Supply (KathyL)

Over the past decade or so, compost-making has become a serious endeavor.

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Fiddleheads!!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Fiddleheads, one of the first forest delicacies to emerge in the spring. As soon as we started thinking Mothers Day, Dad would pile us kids into his truck and we would scan our favourite swamps, looking for signs of the newly emerging fronds.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Gardens of New Orleans
By Diana Wind (wind)

Thoughts of New Orleans and its famous Mardi Gras Carnival bring to mind images of a party, masks, fun, drinks and food. I'd like to add to your vision…gorgeous trees and gardens! This article brings you a snapshot of some of the gardens and plants located among the great restaurants and attractions of New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA).

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DIY Garden Bed Edging
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Quick! What's one way you can add a bit of flair and a sense of order to your garden at the same time?

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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The Chocolate Mimosa
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

When I first glimpsed one of these spectacular trees for sale at my local nursery I was sure it was some sort of gimmick and too good to be true. Usually when something that different and attractive is offered, it means I will quickly be adding it to my long list of dead plants. It turned out to be a good buy after all, and I have yet to regret my purchase. The following is a brief discussion of this amazing relatively new tree available for landscaping all over the southern U.S.

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It's Not Winter Without a Snowman!
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Building a snowman is a must, even if it is in March, and not in the middle of winter. Some winters I just keep forgetting to build a snowman, getting carried away by other chores or chased inside by the bad weather. But when I see the snow is starting to thaw more every day, I leave all other chores and build a snowman just for me.

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