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Friday, October 31, 2014

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Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Why do trees turn colors in the fall? Why do the colors look brighter some years than in others? Learn why some trees change colors and lose their leaves.

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The Corpse Plant
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Special for Halloween, a ghostly parasitic plant

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Snowdrops: Signs of the New Blooming Season
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

For many gardeners, the first blooming snowdrops mark the beginning of the new flowering season. If you don't grow these charming bulbs, then this article will hopefully entice you to try them.

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Savings Without Insanity: Organizing Successful Group Buys
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Buying in bulk saves bucks, and buying wholesale saves even more. How can small-scale gardeners enjoy large-scale savings? Organize a group buy!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Pine O' Mine
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

A tiny pine tree took root next to my mother-in-law's shed and established itself in a tight place where it would not thrive. When she pointed it out to me, the cute little stick with green needles was about 15 inches tall. That was in 1999.

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Everything's Coming up Mums
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Mum's the word - Chrysanthemums that is. Don't despair that summer is coming to an end. Get even by adding these fall flowering beauties to your landscape.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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The Story of the Jack O'Lantern
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

You see them each year, you carve them, and maybe you even grow pumpkins just for this special purpose but do you know the history of this common and culturally significant icon? Read on to find out the history behind the cherished fall icon.

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Daisies in Winter
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

The idea of daisies that grow on trees during winter sounds like something a wistful gardener would dream up after smoking the wrong plant! Those daisy trees do exist, however, though they flourish only in areas with what we northerners would consider wimpy winters--namely USDA zones 9 through 11.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

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Loran Whitelock, the Cycad King
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Most readers may have no idea who Loran Whitelock was, and unless they were involved in collecting, selling and/or growing rare tropical plants. That would not be anything to feel bad about. But Loran was truly a botanical legend (a living one until this year) and was much admired by thousands of "oddball plant" collectors throughout the world.

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Why Fall is the Best Time of Year
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

It is always such a relief when the fall weather begins and for many reasons it has become my favorite time of the year.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

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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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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, October 25, 2014

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Lost Heritage: The Southern Seed Legacy – heirloom crops of the South rediscovered!
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

Sometimes a grassroots movement is all it takes to create a lasting legacy.

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Cotton: A Globally Important Plant
By Melody Rose (melody)

One of the most important plants in human history isn't an edible, however it has influenced civilization for thousands of years. Cotton has played an important role in many cultures and is still an economic asset even today.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

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Eat your greens! Dandelions are a dandy way to get super nutrition in a variety of tasty ways..
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

These aren't your local yard variety of dandelion, although many a spring morning as a child in rural Indiana were spent gathering dandelion greens for supper. Of course, my parents with 9 kids had no thought of a weed free lawn so chemicals weren't even a thought.....it was just head on out and gather greens for supper!

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Growing Geraniums Indoors
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Don't let frost kill your favorite geraniums. Instead, use these simple tips to keep geraniums indoors during the winter, and get a head start on your spring garden.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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The Catalpa Tree
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

You either hate the catalpa or you love it, there is very little room for any other sentiment. No matter which side of the fence you lean toward, you might change your mind after reading this article.

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Ten Texas Native and Wild Plants
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Texas is an interesting state filled with beautiful plants. Ten of these plants are listed here but there are thousands more in the hills and valleys of Texas just waiting to be rediscovered.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Days and Nites up Trees
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Readers accustomed to my writings already know I spend a lot of time up in trees but this one article will take you up with me even to sleep all night at twelve to fifteen meters above ground level...

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The Best Trees and Shrubs to Plant for Fall Color
By Susan Beal (SBeal)

Adding fall color to your own property isn't hard to do, and if you choose the right trees and shrubs for your growing zone, you'll be able to enjoy an abundance of spectacular colors that will rival even the most renowned places in the country for fall foliage, and the best part is the minimal maintenance required to grow these things.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Cogongrass in the Southeastern United States: Looks can be deceiving
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

The grass is not always greener on the other side. Cogongrass is a good example of how non-native plants can take over the landscape, disrupt our fragile ecosystem and take years to eradicate. This is one more reason why we should plant native alternatives instead.

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Superstitions In the Garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I love my plants and I wouldn't want them to die suddenly, for some mysterious reason. Yet, this happens all the time, even to the best of gardeners. Some might say it was someone's evil eye, but I say it was just a black thumb gardener.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

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Growing Scotch Bonnet Peppers
By Diana Wind (wind)

You don’t have to live in Jamaica to grow Scotch Bonnet hot peppers. They grow easily in US backyard and community gardens too. Scotch Bonnets make a delicious and nutritious addition to spice up healthy meals.

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Using Squash and Gourds to Create Natural Decorations
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

If you want to add a little fall flair to your home decor, there is no need to spend a ton of money on pre made decorations. Autumn provides us with many natural options to add texture and interest to your home. Look to nature's bounty for your next decorating project.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

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Growing great hardshell gourds
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Bottle, kettle, apple, swan; the descriptive names of hardshell gourds tell you this is a fun crop. And, unlike colorful thin shelled gourds which brighten fall displays and soon wither away, hardshell gourds will dry to a permanent and very craftable wooden form. I'd like to give you the basics on growing the best hardshell gourds for crafting fun.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Daves 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, October 18, 2014

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Seven Year Itch
By Lori Geistlinger (McGlory)

My gardening friend, Susan, said it only took her seven years to get rid of her lawn altogether, filling it instead with scrumptious daylilies, irises, and morning glories. On a garden tour last year, one of the hosts said it only took her seven years to amass the luxurious garden that once was a mere yard. I want a garden with no lawn. I itch for one. I’m willing to work at it for seven years. But only seven.

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What's That Bug? Harmonia axyridis, the Asian Ladybeetle
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, October 17, 2014

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Rain chains, decorative alternative to downspouts
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Rain chains are hundreds of years old, and one of the newest trends in jazzing up the home landscape. Pretty and practical combined, they can be purchased or crafted at home from a variety of materials. See if a rain chain might fit your home landscape needs.

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Which Pumpkin Varieties are Best for Cooking
By Melissa Taylor (MelissaT)

Are you sure you know what variety of pumpkin makes the best pie?

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Monkshood - A Deadly Beauty!
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

One of the first perennials grown as a garden ornamental were the monkshood. Hundreds of years later they still remain popular. Today there are more than just the standard blue species. Now you can get white, pale blue, various shades of pink and even yellow. However, gardeners beware! This plant has a deadly side....it is among the most toxic plants out there! Read more about this fascinating genus of plants.

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Prunes or Dried Plums: By Any Name, A Healthy Treat
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

In an attempt to shrug off the negative connotations of the name “prune”, this dried fruit has undergone something of a public relations makeover during the last decade or so. Now marketed as “dried plums”, the product is touted as a nutrient- and fiber-rich addition to a healthful diet.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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The Eastern Glass Lizard
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Not long ago my garden club board of directors met at my house. As soon as the meeting was over, the group exited the house and entered the garden as we always do when the business of the day is finished. We find that peoples' gardens are as unique and varied as the people are.

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Tips for Overwintering Tender Plants
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

The autumnal equinox does not signal the end of summer in the gardening world. Nope, not even the last of harvest of your tomatoes and peppers signifies the end of a great growing season. What is the mysterious tale-tell sign that marks the end of fall? The answer sits on your front porch.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Native Asters in South Western New York (and the rest of the northeast)
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

September roadsides in western New York are a riot of purples, blues and whites of the native Asters. Their bright blooms are one of the joys in the changing season.

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Some of the Nation's Best Pumpkin Patches
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

It's October, and that cooler nip in the air can only mean one thing for many of us this time of year - pumpkins!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

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Trumpeting the Virtues of Allamanda
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

As I briefly mentioned in a previous article, one of my blooming-est plants is a yellow bush allamanda, probably A. neriifolia. It flowers for most of the year, except during the times after I have just whacked it back. Such pruning is necessary when the plant stays under a fluorescent grow light for at least seven months of the year.

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Getting the Most out of Your Squash and Gourds
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Most of us have eaten some form of squash. From roasted acorn squash to butternut squash soup, the culinary applications for these fruits are boundless. You can also use dried gourds as birdhouses, cups, musical instruments and more.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

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Full Moon Names of the Native Americans
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

When colonists settled and began farming in North America, they adopted the full moon names of the Algonquian tribes who lived throughout New England to Lake Superior. These moon names, and numerous others used by many other Native American tribes, are poetically descriptive and evocative of the seasons and of nature’s gifts. They also reflect the sometimes harsh climate of the North American continent, and the traditions and ways of life of its first people.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Daves 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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