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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Wildflowers in Late Summer
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

Not all wildflowers bloom in spring. A walk along our little creek in mid August will reveal a host of beautiful late summer blooms.

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Restore That Old Cast Iron Cookware, Using Ingredients You Probably Already Have!
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

With all the concern about chemicals leaching from non-stick cooking surfaces into our food, there has been a resurgence of interest in cooking in cast iron pans. Many people have remembered the old cast iron cookware stashed somewhere in their basement or attic, perhaps handed down from their parents or grandparents, and gazed in dismay at the results of neglect. Don't give up on that rusty, crusty pan! You can restore it, using ingredients that most gardeners and cooks keep on hand in the pantry!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Garden Visitor: The Red-Winged Blackbird
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

With his distinctive markings, the male red-winged blackbird is instantly recognizable. He calls attention to himself, not only by showing off his bright epaulets, but through his ostentatious behavior and constant song.

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Easy Ways to Maintain Outdoor Wood Furniture
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Outdoor wood furniture can bring a natural sense of beauty, style, and grace to any outdoor space. It blends seamlessly with surrounding landscapes and ages beautifully over time.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Sweet corn: pass the floss, please....
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

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Repurposing Items for the Garden: Old Tires
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

There are many items in the yard that once had a purpose but then were discarded. What to do with them? How about "repurposing" them for a little rejuvenation of the landscape...just for the fun of it!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

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We Make a Garden
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

How many of us have an opportunity to make a garden from scratch – to turn a blighted piece of earth into a paradise for pollinators? My garden club had such an opportunity, and it has been very rewarding.

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Finding U-Pick Farms in Your Area: Just a Few Clicks Away
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Summertime and the picking is easy (apologies to George Gershwin). Berries, cukes, beans, you name it, but where to go? You might get a recommendation from a friend or pass a farm on a country drive, but why not make it easier to search?

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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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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, July 19, 2014

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Two problems, one solution: Houseplants fill your outside containers for summer
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Houseplants galore going on "summer vacation" outside. Empty pots stacked to the shed rafters. Let the twain meet, and use your tropicals and winter indoor plants to help fill those special containers in your garden or on your deck.

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Fun Feature: Follow the Progress of the SimGar Container Gardening System
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 first installment will focus on assembling, filling and planting the unit.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

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The Anse des Cascades: Waterfall Coves
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Should I translate the title for you? All right, we are strolling today through the "waterfalls cove," a very nice spot on Reunion where I happened to spend a few days recently.

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Natural Bug Repellents That Are Safe for Your Family
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Just when summer is in full swing, and you need to – and want to – spend more time in your garden, you can get sidetracked by bugs. As a gardener, you’ve probably done your homework on how to keep pests away from your plants, but what about keeping them away from you?

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Helenium, Nothing to Sneeze At!!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Named for Helen of Troy, this perennial creates some much needed WOW factor in the fall garden. Native to North America, Helenium is often overlooked. Let's try to change that, shall we?

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Nodding Anemonopsis
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

It has been my experience that most shade perennials--such as bleeding hearts, lily of the valley, and columbines--bloom in spring. So I was delighted to come across the more unusual false anemone (Anemonopsis macrophylla), which can brighten those shadowy places from midsummer to early autumn instead.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Summer Flowers and Planting Projects
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Summer is in full swing, and with it, flower gardening. Here is an account of two types of easy flowers that I chose to work on this year.

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Berries, Berries, and More Berries!
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

A berry is any fruit that is produced from a single ovary. They are characterized by having the entire ovary ripen into an edible interior or pericarp. As a rule they are juicy and full of flavor. Some foods that are berries are surprising, such as avocados. Not all berries are edible as in the case of the deadly berries on nightshade. Know your fruit when wild picking to avoid any unpleasant incidents.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Penstemon: An introduction to species and cultivars
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Penstemon is a wonderful native American genus of wildly varied, flowering perennials. This is a little known genus of vast proportions that would be hard to comprehend in one sitting, maybe even one lifetime. From dwarf ground covers to tall shrubs, xeriscaping to consistent moisture, Penstemons run the gamut of diversity. Here is a brief overview of this wonderful wildflower, straight from a Lay gardener's research journal.

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Bugleweed: Ajuga
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Bugleweed is another plant that made its way around the mountainside in southeast KY. It was used as a medicinal plant, but it also served as a nice comfy mat for napping, or reading, or just watching the clouds roll by overhead. It also lined the floor of my hideout.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

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Japanese Barberry Linked to Lyme Disease: What Gardeners Need to Know
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

New human cases of Lyme disease number 20,000 to 30,000 each year in the US. Lyme is not decreasing, despite our understanding major factors of transmission since 1981. A study by University of Connecticut has shown a link between thickets of nonnative invasive Berberis and increased risk of Lyme disease. Scientists in Maine find that various nonnative invasive species create a thick underbrush loaded with infected mice. Gardeners should know about these recent findings concerning Japanese barberry and other nonnative invasive plants plaguing northeastern forests.

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Chemical-Free Ways to Deal With Invasive Weeds
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Weeds are inevitable, but sometimes they get completely out of control. When this happens, weeds steal nutrients in the soil, choking the life from other surrounding plants. The sooner you deal with invasive weeds the more likely you’ll be able to control them and save nearby plants.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

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Compost confessions: How low can I go?
By Summer Walla (summerkid)

A few months ago, I wrote about my sloppy, laissez-faire, super-easy composting methods. But in the ensuing two seasons, I've "refined" my approach (Read: I'm now even sloppier & laissez-fairer.).

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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, July 12, 2014

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Green bean soup: a summer delight that cooks in a snap
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Whether you grow bush beans or pole beans in your garden, seek out snap beans at a local farmers market, or luck into a fresh delivery of green beans at the grocery store, these slender veggies are a favorite summer treat. Read on for more about growing, harvesting, and preparing these garden-fresh delights…

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How to Freeze and Preserve Sweet Corn
By Melody Rose (melody)

Summer's bounty is upon us and learning to preserve our fresh fruits and vegetables is a healthy and economical way to enjoy our hard work. Often gardeners give away excess, or roadside stands appear offering garden fresh produce. Corn is easy to put by for the winter and you don't have to own any special equipment to take advantage of the harvest.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

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California Bay or Oregon Myrtle: Umbellularia californica
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Though the home range of Umbellularia californica is not particularly large, the plant is known by many common names, including California bay, bay laurel, pepperwood, and Oregon myrtle. This tree is native to the coast of California, southwest Oregon, and the lower western slopes of the Sierra Nevada. It is often found in forests and woodlands with other trees such as coast live oak and coast redwood.

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Planting Butterfly Host Plants
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Growing a butterfly garden often includes a variety of nectar plants such as zinnia, pentsemon, scabiosa, zinnia, milkweeds, coneflower and many others. There is nothing sweeter than watching flitting and floating butterflies cruising through the garden. These flowering plants provide food for the adult butterflies, but what about the caterpillar stages?

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Frozen Berry Treat
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

Did you freeze those plump, delicious berries from the garden this year? Perhaps you have last year's frozen berries yet hanging around in the freezer. This quick berry recipe is great for desert, breakfast or anytime you are craving berries. It begins with a medley of frozen berries. It ends with an empty plate and your family crying out for more.

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This Season’s Fruit: Citrus
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

It is Austral winter again in the Southern hemisphere which means cooler weather, shorter days, less rains and colorful Citrus fruits on market stalls. Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, shaddocks and Kaffir limes, let us have a good dose of Vitamin C!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Monarda: Fireworks in the Garden
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

With leaves redolent of mint and long-blooming flowers in jewel-like shades, monarda refreshes the senses throughout the high days of summer. Resembling tiny explosions of color, the nectar-rich blossoms are irresistible to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

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Homemade Bug Juice
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Nothing ruins an outing quite like the stinging, biting, swarming hordes of insects at your BBQ, camping trip or weenie roast. The solution used to be chemical sprays with acrid dangerous fumes and stinging formulas. The last thing you want around your food, pets and children is toxic chemicals that can be harmful to health and you don't want to walk around covered in mosquito netting. Many items that are in the household and garden make excellent deterrents and don't pollute your environment.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Raspberries!!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

The Raspberry. Everybody knows Raspberries. Those big, fat, juicy red ones in the garden, or the ones in the stores they want an arm and leg for. Don't forget wild Raspberries the next time you crave them.

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Special Exhibits Division of a Standard Flower Show
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Standard Flower Shows have three possible divisions: Horticulture, Design, and Special Exhibits. The Horticulture Division and the Design Division are required. The Special Exhibits Division, however, is optional, and may include a wide range of exhibits that add interest to the show.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

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Peculiar Pocketbook Flower
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Do you remember the little leather change purses with snap clasps at the top that our grandmothers or great-aunts used to carry? The shape of calceolaria or pocketbook flowers reminds me of the semi-circular appearance of those pouches.

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Fertilizers - Synthetic or Natural?
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

Everyone knows plants need nutrients. But the question isn't just how much they need. It's also a matter of what kind of fertilizer you want to use. Synthetic? Or natural?

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

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Excessive Roses
By Melva Wheeler (melvatoo)

About ten years ago a friend and I were bitten by the rose bug. There is no cure; it just gets worse and worse.

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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, July 5, 2014

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Raising Butterflies — Member Methods
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

What's growing in your garden? Many plants and trees in the garden play host to butterfly larva, or caterpillars. These (sometimes not so) cute critters happily gobble host plants until they are ready to transform into a butterfly. Why not encourage them to do so in your yard by planting host plants and raising the caterpillars yourself? Here's a brief primer on raising caterpillars.

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Rose Rosette, Killer With A Double-Edged Sword
By Melody Rose (melody)

There's a killer loose in the garden. It's silent and invisible, with superpowers that overwhelm any rose it infects.

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