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Sunday, September 28, 2014

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The Three 'C's' Among Fall-flowering Bulbs: Colchicum, Crocus and Cyclamen
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Does fall get you down? Looking for a way to extend the blooming season? Then try growing fall-blooming bulbs: they can provide color in the garden from September to November!

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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, September 27, 2014

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Colorful Kale: Using Ornamental Kale To Brighten The Fall Landscape
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Kale is a popular vegetable, but it is also a great decorative plant for autumn. It thrives in cooler weather and the foliage lasts for weeks.

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Fun Feature: Follow the Progress of the SimGar Container Gardening System #3
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 third and final installment will show how my cucumbers and squash did and how I'm using the system going into fall.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

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A small story of monarch motherhood
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

What difference can one person make to the numbers of monarch butterflies in the world? The monarch world may never realize what difference we made. But the gardener will know. This story begins with a small effort by one gentle gardener. I will call her Miss M...

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September Sunnies
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Late summer and early fall is the time of "sunnies," when members of the Sunflower family (Asteraceae) shine. Also known as Composites for their flower heads may be a collection of ray and disc flowers, there is a great deal of variety to this group.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Grasses of the Tallgrass Prairie
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

A photo tour of the grasses of a restored tallgrass prairie in Illinois.

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Are Monarchs Just a Memory?
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I think we all can agree that the number of monarch butterflies have been declining. Recently a request was made to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to place the monarch butterfly on the endangered species list. Is this a good move? I recently discussed this with butterfly expert and author Brenda Dziedzic; find out why she and other experts think this is not such a good idea.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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The two faces of Morning Glories
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Morning glories gaze down upon the faces of children and bring smiles of beauty. They also glare at us from their choking hold around the neck of our prized daylily and bring frowns of despair. And there is another even uglier hidden side to this pretty flower. Let me tell you about it.

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How to Choose Apple Trees for the Backyard Garden
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Wouldn't it be wonderful to grow apples right in your own backyard? Apples are one of the most popular fruits, and for good reason. They're tasty, good for fresh eating or baking, and the excess can be transformed into applesauce and other products to preserve and store for the coming winter.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Autumn Comes
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

A quiet morning in early September, crickets chirping, sparrows discussing the weather, the crows back in the woods having their morning kaffeeklatch. The traffic is light and, for the time being, the tractors are all silent while the neighboring farmers finish morning chores and go in to breakfast. There is a general slowing, like a breath drawn in deeply and expelled slowly with a bit of a sigh at the end. Fall is here, starting with just a hint of a chill in the breeze wandering under sunny skies, and a touch of rusty red in the green of the distant wood.

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This Summer's Garden
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Summer has slipped away, but sunny days are still here until cold weather sets in for good. That is why I always want to remember this summer's garden and the pleasant surprises that happened along the way. Here is an account of my garden.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

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Raisins and Raisin Pie
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

One of the world’s oldest sweet treats, the raisin is the dried fruit of the grape. A good source of fiber, iron and certain antioxidants and phytochemicals, raisins are easy to eat out of hand and add delicious texture and flavor to many recipes.

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What's on the Market for Winter Gardeners?
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The bounty of items available today for cool season gardening and for plant protection is simply staggering.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Anemone, the Windflower: Part 3 - The Fall-flowering Species and Hybrids
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

In part 3 of this 3 part series, I will discuss the fall-flowering anemone, commonly called the Japanese anemone. For extending the blooming season in your garden, this group of plants is indispensible as they will often bloom well into October or even November.

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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, September 20, 2014

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Mum's the Word
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

The word chrysanthemum comes to us from the Greek chrysanthos meaning "golden flower": chryso "gold" and anthos "flower." The word was coined by Swedish botanist, Karl Linnaeus, who introduced this flower to the western world. Chrysanthemums are the second most popular flower in the floral industry, next to the rose. They are the quintessential autumn flower and are one of the longest lasting cut flowers.

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Announcing the 2014 Pixel County Fair Winners
By Melody Rose (melody)

Our 2014 Dave's Garden Pixel County Fair was a huge success and we're proud to announce the winners of this year's contest. As always, the entries were great and we hope you'll take the time to congratulate the winners and runners-up.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

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Fothergilla- Lesser-known native shrub with big fall color
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

With gorgeous fall color, Fothergilla (witch-alder) should be more well known to gardeners. This native shrub deserves the spotlight for its fall foliage show. Spring flowers, ease of care, and versatility round out a profile of an excellent candidate for many landscapes. (Did I mention the gorgeous fall color?)

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Hunkering down for winter; what you can do to prepare
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

It's late September or even October. We hear that global climate change is affecting everyone. Winter is long and cold and dreary. How can you make sure you'll be one of those who keeps your cool through the cold weather to come? Follow these nine simple steps.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Calculating the Harvest
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

This year I decided to weigh my vegetable harvest. This is one step in my goal to become more self-sufficient with our food source and improve my vegetable gardening skills and soil building abilities. The idea came from The Path to Freedom, a website that documents an adult family of four and their path to self-sufficiency in Pasadena, California. They weigh their harvest which will help them better estimate the next year's budget – they eat what they grow and sell the excess for income.

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Beginning to Bird
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

This article tells of an activity I took up at the end of last year that continues today, even though I am still a beginner at birding. Birding has become a popular verb in our collective vocabulary, a pastime usually associated with retired folks. However, birding can be fun for all ages due to our natural curiosity with these fascinating creatures.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Hackberry - A tasty treat to many
By Sarah Barksdale (barksy)

A couple of years ago, I was searching for a large shade tree that would appeal to wildlife. The information available suggested Celtis occidentalis (also known as a hackberry or sugarberry). This tree forms a small fruit that birds enjoy so much that supposedly none hit the ground. Other attractive features include small, elm-like leaves and an attractive grayish warty bark. The literature I had rated this tree as quite tough, tolerating even urban street tree environments. I purchased a small specimen and planted it in my back yard. So far no fruit have formed so my tree has not fed any birds. However, many other creatures have been enjoying my tree.

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The Importance of Deadheading
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Deadheading is the removal of dead flowers, fruits, and seed heads. The practice is often done to preserve a cleaner appearance in plants but the results are more impressive.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Let's Trade Some Plants
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

One of the best ways to acquire new plant material or to get rid of excess plants is to conduct a plant exchange or swap. It can be a very simple event or you can get as elaborate as you desire. Here's a photo story of one such event, held in south eastern Michigan on a sunny fall morning.

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Nasturtium - Beautiful and Edible
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

An old plant with an old name, reminding me of old times and especially of my grandmother. But something is new to me about nasturtium: I discovered that it is edible!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

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Adding Fall Color with Ornamental Kale
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

It ís interesting how certain vegetables go in and out of style. Although it is has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years, kale is currently in.

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Identifying and Treating Fire Blight in Pear Trees
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Fire blight is one of the deadliest diseases found in apple and pear trees. It strikes during many phases of the tree's growth and flowering. Outbreaks can occur anywhere but are especially prevalent in the northeastern United States, where periodic outbreaks affect both commercial and backyard orchards.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Bird Lovers, Wake Up and Smell the Shade Coffee!
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

When you purchase coffee, what factors influence your buying decision? Brand recognition? Flavor? Price? Saving migratory Songbird habitats? Learn how drinking coffee grown in the shade gives rise to a sunny outlook for native and migratory birds in Latin America.

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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, September 13, 2014

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Unusual and Bizarre Plants - Welwitschia mirabilis
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Some plants have unusual or strange flowers, while others have interesting leaf shapes or branching patterns. This plant, however, is bizarre and strange all around, practically exuding paradoxical characteristics. Read on to discover more about a plant that could win the title, "most likely to have originated on another planet . . ."

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Easy Refrigerator Pickles from Extra Produce
By Melody Rose (melody)

Sometimes extra produce seems to materialize overnight and rather than going through the time consuming process of canning, it might be easier to make some tasty refrigerator pickles. This works really well for a quick relish tray, or simply an unusual sandwich garnish.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

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Creepy Crickets: What Gardeners Need to Know About Camel Crickets, Mole Crickets, Mormon Crickets and Jerusalem Crickets
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Field crickets are well-known to most gardeners. But charming field crickets have some creepy cousins. Most of us will eventually encounter one of these odd insects. Here's what you'll need to know when destiny brings you face to face with a "creepy cricket."

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Revisiting Le Jardin des Plantes de Nantes
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Today we going to enjoy another garden, this time in Brittany. The city of Nantes lays some 340km west of Paris, on the shore of the large river Loire, some 50km from the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the main cities of Brittany where I happened to wander around this summer.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Vermicomposting: Worm Composting Indoors, Part One
By Andrew Aitkens (andycdn)

Does a worm make you squirm? How about a few hundred of them living under your kitchen sink? That's just part of the fun of indoor composting with worms. Vermicomposting is an easy way to turn kitchen scraps into rich compost for your garden or containers. Using only vegetable matter, it's as organic as what you put into the bin and reduces the amount of garbage going to landfill sites. Your plants will thank you. And it's a great project for the kids!

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Cryptanthus - Dividing and Growing
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

For a couple of years I grew a small Cryptanthus (earth star, crypt for short) under a glass cloche for its decorative appeal in my brightly lit Florida room. I lifted the cover if condensation formed inside the cloche, but generally the crypt was left under the glass cover for extended periods of time. Gradually the plant grew until it could no longer fit in its place. Several pups were vying for space, so I knew the time had come to divide it.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Canola: Where Does it Come From?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Canola oil has been sold in the U.S. since 1986. Some people call it "the healthiest oil." Others say, "olive oil comes from olives and peanut oil from peanuts. Does canola oil come from canolas?" Read on.

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Why I Love Mums
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Once September rolls around, I enjoy refreshing the color in my garden with a few new pots of fall mums. The cheerful blooms remind me of the cooler, crisper weather to come and of the beauty autumn has to offer.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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The Pomegranate - Healthy, Historical and Heavenly in Cooking
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

The Pomegranate, Punica granatum, is one of the oldest fruits known. It is also one of the healthiest foods on earth. These little ruby red seeds called arils are bursting with flavor, vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber. Don't be intimidated by their gorgeous outer husks. A deep bowl or sink of water makes quick work of separating membrane from aril as these glossy little gems rise to the top. They rise to the top in cooking too!

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Lessons from an Arborist
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Every decade or so, take time to reassess your trees and shrubs. As autumn leaves fall, the bare "bones" of your landscaping will emerge. Take advantage of this opportunity to see the structure of your landscape clearly. Consulting an arborist will help you find the courage, knowledge, and manpower to make needed changes.

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