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Friday, January 30, 2015

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Strawbale Gardening: Why and How
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Today I would like to share one of my favorite methods of growing plants: in partially decomposed bales of straw!

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Adding a Nest Box to Your Backyard
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Installing a nest box for birds in your backyard is a great way to provide alternative housing for these feathered friends.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Frogs in Flower Arranging - What's the Point?
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)



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Warm up with a Delicious Dumplings Soup
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Winter is almost finished, but warm days are still far off. There is nothing better than a hot soup to warm up after shoveling snow or coming home from work or school, shivering from the cold.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Venezuelan Beauties
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Being fond of exotic plants, I like to snoop through other nationsí flora to find flowers or trees which are new to me. Because Venezuela includes tropical, subtropical, mountain and high mountain zones, it is home to over 20,000 plant species. They range from tree-hugging orchids in the rainforest to alpine species shivering on chilly peaks.

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Best Growing Techniques for Gardens During the Winter
By April Dowling (ADowling)

What do you do when the winter weather is weird? Here are some things you can do even when the weather isn't conducive to gardening.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Daffodils
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

It's almost time to order and plant bulbs to bloom in your garden next spring. Daffodils grow at historic sites throughout the south, long after the gardeners who planted them are gone. Here I will discuss daffodils and how and why to plant them.

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Geraniums In My Window
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

What would be a window without a geranium during the long winter? Perhaps just a cold window with icicles hanging above. But when the geranium leaves are showing through the window, the house looks warm and cozy. Those of you who are living in warm zones might not understand, but those in the north, where it's already freezing, will know what I am talking about.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

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Waiting for Spring
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Sometimes there is a lull in the fierce cold of winter, and at those times it seems as if nature needs very little prodding to burst into bloom. However, most of the time, one cold week stacks up upon another as we gardeners dream of springtime. We make the best of it in various ways as we wait for spring.

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Invite More Bird Species to Your Feeders
By Mark Wolfe (M_Wolfe)

Have you wondered why you only get a few house sparrows and starlings at your bird feeders? If you want to invite a greater diversity of bird species to your feeders, a few simple adjustments may be in order.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Snowdrop - The First Sign of Spring
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I've always wanted to have my own snowdrops in my garden. Just seeing this beautiful, tiny flower popping up from under the snow brings me hope that spring is coming--its purity and spring scent always brings joy to my heart. I was surprised when a friend didn't know what a snowdrop looked like! That's when I decided to write about this plant that brings joy to northern "peeps" each spring!

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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, January 24, 2015

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Introducing Bob, Master Gardener
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

In an effort to keep from getting too serious all the time, Bob, a Master Gardener (self proclaimed) shares his wisdom after many years making the same mistakes over and over again.

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The Honey Bee: Its History and Importance to Our Lives and Our Gardens
By Melody Rose (melody)

If you eat a piece of fruit today, thank a honey bee. Chances are, the bee was directly responsible for its pollination. Honey bees not only produce honey, but are an important agricultural asset as well.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

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The gardener's variation on counting sheep
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Everyone knows that counting sheep helps you fall asleep. Not being all that familiar with sheep, I counted plants instead.

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The Colorful History of Seed Catalogs
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Seed catalogs not only provide a bright spot in winter for the gardener, but they also offer a colorful glimpse into the past.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Aroids of the imagination V - Cryptic Flowers, Hidden Foliage
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Sometimes things are not as they seem, and especially so in the natural world. Camouflage and mimicry abound in the insect world. For example, flies that look like bees, butterflies appearing as wasps, and caterpillars that resemble animal guano rely on these visual illusions to evade predators. On Aroidia, however, the swapping of roles in structure and function is for filling niches with abundant diversity, and not a necessity for survival. . .

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Heirloom Tomatoes: Open Pollinated or Hybrid
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

One of the latest debates in vegetable gardening is the heirloom: open pollinated vs the hybrid tomato. I will explain the differences with the pros and cons of each.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Mexican Oregano - A Dependable Perennial
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

A member of the Lamiaceae or mint family, Mexican oregano has grown in my Zone 8b garden for about 20 years. During that time, it has proven itself to be a long-lived, high performing perennial.

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Crowsfoot Clubmoss
By Mark Wolfe (M_Wolfe)

Crowsfoot club moss isn't moss, in fact it looks more like a spreading cedar but it's not that either. So what is it?

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Winter Projects: Starting Coleus Indoors
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

January is a gloomy month for those of us who live where the cold winters keep us cooped up in the house. The skies are often gray and dreary, the clouds heavy laden with snow. Even though the winter landscape is sparkling white and beautiful, it is a colorless beauty. What we need in January is color. Coleus seedlings are abundant with color. Try this winter project to brighten your day and lift your spirits.

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This Season's Tree; Aleurites moluccana
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

The 'season's tree' articles usually emphasize the flowering or fruiting of a tree species, but today's plant catches our attention because of its leaves.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

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How to Swap Seeds
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

National Seed Swap Day is the last weekend in January. Increasing interest in gardening and growing heirloom varieties is a great way to spread the wealth.

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Garden Visitor: The Pine Siskin
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Nomadic members of the finch family, pine siskins are common cold weather visitors to gardens and back yards. But because these small songbirds determine a winter flight path based on seed availability, they may be plentiful at your feeder one year and absent the next.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

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Floral Cookery and Politics
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

What flower stopped an advancing army, is easy to grow, and is edible to boot?

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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, January 17, 2015

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Winter Pruning of Trees, A Timely Task
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Most folks are putting away their gardening tools in late fall but donít be so quick to retire inside for the winter. Did you know that winter is the perfect time to prune most deciduous trees?

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The Benefits of Snow in the Garden
By Melody Rose (melody)

Winter is here in the Northern Hemisphere, and for the majority of us, that means snow. We dread the 'white stuff' and long for spring, however snow is a very important part of a healthy garden in cold winter areas.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

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Aquarium to Terrarium
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Have you ever seen those really cheap used aquariums in yard sales? Ever wondered what they'd be good for? Any plant loving human has dreamed of a terrarium at one time or other. That perfect blend of humidity and warmth, a mini tropical paradise. This article will explain how to create that paradise.

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5 Tips for Taking Pictures of Birds in the Winter
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

Follow these easy to do tips for taking better pictures of birds this winter.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

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After the Thaw
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

The January thaw has come and gone. Where there was greening grass that the outdoor heifers browsed beneath the summerís dried stalks, there is now again snow that the heifers scuff through in a token sort of way before visiting the hay ring.

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Why I'm AOK with GMOs
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

I called myself a hippie when I was younger. I made cake with whole wheat flour, read Organic Gardening and played the guitar. I was against war, drugs and chemical preservatives. But now, I am grateful to GMOs for adding variety to my city diet.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Winter Blues II: Blue Marble Tree and Other Elaeocarpuses
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Like outdated hippies, the lily of the valley trees (Elaeocarpus spp.) sport bells with frayed edges, sometimes accompanied by "beads" of an almost psychedelic hue. Unfortunately, most are only hardy to USDA zone 10, putting them "on the fringe" in more ways than one! The type which most impressed me, the blue marble tree (Elaeocarpus angustifolius or grandis), can grow to 150 feet in the Australian rainforest with buttress roots. So it may be too much of a good thing for most landscapes anyway.

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Mail Order Gardening: Then and Now
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

The history of mail order gardening catalogs reaches back hundreds of years, and the month of January honors this event.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Introduction to Cold Hardy Tree Ferns
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Few plants say the tropics more effectively than do tree ferns, yet thankfully many species of tree ferns are fairly cold hardy, enabling gardeners throughout the world to use these for decoration and landscaping in climates much less tropical than from where they originate. The tree fern is a commonly used plant in landscaping designs from Britain, the Pacific Northwest, the Mediterranean, Southern California, the Southeast US and in tropical climates all over the world. They are basically living works of art, as well as useful shade for smaller, understory, more tender tropical and subtropical plants in marginal climates. The following is a brief overview of some of the more commonly grown cold hardy tree ferns in cultivation.

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Backyard Birding in Winter
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

My backyard birds begin their activities around 8:00 o'clock in the morning, but the wintertime light at that time of day is dim, requiring exposure compensation on my camera. By 10:30, the sun is at such an angle in the sky as to allow a perfect exposure, beckoning me to drop my chores for birding adventures. That is the prime time to bundle up and head outdoors to see what the day may bring.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

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Time to Clean up the Mess
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Believe it or not, I make a mess of my gardening stuff, starting in spring and lasting until late fall - meaning, the whole gardening season.The only time I have to clean all up is during winter, after the holidays.

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Don't Forget Water for the Birds!
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Birds need fresh water as well as food year-round. Learn more about attracting birds to your garden in the winter by providing fresh water.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

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Alocasia princeps 'Purple Cloak' - Another Jewel for You to Try!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Several new Alocasias have appeared on the market in the recent year or so. One of them is Alocasia princeps, also known as 'Purple Cloak'. With my interest in this genus of plants, you can be sure I got my hands on one, and it is now blooming. Read on for more about this Jewel . . .

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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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