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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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Saturday, October 11, 2014

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The Jungle in my House
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I must be a creature of habit. I take my houseplants outside the first week in May, and I bring them back inside the middle of October. I have repeated this activity for at least the last fifteen years. The problem is, I really don't like houseplants.

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Identifying Wild Plants: Sumac, Glorious Fall Color
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many cultivated plants can trace their roots to common roadside wildflowers and shrubs. Often gardeners often assume that the wild or native form is simply an escapee from someone's garden. These wildings are frequently overlooked and deserve more attention than they get. They're tough, hard to kill and come with the added benefit of being attractive to bees, butterflies and wildlife.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

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Be a Tulip Maniac! It's Time to Shop for Spring Color
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Tulips! In the Netherlands, they're everybody's favorite flower, the definitive harbinger of Spring. The speculative bubble of Tulip Mania may have burst centuries ago, but Tulipa mania is alive and well in the hearts of gardeners everywhere! With bulbs going on sale now, this is a great time to join in the excitement.

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Another stroll around Brittany
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

We recently had a brief view of Bretagne, but of course the place is not only old stones and hydrangea. There is much more to see, so let me take you on a second tour.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

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Daffodils and companions: Dig less, plant more! for a fabulous spring flower display
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

How many expanding garden projects start with the thought, “well, as long as I’m digging, I may as well…” Before you know it, a new little “corner garden” has taken over half your back yard. When it comes to planting spring-blooming daffodils, however, you can get twice the flower power without any more actual digging by planting smaller companion bulbs at the same time.

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Is Your Compost Safe?
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Compost is often referred to as "Black Gold," and indeed it can play a key role in adding organic material and nutrients to the soil. Unless you make your own compost do you really know what your compost contains?

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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Collecting Treasures
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Autumn is the perfect time of year to collect treasures, and what better treasures than the seeds from your own flowers? With just a little effort, it is entirely possible to ensure that you will have seeds for next year with plenty to spare.

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Overwintering Tender Plants in Your Greenhouse
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The humble greenhouse is a gardener's best friend. You can get an early jump on the growing season using its protection and heat to start vegetables and flowers. It is also a great place in winter, where any sun keeps it moderately warm and ice, snow, wind and freezing rain can't bother your plants.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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Flower Pounding
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

Flower Pounding, gardener's stress relief or dyeing with your garden’s bounty? Ah, perhaps a bit of both. The natural pigments pounded into properly prepared fabric can make a lovely piece of art, and allow you to let off a little steam at the same time.

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Gardening in the Wind
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Living with the wind can be a challenge if one is also trying to grow a garden. And if your climate already is challenging, the additive effect is daunting. More on the frustrations of being a misplaced gardener.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

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It's a Mint!
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Like all gardeners, I always want to have in my garden all the plants I see, therefore I frequently plant unidentified plants that I find in the street or in the field, then check for their name later. Sometimes I get the wrong name, after searching on the internet, because of the wrong picture someone posted with an incorrect name. Sometimes I am the one who gets it wrong, by not looking closely enough at the picture. That's what happened with my thyme - or what I thought it was a thyme.

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The Best Shrubs for Fall Color
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

For most people, the colors of fall have to do with leaves. We are amazed by the deep oranges, fiery reds and bright yellows that dot the landscape of our neighborhoods, and we will even take long drives to other communities just to see the colorful trees they have to offer.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

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The Cutting Edge - A Spray to Change Your Hardiness Zone?
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

One of the banes of gardeners worldwide is cold temperatures. We even have zone designations to tell us if our area is too cold for certain kinds of plants to grow in. But what if you could change your hardiness zone without moving and without a greenhouse? This revolutionary idea is actually a breakthrough on the verge of coming on the market - read on for a BIG surprise . . .

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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 4, 2014

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Euonymus leaf notcher: A new pest
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

You could say we asked for it with the widespread use of a few Asian Euonymus species in our landscaping. It's inevitable that Asian insects would follow. The Euonymus leaf notcher (Pryeria sinica) is a recently identified Asian moth that's finding a comfortable new home in Maryland and Virginia gardens. Learn to recognize this pest and be ready to greet it with safe, effective control methods.

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Our Annual Photo Contest is Open for Entries
By Melody Rose (melody)

October is here and it's time for our Annual Photo Contest. This is one of the most anticipated events of the year and our members have been saving images for months in anticipation.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

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Banana Recipes: Two Family Favorites
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Autumn is here, and that means baking! Here are two tasty recipes that have become family favorites over the years. Next time your're at the market, grab a few extra bananas and allow them to get very ripe and spotted. And then try these sweet recipes which make very good use of those overripe bananas.

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Finding the Perfect Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

If you're looking for a pumpkin patch or corn maze in your area, there are several ways to locate them. The area newspaper may run a feature on a local farm where pumpkins, fall fruits and vegetables or a corn maze might be found.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

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Around The Color Wheel With Purple Heart
By Sarah Barksdale (barksy)

One of the Top Ten Plants at Daves Garden is Purple Heart (Purple Queen, Tradescantia pallida aka Setcreasea pallida or purpurea). A lanky ground cover with succulent leaves, it is very commonly grown in warmer climates (zones 8a-11), either purposely planted or springing up on its own. This plant is mostly grown for uniquely colored foliage that ranges from purple to reddish purple to green/purple depending on the conditions. To my eye, most Purple Heart is reddish or warm purple but you may see it differently as color perception varies somewhat. The foliage is made more complex by a grayish/blue dusky sheen. Despite its unusual color, Purple Heart is easy to mix into the landscape creating both vivid and subtle combinations of colors.

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Transitioning Through the Seasons
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

August and about the first half of September in the Deep South is as hot as blazes. Humidity is in the high double digits, and being outside for any length of time is an exercise in endurance.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Garden Visitor: The Tufted Titmouse
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Among the most acrobatic of foragers among the treetops, the tufted titmouse can often be seen clinging upside down on a tree in search of insects hidden behind bark or leaves.

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A Fall Color Display
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Autumn is a transition period from the actively live garden to winter dormancy. The change of the season also brings changes to your plants, some of which are good changes. For instance, the deep colors of maple trees as they enter their winter sleep, sloughing off leaves that turn almost any hue on the color wheel.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Leaf peepers - what are they and what do they do?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

"Leaf Peeping!" my husband told me, "It's the major source of New England's travel industry economy from early October through mid-November. They come from all over the world!"

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Weed Wars: Killing Poison Ivy, without getting killed by poison ivy allergy
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Poison Ivy! Those who are allergic to it shudder at the thought of it invading their gardens. I’m employing chemical warfare while taking hazmat precautions against contact – and I’m winning!

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