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Monday, May 26, 2014

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2014 Write-Off: Where the Watermelons Grow
By Kenzie Janzen (ckkjanzen)

A sweet story of a grandchild and her grandfather, who passed on his green thumb to the next generation.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

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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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Container Gardening With Kids
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

If you are looking for a way to get your children or grandchildren interested in gardening, a good place to start is with container gardening.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Our Lord's Candle - Hesperoyucca whipplei
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

A common name for Hesperoyucca whipplei is Our Lord's Candle. A name like that suggests that there must be something out of the ordinary about this plant. There is. With an inflorescence up to 13 feet tall, it is the exclamation point of the chaparral.

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Identifying Wildflowers: Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many cultivated plants can trace their 'roots' to common roadside wildflowers and gardeners often assume that the wild or native form is simply an escapee from someone's garden. Wildflowers are beloved little treasures that have inspired poets, artists and storytellers from around the world and learning to recognize them and preserving their declining habitat is something all gardeners should aspire to.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

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Friends Don't Let Friends Plant Thugs: Tips for avoiding aggressive plants
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

It's a busy time of year for gardeners: time to dig out all your extra plants, and pass them around amongst all your fellow gardeners doing likewise. It's fun, but use a bit of restraint. Don't dump thugs on your friends, and beware of bringing an unknown botanical headache into your own garden, from a well meaning but uninformed friend. (With deepest apologies to the recipients of my own thugs, before I reached enlightenment.)

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Growing Heirloom Squash
By Kathleen Marshall (KRMarshall)

What is so special about growing heirloom squash? Well, for one thing, it is a little like collecting antiques. Heirloom varieties often have long and interesting histories, and when you grow them you are helping preserve that history and pass it on.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Accessorize Your Garden
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

Have you ever gazed at your garden and pondered whether or not you should add a special something to it? Just like a room in your home there are many ways to add that final decorative touch which will give your garden a distinguished look. Your choices are not necessarily limited to the more common elements, such as water fountains and birdbaths, statuary, or birdhouses. Why not add an element that gives your garden a characteristically unique air? Continue reading as I discuss the possibilities.

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Torenia, the Clown Flower
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Sometimes gardeners purchase the same plant year after year because it performs well and adds consistent color from summer through fall. Torenia fournieri, hailing from Southeast Asia, is one such plant that is always present in my summer garden.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Beets for Better Health
By Diana Wind (wind)

Nitrate-rich beets are easy to grow and prepare, and have heart healthy benefits. So don’t skip a beet! Grow beets, eat beets, and juice beets for better health this growing season.

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Easy Ways to Keep Melons Pest Free
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Growing melons is a rewarding experience that largely depends on pest management. Whether you want to grow a small melon patch or several acres of melons, it’s crucial to learn methods of control pests due to the high growing costs.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Backyard Mosquito Mitigation
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

Understanding more about mosquitoes now may help prevent their reproduction, repel their bites, and eliminate many of the bloodsucking population in your yard and garden next year.

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Mallard Ducks at the Park
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Knowing a little more about ducks now than I did several months ago, my story about Mallard ducks started last winter when I began to look for them at the local park.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

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The Botanical Garden of Mascarins
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Previously, I introduced the CBNM as the place where our most recent arborists' challenge took place. Let me take you for a visit in this large and nice garden.

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Creating Vertical Gardens of Interest
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Vertical gardens are increasing in popularity not only due to their aesthetic appeal but also their functionality. Known also as living walls or even living art, erecting a vertical garden is a great way to showcase your favorite ornamentals and also a practical way to make use of space for edibles.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

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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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Natural (and Safe) Ways to Get Rid of Pests in the Garden
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

As gardening season gets into full swing and some parts of the country are experiencing height of summer temperatures already, you probably have begun your battle with garden pests. Theres nothing worse for a gardener than to see all your hard efforts being destroyed by insects seemingly overnight.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

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Bellflowers for the Border
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

The genus Campanula, commonly known as bellflowers, comprised nearly 300 species. many of these are well-known perennials for the border. This article will introduce you to the most common border bellflowers.

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Dave's Garden Book Review: A Rose by Any Name
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners love books, as the number of titles devoted to the subject attest. We hope this spotlight on some of our members' favorites is a nice change of pace for your Saturday morning.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

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Golden Rice--what it is and why the controversy
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Whether you are for or against Genetically Modified Organisms (and everyone seems to have an opinion), you have to agree that Golden Rice is a special case.

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Plant a Container Garden for Butterflies
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Butterfly gardens appeal to children and adults alike. You don't need a lot of space to plant colorful flowers that will attract butterflies to your garden. A window box, planter or decorative container can be planted with a variety of annuals that attract butterflies of all types.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

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The Bug Assignment
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

It was a simple elementary school science project and I refused to do it. Nobody was going to make me kill bugs and stick them on a board with pins. That was the year I was ready to become a fourth grade drop out.

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Corn, A Crop of Many Uses
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Nothing says summer more than a steaming, golden ear of sweet corn dripping with melted butter. However human consumption of corn is low on the food chain as far as uses for this valuable commodity. Let’s take a journey to see how corn is used to enhance our lives.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Gardeners Always Share
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

As a member of Davesgarden, I know about the round-ups and swaps between gardeners, where each of them bring lots of plants from their garden to share with the others. There is no bigger joy than sharing plants and seeds between gardeners! Can you imagine a gardener who wouldn't want to share his plants? Of course you can't! Neither can I, yet there is one and I had the bad experience of meeting him.

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Tender Bloomers - Overwinter Your Bulbs
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

There are two classifications for bulbs, corms and tubers regarding their hardiness. Hardy bulbs are generally those that bloom in spring and are planted in fall. They don't mind winter's chill and survive in ground for years. Tender varieties cannot tolerate freezing temperatures and will rot in ground or simply fail to bloom. In order to save these precious varieties you need to pull them out of the ground in fall and pack them away carefully to await spring planting.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Introduction to Exotic Foliage Houseplants
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article serves as an introduction to some of the more exotic and popular species of house plants found in many nurseries throughout the country.

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Gotta Have Gaura in the Garden
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Gaura has long been a favorite perennial for gardeners in USDA Zones 5-10. This year the cultivar ‘Sparkle White’ was named a 2014 All America Selections (AAS) Bedding Plant Award Winner, and it has won the FleuroSelect Gold Medal award for garden performance in Europe. This comes as no surprise to most gardeners.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

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Fluttery Dove Tree
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

To some people, Davidia involucrata flowers look like a bevy of white handkerchiefs, waving good-bye. To others, they resemble the wings of doves or the fluttering of otherworldly spirits. The genus has, therefore, been known as handkerchief tree, dove tree, or ghost tree.

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May is Gardening for Wildlife Month
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Gardening for wildlife is a fun and easy way to enjoy birds and butterflies in your backyard.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

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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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Lasagna Gardening
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

Layered or "Lasagna Gardening" as it is sometimes called, may be the answer you have been looking for. This process is not just for the lazy gardener. Layered gardening can easily be done by anyone with physical limitations, if you do not want to build a frame for a raised bed, or if you do not want to dig up your existing soil and grass. If you have hard clay soil, rocky soil, thick grass or weeds, layered gardening can help you make a vegetable garden where you thought you couldn't have one.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Amorphophallus - a Living Patio Umbrella?
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

You'll be hard pressed to find a group of plants as strange as some of those found in the aroid genus Amorphophallus. Among these can be found the largest inflorescence and single leaves that look like trees. The most commonly grown species go dormant in winter, making them ideal for the northern tropical garden. But you haven't had the full experience of these plants until you've smelled the inflorescences . . .

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Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Zinnias
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many new gardeners are starting to plan their first adventure into our crazy, wonderful world. Without a little guidance from seasoned veterans, they often choose seeds and plants that are more challenging than their budding skills can handle. These plant profiles will feature time-tested seeds and plants that are easy to grow, but produce a great show.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

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Rock 'n Roses: Cistus and Halimium
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Rock roses aren't actually roses, as is proved by the fact that they lack thorns and require very little water, pruning, or other care. And, being native to the Mediterranean, they actually prefer poor and gritty soils to good ones.

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Training and Feeding Your Squash
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Warty, smooth, soft and unyielding. These are a few of the characteristics of squash that you can have in your garden for delicious variety, longevity of storage and nutrient density.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

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Unusual Pregnant Onion: Ornithogalum longibracteatum
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Soon after I joined Dave's Garden, someone gave me a pregnant onion plant. What a surprise to realize as a not-so-novice gardener that I had never heard of this interesting, easy-care potted plant for inside or out.

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Garden Magic: Alchemilla
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Some perennials have a reputation for lovely flowers, others for handsome foliage. Alchemilla earns its keep by delivering on both counts.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Love in a Mist
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Nigella is one of my favorite biennials. Most people call it Love-in-a-Mist, but others refer to it as “Devil in the Bush.” I cannot imagine why this comely flower would be called such an uncomely name. For me, the first appellation is much more fitting. In spring its misty loveliness graces gardens throughout the country and beyond.

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The Potato: The World’s Most Versatile Food
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

There is no doubt about it, the potato has to be the most versatile food in the world.. How many other foods are eaten regularly for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Let’s learn about this cousin of the tomato, eggplant and pepper.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Yellow Bedstraw
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Living off the land in southeast Kentucky meant simply that you made do with what you had, and most of the time that was enough. It is always good to remember the old days with pleasure and smiles, but sometimes there's fun in remembering the good, the bad, and the scary. This is such a story.

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