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Monday, May 12, 2014

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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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Lilac, What a Temptation!
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

May always brings flowers in my garden, but lilac, with its sweet scent and beautiful panicles, is the most special and it makes my heart sing! Every spring I'm watching them as their panicles grow, anxious to see how many blooms they will have. I like seeing the blooming lilac in my garden, but I didn't always think like that.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

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In the Shade of Mom's Mimosa
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

My childhood home on the waterfront of the grand Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, USA had a mimosa tree in the front yard, facing the water. Memories of that tree stayed with me, and I later planted a mimosa tree, Mom's mimosa, in memory of my mother. Let me tell you a little about what grows under Mom's mimosa.

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Pruning Groups and Clematis
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Clip, clip here, clip, clip there. Clematis will reward you will seasons of spectacular color if you know the pruning dos and don’ts.

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Sunday, May 4, 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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Garden-Related Gifts Kids Can Make for Mom or Grandma
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Take it from me. Moms really mean it when they say “It’s the thought the counts” when it comes to gifts from their kids. We love it when we can tell our children spent some time thinking about what would make us happy and then making something personal for us. Why do you think we save those hand-made cards and trinkets for years and years?

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

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Dutch Stewed Pears
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

How amazing that this dish, known to the Dutch as ‘Stoofperen’, which we ate almost every week when I was growing up as a child in Holland, is unknown to the rest of the world. The specific variety of pear used is not even available elsewhere!

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What's That Bug? The Regal Moth; Citheronia regalis
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, May 2, 2014

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The Second Arborists' Challenge in the Indian Ocean
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Yes fellow readers, already one year has gone since the first arborists’ event and you can now enjoy my report regarding the second one which recently took place.

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DIY Gifts for Mom, the Gardener
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Re-purpose, reuse and recycle your way to innovative and special gifts for the gardener. You don't have to be a professional crafter to make an innovative expression of your appreciation for a gardener in your life.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

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Peerless Peonies
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Of all the garden blooms that could grace a property, few can compete with the elegance and beauty of the peony. These hardy but magnificent flowers are easy to grow and even easier to enjoy.

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The Joshua Tree
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Yucca brevifolia, the Joshua Tree is one of the most well known, iconic plants of the southwest. This article serves as an introduction to this fascinating and unusual plant.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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How to care for spring floral gift plants
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Live plants make beautiful, and well appreciated, gifts. A little good care will help the flowers last days longer in the house. And are you wondering if you can make the gift last for years to come by planting it in your garden? Let's make the most of your new daffodils, azaleas, tulips, or other spring floral gift plants.

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Containers and Baskets - A Primer on Seasonal Color Design
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Are you mad for containers and baskets? Does a hanging fuchsia inspire you to paroxysm of joy? Learn how to build exceptional container gardens with your own personal style and flair.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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Pine Needle Acidity: Myth or reality?
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

"Oh! You want to be careful with those pine needles," a garden visitor once warned me, as he spied the mulch in my salvia bed. "It'll bring your soil pH down to where it's too acid for those salvias."

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The Versatile Cuke
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I would have to classify cucumbers as one of the top 3 most versatile veggies that we grow. There are so many uses for this member of the curbit family. Let’s learn about this delicious vegetable.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

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Scarlet Milkweed - Friend or Foe?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Tropical or scarlet milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is native to South America, but it has become naturalized in parts of several southern states, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Texas. Many questions and opinions exist regarding its use in gardens.

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Dealing with Dandelions Naturally
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Spring has sprung and along with it those lively golden flowers which paper your verdant green lawn. Some gardeners may feel indulgent and simply enjoy the lion- mane like heads and subsequent white fluff but most of us consider dandelions the enemy. Combat must be swift and decisive, done often with toxic chemicals and reckless abandon. However, consider a natural, gentle method of getting rid of dandelions. This method takes persistence and time but is a more sure fire system and prevents spreading noxious substances where children and pets play.

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Sunday, April 27, 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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Beyond Pansies: Cool Season Annuals to Brighten Your Garden
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Cool season annuals can brighten the garden when the weather remains too cool to plant traditional annual flowers, but warm enough to sustain some fresh plantings. Many gardeners opt for pansies, a traditional cool-season annual, but there are several other annuals suitable for cool spring temperatures.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Silent Bells Beckon (Bell Shaped Blooms)
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

From the delicate Muscari and Spanish Hyacinth to the grand Carolina Silver Bell tree, spring welcomes you to the garden with bells on. From spring, right into winter, there is always a bell silently ringing in the garden. There are many blooms, from tiny bulbs to huge trees, that resemble bells. Some bloom in clusters, some bloom up the stem, while others are single bells standing out for all to see. We will look at a few of them, here.

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The Dogwood Tree; A Garden Plant With Wild Roots
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many cultivated plants can trace their 'roots' to common roadside wildflowers and forests and gardeners often assume that the wild or native form is simply an escapee from someone's garden. Wildflowers and native trees and shrubs are beloved 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, April 25, 2014

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Attract Bats to Your Garden with a Bat House
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

How much do you know about bats? If you answered that bats live in caves, you may be surprised to learn that many species spend the summer months in warmer locales, such as under bridges, in the eaves of buildings or houses, or nestled in trees. Spring, when the bats are emerging from their wintertime slumber, is the perfect time to install a bat house and invite these insect-eating mammals to share your garden airspace!

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Winter Grass Recovery
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

As snow and ice recede, the lawn is left exposed and naked, revealing its flaws and winter damage. Some of the most frequent occurrences of winter damage are ice burned patches, boggy zones, excessive moss growth, salt damage, voles and something called snow mold. Any one of these leaves the turf less than attractive and inviting but can be repaired in a fairly short period of time.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Photinia and Aronia - Shrubs for Foliage, Flowers and Fruit
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

It seems plant taxonomists are busy reclassifying many of our popular garden plants. The chokeberries, Aronia, are now considered a type of Photinia. This article will descibe the genus Photinia (including Aronia), a group of shrubs valued for their foliage, flowers, fruit and in some cases, fall foliage.

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Down Under, Though Not in Oz…
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Strange title I agree but if I had used ‘under the volcano’ one would have imagined I was plagiarizing Malcolm Lowry’s novel... Actually today’s hike is not for the faint-hearted, or lazy. We are going underground through lava tunnels!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Peaceful Plants: Yarrow
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

It often happens that we visit our friends or relatives at that precise moment when a particular flower or plant in their garden is at its springtime or summertime best. That is how I discovered the beauty of pink yarrow in late spring.

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Choosing the Right Tree for Your Front Yard
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

A tree is an investment for years to come, so choosing the right tree for your front yard is not a decision you should make quickly. Take your time to understand the requirements of various trees so that you choose a tree that won't just survive, but will thrive in your front yard.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Choosing a Small Ornamental Tree
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Sometimes trees are planted for shade, sometimes they are planted to serve as a windbreak, and other times yet they are planted for fruit or nut production. But when a small specimen tree is planted for its sheer and petite beauty within the landscape, it can add special interest to a landscape. Following are some suggestions for small specimen tree planting, whether it is for aesthetic or sentimental interest.

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