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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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Planting a Garden in the Midnight Sun
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

How on earth did someone from the mountains of Kentucky end up planting a garden on the Kenai Peninsula in Seward, Alaska? Well, there are some similarities: Alaska does have mountains, great glorious ones that are barren on top except for the goats and bears that live there. Here is the story of my incredible visit to Alaska, and what I found in that harshly beautiful land.

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Manure to Global Positions Systems, the Story of Fertilizers
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

It keeps roses red, and vegetables growing; It can come from restaurants, restrooms or dumpsters, no matter how we get it, fertilizer plays an important role in food production worldwide.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

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Benefits of Organic Fertilizers  An Overview
By Kathleen Marshall (KRMarshall)

The debate of organic vs. chemical gardening is an ongoing one that may never end. It all boils down to personal choice, but before you make a choice, you need to be educated. One place to start is to learn about the benefits of organic fertilizers.

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Russell Lupines: The Story Behind the Glory of Those Colorful Spires
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Lupines, also known as lupins, are lovely garden flowers, and inspire a quiet passion in the people who fall in love with their spiky elegance. Read on to learn how the elegant spires of this plant inspired the lifework of a little-known British gardener from York, George Russell (1857-1951).

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Sunday, June 29, 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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Your Lush, Green Lawn: Should You Keep It or Not?
By Millie Rainer (millierainer)

A beautiful and well-kept lawn is a treat for tired eyes which soothes and calms your senses. It comforts and relaxes when you have your morning cuppa outside or lay on it gazing at the stars on a balmy night.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Masterful Masterworts
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Like so many modern garden ornamentals, Astrantia or masterwort, are currently enjoying a surge in popularity. If you are not familiar with these long-lasting perennials, then this article will provide you with an overview of this small but wonderful group of plants.

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A Visit to Southern California (and Lots of Cool Plants!)
By Melody Rose (melody)

Most of my articles reflect my west Kentucky location and have a southeastern North American themes. This week, this Southern gal makes a quick visit to sunny California and it was a huge contrast in climate and flora, which was quite educational.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

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Attracting Birds to Your Garden With (Simple) Water Features
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

There is something so gratifying about seeing and hearing birds on your property. Not only are they interesting to watch and listen to, but birds can play a powerful role in de-bugging your garden.

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Citronella Geranium: Is It Really a Mosquito Repellent?
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Even in the gardening world, we should remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Such was the case with the promise that the leaves of citronella geraniums, also known as Mosquito Plant, would repel the mosquitoes that find me so very irresistible!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Botany for Gardeners - The Basics of Fruits
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

After flowers, many gardeners grow plants in the hope of obtaining fruits. Wait a minute, what about vegetables? Well, much of the vegetable produce that we are expecting from our gardens is actually fruit! When is a fruit the same as a vegetable? Read on . . .

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The Special Exhibits Division of a Standard Flower Show
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Standard Flower Shows have three possible divisions: Horticulture, Design, and Special Exhibits. The Horticulture Division and the Design Division are required. The Special Exhibits Division, however, is optional, and may include a wide range of exhibits that add interest to the show.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Monocarpsim in question
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Monocarpic means flowering once and then dying... or does it? The following is an article inspired by a long heated discussion of this term and its meaning among a group of on line 'botanits' recently who brought up a lot of good points about what truly is meant by saying a plant is monocarpic.

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How to Make Your Own Fertilizer Tea and Use It
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

To have a thriving vegetable or flower garden, most plants require a little boost during the growing season. This is partly due to a lack of nutrients and microbes in the soil and also that many plants are actually heavy feeders, requiring some form of fertilizer to do their best.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Sweet Violets
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Nature and I got along very well. I was taught to have a great deal of respect for all the freely given things of nature, and I did. My mother was a different story. I didn't think she would mind at all if I used her newly blooming sweet violets for my princess crown, but I was so wrong.

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Exquisite Erodiums
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

I finally succeeded in overwintering an erodium in USDA zone 5b this year, though the plants are only supposed to be dependably hardy in zones 6 to 10. Due to the theory that the zones have shifted upward recently, I figured it should be possible for the plants to survive outdoors here now. I suspect, though, that last winter nearly smacked us back into 5a instead!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

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How to Plant in Strawberry Jars for Easy Watering
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Something about the shape of strawberry jars has always appealed to me, I've admired well-planted pots and tried for years to make mine look as good. Every year it was something; the top plants didn't grow, the plants at the bottom rotted or dried out. The owner of a local garden center took pity on me and gave me a few tricks that have made all the difference. Today, I'll share them with each of you.

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Garden Visitor: The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

The rose-breasted grosbeak is one of the most handsome birds to visit backyard feeders. Unusually tame and unafraid of humans, these birds can be coaxed into eating sunflower seeds from your hand.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Australian Wildflowers: Banksias
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Banksias are one of Australia's most diverse & beautiful flowering plants. They bloom in every colour imagineable & range in form from small trees to shrubs & creepers. Read on & find out why you want to grow banksias.

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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, June 21, 2014

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What's That Worm in My Apple?
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

The first step in controlling the insect larvae that so often infest apples is identification. Once you know what it is, you've taken the first step in dealing with it. Here are some tips for identifying the most common species of larvae found in apples.

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Identifying Wildflowers: Coral Honeysuckle
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, June 20, 2014

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How to celebrate the first day of summer
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

You don't have to be a gardener, or American, to know that the first day of summer is worth celebrating. But how we do it is up for discussion.

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All About Dahlias
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Dahlias offer gardeners a wide range of flower sizes, colors and types. You can plant spectacular dinner plate dahlias for show-stopping garden centerpieces, or add diminutive small dahlias to a window box, planter or garden border. The basic planting and care instructions for each type of dahlias are similar, so once you’ve learned how to care for dahlias, you can grow nearly any type your heart desires as long as they’re appropriate for your gardening zone.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

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How peculiar: Green cultivars
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Olive green, lime green, chartreuse, Kelly green…some of the many wonderful shades of green that can grace our gardens. If you love green, you might want to check out these enviously green cultivars of your favorite flowering florae.

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Climbing and pruning grass, are you kidding?
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Yes, another unique article by Jean-Jacques, I am inviting you today with me on a very special logging site as we will be taking down plants from the Gramineae family using chainsaws and climbing ropes!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Ferns for the Garden Landscape: The genus Osmunda
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

In recent years ferns have become popular as garden ornamentals. Wet, dry, sunny or shady, there is a fern out there which can be utilized in the garden. With their wide diversity of textures, size and delicate colours, ferns are second to Hosta for their use as garden foliage plants. This article, devoted to the large, bold Osmunda, will be the first in a series of fern-related articles.

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Is This Plant the New Hosta?
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

How would you like to grow a plant in your garden that stays beautiful the whole season; adds dramatic color to the garden the instant you plant it...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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A Summer Treasure Hunt
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Summer is here, and with it comes the joys of stepping outdoors at any moment of the day with digital camera in hand (of course)! The treasures to be found in summer are abundant; in fact, they practically land at one’s feet. Even so, it’s fun to go on a hunt to find something unique out in the yard to capture in time during this glorious season.

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Learning How to Grow a Magnolia
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Nothing compares to magnolia blooms in the spring! I've been fascinated by them since my dear Aunt Iuliana took me to see the magnolias blooming in the Cismigiu Park, in Bucharest, for the first time. It has become a ritual for me every spring, which I wouldn't have missed for the world. Magnolias were like something heavenly and unreachable for me. Never in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined I would ever have a garden, much less a magnolia blooming only for me. But now I'm about to fulfill my dream and plant even two magnolias in my garden.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

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June Morning Buddies
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

June mornings are special at the start of summer when it is cool for a few hours in the garden before the sun is high. These mornings are filled with pleasant surprises to be found and by visits from little buddies if we stop to look closely.

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Welcome to Nature  How to Harden Off Seedlings and Prevent Shock
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Starting plants from seed is relatively easy and economical. Seed savers know what they are growing and can keep the same variety year after year. Even packaged seeds afford more bang for the buck than purchasing starts for the veggie garden and flower bed.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Santa Fe, New Mexico and My Father's Garden
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

The weather in New England is never that sunny, dry, searing heat I remember from New Mexico. Still, when it gets hot back here, really hot, it reminds me of how hot and dry it is out there, which makes me think of my father and his surprisingly green thumb.

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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, June 14, 2014

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Garlic Chives- Great In the Garden, But…
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

We often choose plants for their attractive foliage or flowers, or because we like to cook with herbs, or because the plant is carefree, with one of these characteristics being our main goal. But some plants combine all these qualities nicely. One of these is Garlic Chives.

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Dave's Garden Book Review: The Market Gardener
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, June 13, 2014

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Butter Daisy, a Low Maintenance Annual
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Thinking back on which annuals have been the highest performers, I immediately think of butter daisy. Year after year it reseeds in the flowerbed out by the street where it is subjected to the hot, afternoon sun and the reflected light from the surrounding pavement. It begins blooming almost as soon as it emerges from the ground, and it stays in bloom until frost kills it.

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Give Your Plants a Summer Vacation
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

This time of year, we all look for excuses to be outdoors. After a long winter, we are eager to enjoy the warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours of spring. Even your houseplants can enjoy the warmth, fresh air and sunshine of the season. In fact, like us, your inside plants can get refreshed and renewed by the experience.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

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The Ornamental Dwarf Speedwells
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

While many gardeners are familiar with the taller speedwells, they may have had limited exposure to the dwarf species. There are, in fact, a host of dwarf, mat-like or creeping speedwells that can be used in a variety of garden situations. This article will introduce you to the more popular species.

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Nicotiana--flowering tobaccos
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Nicotiana species were a big hit in Victorian flower gardens: tall, stately and oh-so-fragrant. They were discovered in South America and by the 1820s were a staple in elegant gardens everywhere, releasing a luscious perfume at dusk from their trumpet-shaped white blossoms. (If you're interested, a trait that happens at dusk but not all night long is a vespertine one. While bats are nocturnal animals, Nicotiana have a vespertine fragrance.)

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