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Monday, September 8, 2014

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Leadwort: A True Blue Fall Friend
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

This easy-care creeper sends up dainty blooms in the fall, when most other perennials are winding down. In addition to its intensely blue flowers and long bloom time, leadwort has the added benefit of color-changing foliage.

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Drying and Preserving Your Pomes
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

For some reason the apples always ripen within a few weeks of each other, leaving the home orchard owner with a plethora of fruit. The same is true with pears and other pome fruit.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Diana's Anise Biscotti
By Diana Wind (wind)

Biscotti can be made in a variety of ways, using almonds, pistachios or dried fruits. Our family's favorite recipe for Sicilian anise toast cookies, Biscotti all'Anice, uses fresh fennel or anise seeds from our garden, which add a special flavor to these low-fat cookies. Mama's favorite way to enjoy anise biscotti is to dunk them in her coffee!

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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, September 6, 2014

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Snakeroot and Ol' Larrnce
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Ol' Larrnce wasn't anybody's fool. He grabbed that snake by the tail and twirled it a time or two over his head and slung it as far as he could sling it. And it just kept coming back.

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Choosing and Caring for Autumn Mums
By Melody Rose (melody)

Autumn is a wonderful time in the garden. In most climates, the temperature has moderated enough for us to enjoy being outdoors. Garden centers have glorious mum displays and the colorful pots tempt us to bring a few home. Proper care will extend the show, so it's best to have a plan.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

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The Bells of Rehmannia
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Although rehmannia or Chinese foxglove is virtually unknown to U.S. gardeners, it ranks among the top 50 in China—of medicinal herbs, that is! Rehmannia glutinosa, also known as “earth yellow,” is the type used for that purpose. Its furry leaves and flowers remind me of gesneriads such as gloxinia.

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Aster, Pansies and Mums, Oh My!
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The abundance of fall blooming plants and color sources should keep any gardener happy with their eye pleasing tones and forms. Fall gardening doesn't have to be the end but can be as rewarding as the peak growing seasons. Plant some of these options for an autumn garden that will tide you over until spring.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Making Your Own Gardener's Hand Cream
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

Why aren't you making hand cream for those rough, scratched, and aching gardening hands? You probably have all you need in your kitchen, garden, and yard. If not, you may be able to get what you need locally!

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The House with Morning Glories
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

A garden full of plants, growing up healthy, crawling and climbing in every corner of the garden and on every fence or trellis, is every gardener's dream. The bushier the plants, the greater is the gardener's satisfaction. Morning glories are the perfect vines for achieving this goal in only one summer. My garden is full of them, crawling and climbing all over, making the garden look bushy and crowded. But this is how I like it.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Field crickets: these summer singers are welcome, almost all the time
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

One of our most familiar insects, whether you garden or not, is the field cricket. The sound of late summer is the song of crickets chirping, all day and all of the night.

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The Beauty of the Simple Cloche
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The humble cloche is simply a cover over one or many plants that protects them from cold weather and encourages solar heat. Not to be confused with the hat by the same name, the traditional glass covering might have come into common use in 15th century France.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Stinging Nettles are Not All Bad
By Kennedy Harris (kennedyh)

Stinging Nettles are not popular plants, I have received many stings from them over the years. Despite their stings, some lovely butterflies and moths choose them as their main food plants, so even Stinging Nettles give us something very special.

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A Beautiful Tribute to the Harvest
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

When the air turns crisp and the scent of burning leaves fills the air, we prepare for the coming winter by "putting by" food, cleaning up our gardens, and decorating our homes with the bounty.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

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A World with Many Bugs is a Good Thing!
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Well documented is the fact that the number of pollinators is diminishing worldwide. We know of the plight of the honeybee and the greatly diminished populations of butterflies and other pollinators. Also stated again and again, and beginning to be understood by concerned people is the fact that our food supply is directly related to pollinator activity, and that pollinator activity depends greatly on the availability of diverse plants that support them.

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New and Unexpected Ways to Use Apples
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

If you have multiple apple trees like I do, you look forward to the fall with mixed feelings. You enjoy having fresh-picked apples but after a while, you also feel a weighty sense of responsibility to use them all. In our family we eat apples raw, baked and pressed and every which way all fall. We give many away, and we preserve others.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

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Time to Tame the Raspberry Jungle
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Raspberry pruning is a stickery job,and the instructions in the books seem so confusing. But a lack of pruning leads to tangled, unproductive, disease-prone raspberry jungles. When your worst winter weather subsides, you can tame your raspberry jungle and turn it back into a respectable patch. I've studied the instructions and will do my best to explain raspberry pruning simply and clearly.

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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, August 30, 2014

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Setting up Your Own Japanese Bonsai Garden
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

Looking for a little peace and tranquility? Or maybe a new project? Here are a few tips to help inspire you to create your own tranquil Japanese bonsai garden.

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Identifying Wildflowers: Goldenrod
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, August 29, 2014

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Minnie and the Thuja Seedlings
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Minnie is my dog and I love her. But when she tries to mess with my plants, I can get very upset and forget how much I love her. Like when she decided to play with my thuja seedlings – what a disaster!

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Blue Ribbon Gardening
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Anyone who has entered garden produce or flowers or plants into a local county fair always hopes for a blue ribbon. Acknowledgment of your time and effort is a nice reward, and cash prizes don’t hurt, sometimes just the bragging rights go a long way. However, if you take your eyes off the prize, you might learn a few things from the judges and other contestants to better your chances at a blue ribbon.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Celebrating the Fruits of our Work as Gardeners
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)



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Old stones and Hydrangea
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Brittany ("Bretagne" in French and "Breizh" in Britton) is the western-most part of France, a place whose name calls to mind several images for the French; rough sea, apple-cider, crępes, erect stones and rainy weather.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Homemade Pond
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

In the 1890s, the Argo family acquired a tract of good farmland in southern Delaware. The land was passed down to the children and then to the grandchildren who in turn granted the deed to the present generation. It is on the Argo family's land that Robert K. Muncy, great-grandson of the original landowner, built a homestead, "Iona". On Bob's homestead is a delightful homemade pond.

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Living Walls out of Pallets
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Where ground space is limited or just for a different approach, these walls of greenery come in various sizes from small wall hangings to massive walls that resemble privacy hedges for the rich and famous.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Poison Oak Appreciation
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

One of my earliest memories comes from when I was around three years old. The house where we lived had Boston ivy planted around it. I asked my dad what that was. He said that it was ivy. I thought to myself, "Ivy = poison ivy = don't touch!" Though my plant indentification skills were not good at that age, my respect for poison ivy was developing. People tend to be fascinated by the enemy, and there are many interesting features about poison oak and poison ivy.

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Franklinia: The Curious Case of the Missing Camellia
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

The Franklin tree (Franklinia altamaha) is at the center of one of history’s most baffling horticultural mysteries. (Cue spooky music.) Not actually a camellia but resembling one, it was discovered growing along the banks of Georgia’s Altamaha River in 1765 by two of the New World’s earliest plant explorers--John and William Bartram.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

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Invasive Japanese Honeysuckle: In Hindsight, Not Such a Good Idea!
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

It is a familiar story: a non-native species is introduced to an area with the best of intentions, to meet a specific need or fulfill a craving for something new and different. Before long, it is thriving beyond all expectation, and the native species in the area begins to suffer.

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Fall Vegetable Beds From Your Compost Heap
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Autumn vegetable beds help extend the bountiful season and lower your grocery bill. If you have a spent summer bed, use your compost heap to give it a boost of nitrogen and carbon plus all the essential nutrients necessary for plum veggies. You will need to know the date of your first average frost to determine exactly when to plant.

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Sunday, August 24, 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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Create Your Own Vertical Garden
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

It’s time to think “up” when it comes to your garden. Vertical gardening can offer you the ability to grow more plants in less space and in places you hadn’t considered. Many flowers, fruits and vegetables will grow and thrive on fences, on trellises, on walls and other vertical objects. The results can offer many benefits in terms of added beauty for your garden and added savings for your wallet.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Gardening With Architectural Plants
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

Sometimes a border needs a big bold statement, something to draw the eye. This is where architectural plants come in!

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What's That Bug? Junonia coenia, the Common Buckeye
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, August 22, 2014

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Hummingbird Magnet: Coronado Hyssop
By Diana Wind (wind)

Have you ever grown Coronado Hyssop? The eye-catching, pale-orange color of this deer-resistant perennial agastache makes it an excellent choice for butterfly, cottage and hummingbird gardens.

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Favorite In-Season Vegetables
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

These are many in-season vegetables you can enjoy during the summer into fall growing season. It is natural and better nutritionally for you to eat fresh in-season vegetables. We have become accustomed to having all vegetables year round in our supermarkets. If you shop at your local farmers market it will be easy to find the vegetables that are local and in-season.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Japanese Maples for Small Gardens
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

Have you always been fascinated with Japanese maples but thought you did not have the room, or that they were too difficult to grow? There are many varieties available to suit just about every garden size and style. See how you can add these graceful beauties to your landscape.

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Compost tea, love it or leave it? You decide
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Does compost tea sound like the best thing since sliced bread to you? Or do you think it's an overhyped fad of organic gardening movement? Either way, you have plenty of company. But if you aren't sure where you stand, keep reading.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Plants: Magic and Mystery
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Thousands of years ago magical and mystical powers were ascribed to certain plants. It is no wonder, since today we still turn to plants for food, shelter, clothing, weapons, and even healing. The magic and mystical beliefs came from the plant's display of vital energy during its growth and seasonal rebirth. We might understand such events today, but there will always be an element of mystery in the first bloom of spring.

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Recycle those Geraniums
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Geraniums are one of the most popular "annual" flowers in the U.S. They make an excellent container plant as well as planted in garden beds. I'm going to show you how to recycle your plants so that you can get many years of beautiful blooms.

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