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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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Read more articles about:  Perennial Flowers Container Gardening Summer Gardening Drought-tolerant Plants Hummingbirds Deer-resistant Plants Flower Gardening Xeric Gardening Agastaches Edible Flowers
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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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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Border Stonecrops from the Genus Hylotelephium
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

You probably never heard of Hylotelephium but you certainly are familiar with them! They are the border stonecrops, a group recently split from Sedum. 'Autumn Joy' is perhaps the most well-known but this group is enjoying a surge in the release of new cultivars suitable for nearly any sunny situation. Foliage, flowers, all-season attraction, drought-tolerant, salt-tolerant, butterfly attractant...these plants have it all!

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A Bucket of Apricot Jam
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

What can be more delicious than apricot jam? Maybe cherry or strawberry jam, many of you may say. But for me apricots are the best in any form, whether they are raw, in a cake or jam.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

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Time for the Daves Garden Fifth Annual Pixel County Fair
By Melody Rose (melody)

Autumn is a time of harvest and gardeners the world over show off their produce, livestock and hand-made items in county fairs, harvest festivals, agricultural shows, fetes and exhibitions. We enjoy gathering together to celebrate the years bounty. Join us for the fifth annual Dave's Garden Pixel County Fair a Celebration of Harvest Traditions with a Virtual Twist

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Pollinators in Peril
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Evidence indicates that honeybees and other pollinators are in trouble. Over 75% of the world's crops require pollination, which is an essential ecological function without which the human race and most of the animals and plants that populate the earth could not survive.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

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The Mystique of the Orchid
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

Perhaps more than any other flower the Orchid embodies the mythology of "green-thumb" thinking. Unless you have grown an orchid and know how easy it is, you may hesitate to attempt adding this legendary and ancient beauty to your garden. Well, you shouldn't. Please, let me explain...

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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 16, 2014

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Freezing Corn: Easy as Child's Play
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

I fondly remember an August tradition from my childhood, when much of the family would converge at my grandmother's home in rural Iowa. For an entire week, my cousins and I helped Grandma preserve the daily haul of sweet corn until we had frozen enough corn for all of our families to enjoy throughout the coming year. If you have never frozen your own vegetables, this would be an excellent first project!

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Fun Feature: Follow the Progress of the SimGar Container Gardening System #2
By Melody Rose (melody)

Every now and then I get a chance to test a product and share my findings with the community. This series of three articles will trial the SimGar system. It is a container planting system that uses traditional soil and simple hydroponics to create a gardening system that is self-contained and easy to use. This second installment will focus on how the seeds germinated and how the little plants are growing.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

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Garden Visitor: The Blue Jay
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Few song birds command attention quite like the blue jay. With its handsome blue-gray feathers and striking markings, this fearless, noisy marauder catches both the eye and the ear.

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Outdoor Succulents for Almost Every Climate
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Viewed as strictly desert plants, it seems incongruous that succulents might be at home in climates which get snow and some freezing. However, these plants are stand outs for their tolerance to cooler conditions, with some that will survive winter's harshest weather.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

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White Turtlehead
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

With a name like "turtlehead" a plant must have something positive going for it. Here is the story about a little-known wildflower whose medicinal uses are much older than we are. It is the one plant that is almost exclusively relied upon by the caterpillars of the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly.

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Roscoea: The Hardy Ginger
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

In Herbaceous Perennial Plants, Allan Armitage writes that “Roscoea belongs in the almost-impossible-to-grow-but-I-must-have-one’ group of plants, such as Meconopsis.” Roscoea comes, in fact, from the same part of the world that the blue poppy does—the Himalayas.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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The Allen's Hummingbird
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Allen's hummingbirds spend the summer in coastal California and the extreme southwest of Oregon. While researching for this article, I found out something interesting. The Allen's hummingbirds in my area do not migrate. I knew that but did not know it was not typical for the species. Only the birds on the Channel Islands and adjacent mainland are non-migratory. The rest spend the winter in Mexico.

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Making a Naturally Elevated Berm
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Lasagna gardening is a way of composting sod and producing rich organic growing beds over time. The process is very simple, requiring just some muscle, newspaper and extra soil. Excavating the area is probably the hardest part of the process and it can be made simpler by marking the bed berm borders before you start cutting the sod.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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What Can Bloom in this Heat?
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

A trip to San Antonio Texas taught me a lot of Southwest history, but it left me one burning question - how can anything actually thrive and bloom in this South Texas heat? Here's a "show and tell" about several heat loving, bright-blooming plants that I saw during my visit. Any one is worth trying in your hot zone 8-plus yard or your less-than- zone 8 pots or hanging baskets.

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Weeds: A Curse To All Gardeners
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

No weed is friend to the gardener, but some are worse than others. Three weeds in particular have begun to pose a real threat to plant life in the midwestern US and northern plains states.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

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Hardy and Tropical Pipevines
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

My recent article about wooly pipevine (Aristolochia tomentosa) made no mention of other pipevines. Many more suitable for gardens exist. Here are a few that may fit into your garden plan.

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Plants That Can Take the Heat and Still Look Great
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

Living in Florida was an entirely different gardening experience for me. I needed to find colorful plants for around our pool enclosure and in our courtyard. I also wanted to find low maintenance plants that would come back year after year and not be too expensive.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

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Get the most from your herbs I: Pinch, pinch, pinch!
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Maybe you blanched at the price of fresh herbs in the produce section this spring, or you were seduced by a bright pot of basil at your local nursery, and you thought, “Hey! This year, I will grow my own herbs!” Now you’ve got leggy basil plants blooming in a big pot, and you’re eyeing the dried herbs in your spice cabinet. It’s not too late! You can still get the most out of your herbs this summer!

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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 9, 2014

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A Visit to Greenland - Part 1: the Native Flora
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

A few years ago I was fortunate to visit the wild yet beautiful country of Greenland. I was both amazed and humbled by both the vast array of wildflowers as well as the flower gardens! In part 1 of this 2 part series I will introduce you to some of the native flora. Read on to get a taste of what I experienced.

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Making Apple Juice and Applesauce with a Mehu-Liisa
By Melody Rose (melody)

Finland is the birthplace of a wonderful tool. The Mehu-Liisa extracts juice from fruit using steam and is a great time-saver for any serious gardener who likes to work in the kitchen with their harvest.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

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August in My Garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)



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How to Freeze Tomatoes
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Theres nothing quite as sweet and juicy as a home-grown tomato. Gardeners who eagerly await the first garden tomatoes find that summer days fly by all too quickly, and soon autumns chill brings tomato season to an end.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

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The Story of Queen Anne's Lace
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Queen Anne's Lace, or Wild Carrot, or Bird's Nest, are all names for the same beautiful frilly white flower. If you live in the continental United States, this flower grows in your state! It was brought to North America by early European settlers as a medicinal herb. Is it a wildflower, a weed, a useful herb or a dangerous invader? There are certainly arguments to every side of the debate.

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In Defense Of Okra: Growing, Preparing, And Preserving A Misunderstood Vegetable
By Melody Rose (melody)

Okra is a very misunderstood vegetable. Either you love it, or hate it. There is no middle ground with okra. This is a historically significant vegetable packed with nutrition, and it deserves to be grown and treated with respect. Okra is easy to grow, has few pests, and every vegetable garden with a climate where it will grow should have some.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Devilishly Beguiling Spiky Solanums
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

When I grew Purple Devil (Solanum atropurpureum), also sometimes known as Malevolence, it reached a height of about 6 feet and stopped a couple of my plant-loving aunts in their tracks. “What is that?” they demanded to know.

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Nighttime Flowers
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

We are used to looking at flowers during daylight. Blooming black-eyed susans or hollyhocks with their parabolic dish-shaped flowers are hard to miss. Though many flowers attract diurnal pollinators such as bees, flies, butterflies and hummingbirds, there are those flowers whose allegiance is to the night and the pollinators that flit about in the darkness. These are the plants of the moonbeam garden whose flowers unfurl as darkness approaches and then close up shop with the morning’s light. These plants often attract moths, nighttime insects and even bats as pollinators.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

No, he never promised me. But now we can finally afford it and I can have any kind of rose garden I want for my birthday. Come along as I design, plan, build and plant my dream rose garden.

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Wooly Pipevine for Pipevine Swallowtails
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

For several years, wooly Dutchman’s pipe has grown in my garden. Before the pipevine, I rarely saw the beautiful pipevine swallowtail butterflies. Now that the pipevine is well established and growing vigorously, the pipevine swallowtails are frequent summertime visitors.

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