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Monday, April 26, 2010

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More Wascally Winter Weeds! Henbit, Purple Deadnettle, and Chickweed
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Warm weather and plenty of moisture has assured that most parts of the country will have a bumper crop of weeds where they don’t belong. I’ll discuss three of the more tenacious varieties in this article.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

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Perennial Plant Association selects Baptisia australis as the 2010 Perennial of the Year
By TC Conner (tcfromky)

Gardeners take note: If you're not keeping up with the Perennial Plant Association's Perennial of the Year winners, you're missing out on a tremendous resource that lets you know the best plants to have in your garden.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

On Saturdays, the Writer's Group would like to say thanks by presenting a "You Supply The Caption" photo. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you the Readers will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just our way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

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Love for Lemongrass
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), is a beautiful, tall, arching plant with dual personalities: it has the willowy visual effect of ornamental grass in the landscape, and boasts a variety of culinary and medicinal uses as an herb.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Clay Critters for Plant Pots: A great kid craft for inside days
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Too cold or wet to get outside? Kids going a little stir crazy? This simple polymer clay project is fun to do and will brighten your indoor plant pots, to boot!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Dear Sheila (3), Plant easy vegetables, learn basic planting techniques
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Spring has most definitely sprung! There's no time to waste in getting vegetables planted. Follow my advice to a first-time-veggie-growing friend, and fellow busy mom, Sheila. In the process, you'll get a good introduction to basic planting principles.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Cutting-edge plant science - A cure for your plant's viral headache?
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

"Take two aspirin and call me in the morning," is a phrase not often thought of as applicable to plant diseases. Recent research, however, has shown that acetylsalicylic acid, the ingredient in aspirin, has a surprising use in the protection of plants from infections. What is even more exciting is what this research revealed about the response of plants to pathogenic infection. . .

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Monday, April 19, 2010

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Loropetalum, Saucy Cousin of Witchhazel
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Gardens in the southern United States are awash with the magenta colors of Chinese fringe flower (Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum). Introduced into the trade in the 1980’s, it has become one of the most popular shrubs for Southern landscapes. Seemingly a bit of a floozy in the springtime, it calms down for the rest of the year and blends into the landscape like a respectable garden citizen.

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A Bleeding Heart That Vines?
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

I was amazed several years ago when I discovered that Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra spp.) come in a vine form. Not only that, but the flowers are yellow!

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

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Grow Mini Cantaloupe On Your Patio? Sure You Can!
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

So you say you love cantaloupe? So you never buy one because you can't finish a whole one before it goes bad? So you don't think you have room to grow melons because you're a patio gardener? Then this article is for you!

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Seed Starting Problems to Avoid
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Believe it or not, many of the most experienced gardeners you’ll ever meet are intimidated by seed starting. Whether it’s the continual need to monitor seed progress, the equipment involved or the sometimes high rate of failure, their trepidation is understandable.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

"You Supply The Caption" photo is a fun opportunity for Readers. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you, the Readers, will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's Garden is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just a way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Celebrate the Marigold!
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

The marigold’s easy care and cheerful colors have made it one of the most popular annual flowers in America. The National Garden Bureau has declared 2010 to be the Year of Marigolds. Celebrate by planting some sunshine in your garden!

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Friday, April 16, 2010

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The Investment Garden
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

In today's sluggish economy, sometimes it feels like the safest thing to do with your hard-earned money is to bury it in the garden. But while stock funds are wilting, your garden can be thriving if you give it adequate water and plenty of horse manure! Read on to find out about some plants you can incorporate to figuratively "be in the money."

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Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)
By Diana Wind (wind)

The more you learn about watercress, the more likely you are to include this tasty member of the mustard family in your diet. Discover gardening information about watercress, and why scientists find this nutrient-rich herb so fascinating.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Flower Pounding
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

Flower Pounding, gardener’s stress relief or dyeing with your garden’s bounty? Ah, perhaps a bit of both. The natural pigments pounded into properly prepared fabric can make a lovely piece of art, and allow you to let off a little steam at the same time.

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Big Gardening in Small Spaces: Amsterdam's Nooks and Crannies
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

The dense population of big cities means little space for yards and gardens. But Amsterdam's love of flowers will not be denied! Every tiny spot that could possibly hold a plant seems to have at least two plants in it. Take a walk through Amsterdam with me, and pay special attention to its nooks and crannies...

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Forbs of the Southern Prairie Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Much of the southern United States is catching on to the native plant movement. The hardest thing for the southern gardener is finding those plants that both look good in our area and will stand up to the heat. These plants can be added to a cottage look garden, they can be mixed into borders, or they can be used to build a full prairie garden.

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Stevia, Sweet Stevia
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Stevia is an herb that has been much talked about in recent years. Reportedly many times sweeter than sugar, it attracts the attention of people who are looking for a non-caloric natural sweetener. Herb gardeners are anxious to include this plant in their gardens for its usefulness and novelty.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

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Homemade Ground Pepper Spices
By Diana Wind (wind)

No need to purchase ground cayenne, ground red pepper, paprika, curry powder, chili powder, or Tandoori seasoning, when you can easily make some from hot and sweet peppers grown in your own garden.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

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Sempervivums – Oh So Satisfying
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

One of my all-time favorite plants in the gardens of my lifetime has been the adorable, easygoing Sempervivums – commonly known as Hens and Chicks or Houseleek.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

"You Supply The Caption" photo is a fun opportunity for Readers. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you, the Readers, will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's Garden is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just a way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

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Decorative Pond Covers
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

Regardless of where I placed the tiny goldfish pond, or the bird shower, in my small yard, the water features would not escape the falling pin oak debris. I had to create covers that would allow sunlight and rain to penetrate, keep out the never-ending fall of leaves, acorns, and twigs, yet blend into the surroundings. I hoped the pond cover would keep potential predators away from the fish, and possibly add a touch of decorative whimsy in the yard, too!

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Monday, April 5, 2010

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"Painting" my garden: What painting my home's inside has taught me about using color outside
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

I've been thinking a lot about colors this winter - of interior house paint, that is! Rather than be totally distracted from gardening, I've been trying to use what I've learned in one arena to apply to the other. For instance, my house is painted - on the inside - like a plant collector's garden. That's going to change.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

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A high altitude-growing passion fruit, the curuba or taxo.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Today’s article is a monograph, which means that the subject is only one plant species and as stated in the title it is about the curuba or taxo.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

"You Supply The Caption" photo is a fun opportunity for Readers. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you, the Readers, will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's Garden is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just a way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Friday, April 2, 2010

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The Other Conradinas
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Besides beach rosemary, which is fairly plentiful in the coastal areas of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, there are five other species of Conradina. Unfortunately, all of the other species are either threatened or endangered. All except one is native to Florida. An article about beach rosemary was published previously on Dave's Garden. Here is a bit of information about the other species.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

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Nursery Offers Exotic Plants and Rare Products
By Lori Geistlinger (McGlory)

Fligh Buhnight Nurseries at Helengone, Arizona, is pleased to announce its recent acquisition of the rare and exotic. This week only, we offer to the public those plants and products recently discovered in remote location along the shores of Nevada, and bulbs previously known only to the Sasquatch in the mountains of Iowa.

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Seed Starting 101: Grow the best TOMATOES ever from seed
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Last year’s tomato blight, possibly carried by commercial plants, has many gardeners thinking about starting from seed. Whether you’ve an experienced seed starter or are trying it for the first time, you’ll find some good tips and step by step techniques here.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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Starting water lotus from seed
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

What could be more beautiful than a blooming water lotus above a tranquil pond? Although water lotus plants can sometimes be hard to come by, they are not impossible to start from seed. Why not take on the challenge of starting one from seed this spring?

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month by Gardening with Children
By Diana Wind (wind)

You will love the theme selected by the American Dietetic Association for this year’s National Nutrition Month. 'Nutrition from the Ground Up' can be celebrated all year long, not just during the month of March. After visiting various children’s gardens in backyards, community gardens, and at camps and schools, I would like to share with you 10 of the best plants to include in a children’s garden (this article includes the first five).

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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Growing Rugosa Roses
By Catherine Smith (doccat5)

The ancestors of the family of the rugosa rose originated on the sandy beaches of northern China, Japan and Korea. They are grown and bred for their disease resistance, extreme hardiness in challenging climates and soils and for their sublime fragrance. They have been so extensively planted along most of the eastern seaboard of the United States, many people mistakenly believe them to be indigenous.

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Lovage
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

With a name like lovage, it had to be a love potion, didn't it? I wasted one whole summer collecting and testing it on unsuspecting, good looking young men, and it didn't faze a one of them. Of course it could have been that they were only ten years old at the time.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

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Forsythia – A Future Spring Yellow Explosion In My Garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

What do you do when someone rips out a plant from your garden and just throws it away? And what if the plant was the only one you had, hardly grown from a rooting branch? Did I mention it was a baby forsythia shrub? Yes, it was and this happened to me, in my own garden. As you might imagine, I was devastated!

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

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Dave's Garden - For Gardeners... By Gardeners. Start to find your way around!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Now that you've found your way to Dave's Garden, can you find your way around Dave's Garden? Do you know about all the nooks and crannies here? And how about all those weird acronyms everyone seems to use - SASBE, DH, MIL, and JM? Let me be the first to welcome you and let me give you a brief tour of MY view of Dave's Garden.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

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Alpine Bellflowers for Wet-winter Climates
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

One of the mainstays in the rock garden are bellflowers. This article will describe the most easily-grown dwarf species that are hardy and tolerant to either rainly or snowy (or both!) winters.

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

On Saturdays, the Writer's Group would like to say thanks by presenting a "You Supply The Caption" photo. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you the Readers will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just our way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Friday, March 26, 2010

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The Huntington Botanical Gardens
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Four years ago I got involved in Dave's Garden and started to upload palm photos to the site. And realized the Huntington Botanical Gardens, right in my ‘back yard’ here in southern California was a treasure trove of potential plant photos of hundreds, if not thousands of other species as well, just waiting for me to collect. Since then I have uploaded nearly 12500 photos of which at least ¼ are from plants at the Huntington Botanical Gardens. Since I calculate then that at least 2% of all the photos on this web site are from this single location, I should at least write an article about the place.

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Cilantro: From Seedling to Salsa
By Nanci Ottoson (ottoson)

Cilantro falls into the same category as spinach, asparagus, and the scent of patchouli--people either love it or hate it. At my house we are true cilantro lovers and can't get enough of it; on the other hand my brother insists that it tastes like soap. I think maybe that's just residue from all those years of talking back, but in any case don't let his opinion sway you--give cilantro a try!

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

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African Violets 101: Make More Plants by Propagating African Violets from Leaf Cuttings
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Does a friend have an African violet you’ve admired for years? Would you like to swap African violet varieties with other enthusiasts? Propagating from leaf cuttings is the way to get new African violets that are just like the parent plants. There’s nothing tricky about it, but it does take patience as you wait for the leaves to root and produce little plantlets.

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