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Saturday, January 1, 2011

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Happy New Year!
By Melody Rose (melody)

Another year has passed and gardeners are already anticipating the possibilities of the new one. We plot and plan for the season ahead and as most folks do at this time; we resolve to make changes. I thought it would be fun to see what some of our members had on their list of New Year’s Resolutions.

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Friday, December 31, 2010

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Cowpeas please! The history and importance of the cowpea plant
By Melody Rose (melody)

In the mysteries that surround Southern food, questions always arise when the talk comes to peas. We Southerners grow and eat our peas with a delight and devotion rarely seen anywhere, much to the curiosity of anyone north of the Ohio River. What we call Peas, and the rest of the world calls peas are two different plants

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

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Wildlife in Winter
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

In regions where plants go dormant for the season and the ground freezes, the transition into winter requires wildlife to find different strategies for survival. Faced with the oncoming cold, creatures either hibernate, migrate, or adapt their behavior to changing conditions. Gardeners, too, may need to do some adapting.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

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Sherman Gardens, a little known botanical gem in Southern California
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Sherman Gardens is a beautiful, excellently maintained gardens 'hidden' in a coastal community in southern California that true plant lovers in the area really need to know about.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

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Fun feature: 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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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Holiday Meals
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Christmas time is everyone's favorite season, full of joy and happiness, lots of yummy food, especially cakes and cookies! During the years, I wrote down lots of recipes, many for Christmas and New Year's Eve dinner, tried some of them and decided I like only a few . But cakes and cookies are the last dishes I make for these holidays... first comes the real food, which takes much more time to be cooked !

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Can Clothes: Fashion, Function & Fun
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

What are the best-dressed kitchens and cupboards sporting this season? Custom Can Clothes! Recycle those scraps of material and old shirts and jeans into decorative cover-ups for fermenting jugs, dry produce jars, or dress-ups for those canned gift-giving goodies! There are designs for sewers and non-sewers!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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What the Gardener Gets for Christmas
By Lori Geistlinger (McGlory)

The dreams and desires of the gardener are different from normal folk. We dream of discovering blue tulips when the rest of the world dreams of winning the lottery. We desire acres of weed-free earth replete with earthworms when everyone else wants a red sports car. Nowhere is the misunderstanding more prevalent than in the gift exchange. We gardeners know what we want, but on gift-giving holidays, what do we usually get?

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Shepherd's-purse
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Solitary children create a world of their own. They figure things out based on their own experiences, and if left to their own imagination for very long, they believe their theories long before they accept those of others. Whew! Was I ever a solitary child.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

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Fun feature: 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, December 18, 2010

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Fun feature: Dave's Garden Riddle
By Melody Rose (melody)

Dave's Garden members enjoy many activities besides gardening, and solving puzzles is a favorite pastime. We're offering this fun Saturday feature for everyone to test their identification and riddle-solving solving skills. We'll have an image or a question for everyone to speculate as to what it is. Just post your guess below and click the link to see the answer. No Peeking!

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Friday, December 17, 2010

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Uprooting a Beech Hedge
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

I love this garden but there are just too many things in my way. This is what I told myself when I moved into my first home with a garden. I have told you part of my adventure but there is indeed more to the story.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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A Kalanchoe for Christmas and Forever After
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a succulent perennial with dark green, rounded leaves that have scalloped edges. Clusters of bright red, pink, orange, or yellow flowers bloom on stems held well above the foliage. Blooming pots of these plants can be found in supermarkets and nurseries during the Christmas season.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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Potpourri: Then and now
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I had homemade sachets and sprigs of lavender stuck in every pocket of every piece of clothing. My shirt pockets might smell of roses, and my jeans might carry the scent of sage and rosemary, but I sure did smell good wherever I went.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

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Shining Stars for Your Christmas Tree
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Do you like chocolate? Yes? I thought so! I do, too and I eat all kinds! But I also like to collect the wrappings, which I'm saving for some eventual use. This is something I've learned from my mom who would save all the chocolate wrappings and use them for Christmas crafts. I still find chocolate covers inside some old books where mom placed them for smoothing!

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

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Pinecone Christmas Trees
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Have you watched ”The Young and the Restless”? I love it! I’ve always admired the Christmas decorations they make for their Christmas episodes. That’s where I first saw a pine cone Christmas tree…it was so cool! So I said to myself ”Why not?” and decided to try making one for Christmas…boy, that wasn’t so easy!

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Fun feature: 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, December 11, 2010

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Blue Hollies: Premier Evergreens for Northern Gardens
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

For gardeners in northern climates, there are relatively few broad-leaved evergreens for us to use. The development of the blue hollies in the 1960 and '70s was a blessing since they provided a hardy plant with very attractive year-round appeal. The red berries, often carried through the winter months, was an added bonus, especially during the Christmas season. There are a surprising number of blue holly selections on the market, varying from under 75 cm to over 5 m. This article will introduce you to the wonderful diversity of the blue holly.

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Fun feature: Spotlight on Holiday Resources
By Melody Rose (melody)

Holidays generally bring out the best in us. We celebrate the season with family and friends, often with traditions passed down for several generations. Christmas trees and wreaths are vital for “decking the halls.” However, what happens if you live in a city apartment, or in an area where the traditional evergreens do not grow?

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Friday, December 10, 2010

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A monument to the worst insect pest in the southern U.S.?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

In the city of Enterprise, Alabama, there stands an alabaster statue of a larger-than-life woman wearing a snow-white gown. She stands in the center of large, circular fountain, and she herself is 13 1/2 feet above street level.. She holds her arms gracefully aloft, and in them is the object of the entire statue's adulation: a boll weevil, the pest that brought King Cotton to his knees... A boll weevil? Huh?

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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Washingtonia Palms: Wonders or Weeds?
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Mexican and California Fan Palms are among the most loved and hated of all the palms. This article will tell you why and how you can grow them or avoid them.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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The Flower of Distinction: Cardinal flower
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Words of praise were hard to come by in my family. I was expected to do what I was told to do, and for the most part I did, never expecting a word of praise. Aunt Bett sure didn't give any flowery speeches, either, so it surprised me when she gave me a flower for a job well done.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

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Spinach as a Cool-season, Autumn Crop
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Autumn has begun to cast its chill over us, and in many parts of the United States, our vegetable gardens are showing sure signs of shutting down for the season. Sweet corn and green beans are squirreled away in our freezers and pantries for winter dinners. The tomatoes and peppers provided their last harvests before the first frosts hit. Late summer and early autumn are the perfect time to clean out the exhausted plants from the mid-season crops, and sow a few last rows of leafy greens to bring the season to a close! Spinach is a prime example of a fast-growing crop that will offer delicious dividends for the minimal effort it takes to sow a few rows. A little planning is all it takes to extend the usefulness of your summer garden into the fall months.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

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Fun feature: 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, December 4, 2010

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Fun Feature: Dave's Garden Spotlight on Our Photo Contest
By Melody Rose (melody)

Our tenth annual Photo Contest wrapped up this week and as always, the entries were stunning. Our talented Dave's Garden members out-did themselves once again and we invite you to take a look at some of the winning entries, along with links to the runners-up.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

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The Christmas Apples
By Jeremy Wayne Lucas (JaxFlaGardener)

A humble, country celebration of Christmas from a simpler time, decades ago...

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Winter refuges for my doggies
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

This year the winter weather forecast is very cold, with deep freezing temperatures and lots of snow. It's time to think about our pets and build them a dog house, if you don't already have one.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

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Saving the world, one compostable chip bag at a time?
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

After years of hue and cry over wasteful packaging, manufacturers are admitting, "The customer is always right. Commercial packaging can be wasteful. We should do better." But will the "world's first compostable chip bag" really save the world?

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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Begonia boliviensis: An Old Plant is New Again
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

If you’re fond of growing tuberous begonias, enjoying them in the gardens of others, or just viewing their photos, you can thank Begonia boliviensis and two Nineteenth Century plant explorers.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

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Fun feature: 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, November 27, 2010

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Growing Orchids for their Foliage
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Most people recognize that orchids are grown for their exotic and in many cases, extremely showy blossoms, but few indoor gardeners would think of orchids as potential foliage plants. Yet there are many that have stunning foliage with flowers being only secondary. Meanwhile, others have both lovely foliage AND great flowers. Read on to learn more about the potential orchids which may be grown as foliage houseplants.

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Fun feature: Ask-a-Gardener
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardening is both art and science, with some luck and skill thrown in for good measure. A big part of what attracts people to Dave's Garden has always been our forums, where gardeners ask and answer questions for one another. Occasionally we come across a question that we find particularly interesting or intriguing. We hope you find these questions (and answers, penned by our admins and writers) helpful as you grow your gardening knowledge!

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Friday, November 26, 2010

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Visiting Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens in Thailand
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

I have twice visited this amazing garden on the other side of the world; it is probably one of the finest gardens in all of Asia, if not the world. It has the most amazing collection of tropical plants I have ever seen or heard of. The following article is a brief introduction to this beautiful place, along with some photos of my most recent trip.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

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Is Your Turkey Green?
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Turkey is traditional holiday fare for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners in households across the U.S. and Canada, with over 280 million turkeys produced each year. But is your turkey “green”?

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Monday, November 22, 2010

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The Three Sisters
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

An Iroquois Indian legend tells of three sisters: the youngest, so small she could only crawl at first, wore green; the middle sister, who liked to run off by herself, wore bright yellow; the third and oldest sister, who stood tall and straight as she watched over her sisters, had long flowing yellow hair and was robed in pale green. After her two younger sisters seem to disappear, the oldest girl mourns their loss, but the three are finally reunited at harvest time.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

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Fun feature: 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, November 20, 2010

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Celery - history, uses, benefits and growing tips
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

In Holland, where I come from, celery root, or celeriac as it is sometimes known, is one of the staples in any household. When I occasionally find it in grocery stores here, I immediately grab it, after which I have to deal with puzzled looks from fellow shoppers and check-out assistants. “WHAT IS THAT?” they inevitably ask. Celery root looks like a giant turnip, but tastes more like a cross between celery and jicama. I nearly always take a few minutes to educate people on the wonderful qualities of this ugly root.

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Fun feature: Dave's Garden Riddle
By Melody Rose (melody)

Dave's Garden members enjoy many activities besides gardening, and solving puzzles is a favorite pastime. We're offering this fun Saturday feature for everyone to test their identification and riddle-solving solving skills. We'll have an image or a question for everyone to speculate as to what it is. Just post your guess below and click the link to see the answer. No Peeking!

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Friday, November 19, 2010

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Dish Flower Garden Part ll: Blue Willow, Blue Onion and Blue Tulip
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

Until the elusive Blue Coleus is found, I will have to be content with the blue varieties found in my kitchen garden. Part II of this series explores the mysteries of the Blue Willow, The Blue Onion and the Blue Tulip dinnerware patterns.

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Floating Jewels: tropical water lilies for container gardens
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Last spring, my friend Karen called to tell me she was going to a local pond store. I’d been wanting to set up a water garden container, so I asked her to please pick up a miniature hardy water lily for me. “Are you sure?” she said. “Hardy lilies just bloom once. You should get a tropical water lily, and it will bloom all summer!” Non-stop blooms? I had to learn more…

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