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Monday, September 27, 2010

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Mailbox Garden Tips
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

A mailbox garden can serve as a friendly welcome on your property. It can also quickly become an eyesore if it is allowed to become unkempt. Here are some tips for creating an easy-care planting with year-round interest.

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Sunday, September 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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Saturday, September 25, 2010

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Beginner's Guide to Making Jam or Jelly
By Diana Wind (wind)

Homemade jams and jellies make appreciated gifts from friends and family who have learned basic skills in the art of canning and food preservation. Last season, in our first attempt at jelly making, my husband and I used over seven pounds of our prized homegrown red grapes... and guess what? It didn't gel! Here are a few tips from our lessons learned and a step-by-step beginner's recipe for a simple, fun process that will work like a charm.

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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, September 24, 2010

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How to Make Sunless-Dried Tomatoes
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

You can create sun-dried tomatoes using an old world technique, without canning, freezing, or even the sun, and have the same authentic delectable taste as the expensive imported brands! My sunless-dried tomatoes receive the most compliments and recipe requests of all the garden-crafted gifts I give, so here is how they are made.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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The Hanging Gardens of Campione d'Italia
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Palms, huge magnolias, laurels, pine trees, hydrangeas, roses, colorful oleanders, all growing together in a small town, near the beautiful Lugano lake, surrounded by the Alps. What can be more beautiful?

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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The Quinine Tree
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

If I cut a twig off the forsythia and planted it, very soon I would have two forsythia bushes. If I saved seeds of one of Mom's zinnias, the next summer I had more zinnias than I knew what to do with. And so, I really thought a quinine tree should grow from the powder that the doctor gave Dad to treat his malaria.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

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The ‘Ole Home Place
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Have you ever driven by an abandoned house and wanted to investigate the gardens? Would you take a shovel into these deserted gardens? Before you do that, stop a minute and think...

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Firespike Lights up the Fall Garden
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Firespike is blooming in gardens throughout Florida and much of the Deep South as fall approaches. Gardeners keep a close watch on it, not only because it is beautiful in and of itself, but also because it brings on a flurry of activity from the hummingbirds and butterflies that frequent the area.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

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Junipers: Not Just for Landscaping… Try Cooking and Healing with them!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

The various species of juniper grow as shrubs and small trees throughout North America as well as the Middle East. The seed cones look like berries and most are edible. All of the species of juniper grow berries but some are considered just too bitter to eat. Many also have medicinal properties.

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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, September 18, 2010

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County Fairs and Harvest Festivals
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 year’s bounty.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

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After the Blossoms are Gone: A Gardener’s Melancholia
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Do you find yourself a bit blue when the gardening season ends? Do you actually mourn its passing? If so, you’re not alone.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

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Azolla: A Genuine Super Plant
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Time for a look at a little plant with a big future

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“Are Those From Your Garden?”: Frugal Floral Arrangement
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Try supplementing a modest arrangement from your own yard with a few dollars’ worth of flowers from the grocery store or florist. The resulting bouquet is practically guaranteed to elicit admiration and the question, “Are those from your garden?” How you answer the question is up to you!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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Selected Weird Succulents- Xerosicyos danguyi
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

There are a lot of unusual or 'weird' succulents available in cultivation, all which attract my attention. This is one of the few of those that I can grow easily.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Hummingbirds, Nature's Kamaikazes: Information and tips to enjoying them: Part 2
By Melody Rose (melody)

As summer fades to fall, we prepare to say goodbye to the hummingbirds for another winter. We will miss their jeweled wings and aerial acrobatics. Our feeders sit empty, cleaned, and waiting for their return in the Spring…..

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Star Thistle
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

The star thistle is also known as caltrops, named for the metal traps with four spikes that were used in time of war. I can tell you truly, the star thistle is indeed a trap for bare feet.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

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The Chenille Plant Revitalization Action Plan
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

I walked into the houseplant section of one of the big box stores recently and spotted it: a huge, lone chenille plant in full flower hanging from the ceiling. Quickly procuring it from the hook and placing it in my shopping cart, I instantly became the envy of every gardener in the store.

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Sunday, September 12, 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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Outwitting Backyard Creatures: Bulbs & Plants They Hate!
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Whether your nemesis is deer, or burrowing rodents that dine on your bulbs and ornamentals, plant these critter-resistant varieties, then sit back and smile.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

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Dave's Garden Book Review: Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda J. Amendt
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, September 10, 2010

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Micronutrients: missing pieces of the plant nutrition puzzle
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Plant nutrients include the three primary macronutrients (NPK, or nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) obtained from fertilizers, and the other three macronutrients (calcium, sulfur and magnesium) whose availability is often managed by manure applications, composting and liming. The third group is micronutrients, sometimes called trace elements, or trace minerals. Just because they are needed in lesser amounts than the two previous groups does not diminish their importance or value.

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You Might Be a Plant Nerd
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Since you visit Dave's Garden, there is a very good chance that you like plants. But have you ever felt that your fondness for or interest in plants went above and beyond the average? Do you have an obsession that most consider a bit abnormal, maybe even unhealthy? Do you think about plants all of the time? Do you find it impossible to pass up a plant sale? Do you understand the words in the purple box to the right? Don't look now, but you might be a plant nerd.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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Are You Ready for a Black Petunia?
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

The horticulture industry is abuzz about 'Black Velvet,' a breeding breakthrough in petunia color by Ball FloraPlant.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

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Struggling with What's What, a 'Weird Plant' Collector's Conundrum
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Collecting, growing and photographing unusual or 'weird' plants is a great hobby, but when it comes to identifying these rarer species, it can be a real struggle. The following article discusses some of the problems with finding out what is what.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

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Plant Names from Myth: Narcissus
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

One of the best-known Greek myths in which humans were changed into plants is the myth of Narcissus. But as it often turns out, the story is not quite so simple as it has been told.

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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 to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you'll come up with!

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

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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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Thursday, September 2, 2010

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Drying Hydrangea Flowers
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Hydrangeas have been a favorite decorating subject since Victorian times or before. Artists choose the handsome flowers as subjects for their paintings, and fabric designers incorporate their images into beautiful fabrics for home decorating. Ceramic and porcelain hydrangeas can be purchased, and replicas are readily available in artificial, silk-like renditions.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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Abandoned Gardens: A Peephole into the Past
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Maybe you've seen them. You're out hiking or hunting or taking a drive in the country and there it is. It would look right at home in your garden but looks so incongruous out in the middle of nowhere. Maybe it's an apple tree in a clearing, a rose bush leaning against a crooked fence post, or a clump of narcissus by a jumble of rocks. These could not have been transported by birds or wind. You know immediately that someone used to live here, but there are many questions. Who used to live here? What did they do? Why did they leave? How can these plants survive on their own?

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Garden Pizza, Easy as 1-2-3
By Diana Wind (wind)

Pizza-themed gardens are a fun way to involve children in the garden and teach them about gardening, food science, and nutritious, healthy foods. Making a pizza from scratch is fun and rewarding for both adults and children. A homemade pizza becomes a work of food art, your very own creation to be savored and enjoyed by all, and it's as easy as 1-2-3.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Daffodils
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

It's almost time to order and plant bulbs to bloom in your garden next spring. Daffodils grow at historic sites throughout the south, long after the gardeners who planted them are gone. Here I will discuss daffodils and how and why to plant them.

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Elecampane for Horses
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I spent several summers of my adult life searching for horseweed, only to find out now that I am as old as the hills I grew up in, horseweed is not its name at all.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

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A Hardy Garden Perennial that Flowers Like an Orchid
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Common flower names can be quite descriptive and uplifting (think Morning Glory), but some can be downright misleading and even have a somewhat nasty connotation. Case in point: Melittis, commonly called "Bastard Balm." Some European gardeners turn their noses up at this beauty, because it's not a true orchid and so is considered an impostor. As far as I’m concerned, doing so is their loss.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

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Some potential benefits and medicinal uses of Pomegranate
By Dinakar KR (Dinu)

Most parts of the pomegranate (Punica granatum) tree is useful to remedy many common day to day ailments. It is said to be a 'cure for all ills'. The pomegranate is valued as a powerful medicinal plant and used in folk medicines. Its uses also find mention in ancient pharmacological manuscripts. Its value as a wonderful 'polycrest' is too well known. Here are some of its potentials and medicinal uses of this humble tropical fruit. This shrubby little tree is quite easy to grow in home gardens.

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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, August 28, 2010

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Canadian Bred Roses: The Explorers and Parklands
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Do you live in a cold climate like the Canadian Prairies of US Mid-west? Does growing roses with no fuss seem a fantasy? Well your problem is solved! Why not grow the Canadian bred roses: the Explorers and Parkland roses are among the hardiest hybrids on the market!

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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, August 27, 2010

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Cannaceae: More than meets the eye
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Whether as Canna Lilies, Indian Shot, Queensland Arrowroot or just plain Cannas, most gardeners are familar with species of the Cannaceae genus or Canna family. They are a very popular ornamental with a practically endless range of showy hybrids, a long history as a source of beads for jewelry-makers & a lesser known potential as an important food crop. Love them or hate them, they are hardy & versatile plants with an interesting history & a big future.

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