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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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Thursday, November 18, 2010

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Rhapis palms: the elegant ladies of the palm world
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Few palms are more prized around the world for their beauty as indoor house plants. They are also excellent landscape palms as well. This article serves as an introduction to some of these highly ornamental palms.

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Moss Phlox Paints a Pretty Picture
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Moss phlox (Phlox subulata) blooms reliably in gardens across the country every spring. In my garden, the florescent pink flowers erupt into a showy ground-hugging mass for three or four weeks. For the rest of the year it takes a backseat, but the evergreen, needlelike foliage makes a solid bright green mass that is a perfect background for the brightly colored summer flowers that follow.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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Winter Composting: Retaining the Heat When the Temperatures Drop
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Autumn presents a conundrum to the composting gardener. At no other time of year do we have access to such a prolific array of organic materials with which to build our compost piles. At the same time, with winter fast approaching, it becomes more difficult to provide the conditions under which those organic materials decompose into that fabulously rich, earthy medium that gardeners call compost. Don't despair! There are steps you can take to provide the proper conditions for your garden and kitchen waste to continue its progression into compost, even during the dead of winter!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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Sacred Botany: the Ancients
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Long ago and far away, during a time we can only read about, the same plants that often grow in our gardens were held sacred by those who tended them. This is a journey back in time, and a look at the plants of a younger earth.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

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Some Lines About Spines
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Spines give cacti a very distinctive appearance. Many plants have thorns or spines, but they may be more characteristic of cacti than of any other plant family. Spines come in a wide range of forms, shapes, and colors, and they perform many protective functions. Although the cactus grower may appreciate spines from a functional and aesthetic point, they also can make working with the plants difficult. However, there are some tools and techniques to make the process less painful.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

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The Creole Garlics
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

With a name like Creole, one would naturally assume these garlics originated in Louisiana, but they really were cultivated in Spain and initially spread by the Conquistadors. Creole garlics were classified as silverskins although they don't resemble other silverskins in any way. Botanists assured us, however, that they were genetically silverskins… but it turns out not to be so. [1] They are in a class all their own, and gaining popularity with Creole (and other!) cooks.

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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 13, 2010

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Dave's Garden Book Review: Pomegranate Roads
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, November 12, 2010

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The Little Apple that Could: the story of the ‘Spencerville Red’
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Regional varieties of fruits and vegetables draw people to farmers’ markets and orchards. But who could imagine a local apple as inspiring as it is delicious?

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Monday, November 8, 2010

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Happy, Hunting Grounds
By Jeremy Wayne Lucas (JaxFlaGardener)

Coffee grounds are a free and very plentiful source of organic matter that can be used to enrich and amend garden soils.

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Sunday, November 7, 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 6, 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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Thursday, November 4, 2010

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Amaryllis Adventure: Colorful Surprises Grown from Seed
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Amaryllis! Those huge bulbs that explode upward into enormous blooms bring magic to dreary winter days. Growing them from strange papery seeds can be even more of an adventure…

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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Virgin's Bower
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

There are some 250 known species of Clematis in the world, many of which have been hybridized and have become favorite plants of home gardeners. This is one that is a native of North America and for awhile had a place in the pharmacopeia of the continent.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

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Heaven in the Garden: Blue Flowers and Plants
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Blue--the color of water and the sky--brings a sense of coolness, peace and tranquility to your garden. Whether you desire a vivid blue, pastel sky blue or deep midnight blue, there is a flower or plant to meet your needs.

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Sunday, October 31, 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, October 30, 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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Friday, October 29, 2010

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The Dirt on Math: Calculators and Conversions for Gardeners
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Let me start by saying that I was a journalism major in college. In other words, math has definitely never been my strong suit. So in the past, when it came to trying to figure out how many cubic yards I would need to cover 1500 square feet of garden bed with three inches of mulch, I feared my brain would explode. For those like me, fear no more, and rejoice in yet another reason why the Internet is so fabulous: online calculators.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Craft Your Own Leaf-Shaped Birdbath
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Why buy an expensive concrete birdbath when you can make one? With a bag of cement and some paint you can craft your own one-of-a-kind creation. This is a fun project for a group, and with help and supervision can even be done by children.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Hybrid Palms
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Hybridizing palms is nothing new, but recently there has been an increased effort in creating certain hybrids for a variety of reasons. This article is an introduction to this practice and some of the best hybrid palms.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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Plants and poisons, beware of what grows in your gardens!
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

The plant kingdom does offer a great many delicious tastes but some can prove to be final…as a matter of fact many species which look pleasant and may even produce nice colours and perfumes can have highly destructive effects if ingested or even slightly touched and this concerns quite a few common plants.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

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Don't Guess, Soil Test
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I’ve been an advocate of soil testing for years. I recently did a soil test on one of my rose beds. Boy, did I get a surprise when I opened the envelope.

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The Black and White Sheep of the Wandering Jew Family
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The wandering Jew or spiderwort family (Commelinaceae) consists of 41 accepted genera (APG III) and several hundred species. Many of them are cultivated ornamentals, but others are landscape thugs that we avoid and attempt to banish from our gardens.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

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Out of Chaos a Mystery Plant is Born
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

It's June 1998. I'm sitting in my office in Iowa City staring at the radar on my computer screen. Outside a ferocious storm is raging. The noise from the storm is deafening and only intermittently do I hear the wail of emergency sirens above the roar.

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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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Friday, October 22, 2010

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Herbs around my house
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

How many times have you dreamed of walking on a field full of red poppies and daisies, which are leaning slowly as the wind blows? I am living this dream every summer, when poppies and other herbs are starting to bloom all over the field around my house.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - Soil fertility by the seasons
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

What we eat varies according to the time of day. While our modern diet is often a blend of necessity and impulse, the plant world has a natural dietary cycle that is meaningful to the point of maximizing growth and survival. Let's take a moment and learn from the cycles of field and forest. . .

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The Brown Bug Battle Plan (Stinkbugs)
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

It is bad enough that the smelly brown invaders messed up our fruits, nuts, and vegetables this summer, but now they want to live with us for the winter!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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Turmeric
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Recently I have been seeing the word "turmeric" in magazines or newspapers. When I saw it mentioned in an article about a wedding in India, my curiosity came alive, and I had to know all about it.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

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When You Don't Want It.. Where Is It Needed??
By Jeannette Adams (adamsbydezign)

What do you do with all of the vegetables that you have left over after canning?

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Aucuba, a Shrub for Shade
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Aucuba figures prominently in gardens in temperate climates. And why not? It offers color year-round, attractive, evergreen leaves that light up a shady garden and prime cutting material for floral designers.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

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About Two Crocuses, Dutch and Tommie
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Crocuses are well known and widely grown spring bulbs. These early bloomers are easy to grow and inexpensive, and part of the fall bulb display in just about every store. You probably know the Dutch crocus but there are other crocus species worth growing.. Crocuses are carefree and dirt cheap when you consider the years of beauty they give. Read about how to enjoy Dutch crocus and Tommie crocus in your spring garden.

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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, October 16, 2010

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Going to the beach to pick plums?… YES, Beach Plums!!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Last fall I received a gift package containing 2 jars of beautiful claret colored homemade jelly, made from Beach Plums. I had never heard of them! The taste was outstanding and I wanted some for my own garden. Since I am just starting a small fruiting garden area and still selecting fruits to grow, I started researching all I could find out about beach plums.

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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, October 15, 2010

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Amelanchier - Spring-flowering Shrubs for Multiple Uses
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Amelanchiers are a group of large shrubs and small trees that are quite versatile in the landscape. Ornamental flowers, excellent fall colour, edible fruit....read on to learn more about this group of woody plants!

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