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Friday, October 8, 2010

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Stepping Stones
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

step•ping–stone Pronunciation: ˈste-piŋ-ˌstōn Function: noun 1 : a stone on which to step (as in crossing a stream) 2 : a means of progress or advancement

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

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Horticulture Division - The Standard Flower Show
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Gardeners take delight in growing plants. Opportunities to show their most beautiful specimens to the public are offered at Standard Flower Shows. Not only are these events showcases for beautifully grown horticulture; they are also educational forums that the public can access to determine what kinds of plants can be grown in their own gardens. Read on to learn more about the Horticulture Division of a Standard Flower Show.

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Caryotas: The Fishtail Palms
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This is a unique genus of palms that most may recognize but may not know much about. The following article is an introduction into these unusual palm trees.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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Pressure Canning Phobia – Don’t be afraid!
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Pressure canning makes people nervous. The steam, the rattling noise, the fear that the whole thing will blow up and redecorate your kitchen in “marinara red,” all combine to make even experienced home canners reluctant to try their hand at pressure canning. Fear not! Pressure canners are easier and safer to use than you may think.

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Gardening As We Age: The Home Enabling Garden
By TC Conner (tcfromky)

The aging process cannot be put on hold, but seniors with physical limitations can still enjoy gardening well into their golden years by changing how they garden.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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Lavender Festivals
By Karen Jones (karri_sue)

East, West, North or South, Lavender Festivals are a popular summer celebration in all parts of the country. Purple fields, intoxicated bees and the wonderful smell of lavender wafting through the air await you.

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Aunt Bett's Alum Root: Wild Geranium
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

The flower grew wild, and bloomed from early spring through all of summer. It was a pretty little thing, and most of the time it was a lavender or pink color. On one of my first trips up the side of the mountain to collect it, I threw a fit because Aunt Bett was gathering the root before the pretty little flower showed its first bloom. My fits were long and loud, and they lasted several hours.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

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A Quick & Easy Harvest Apron
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

How many shirts or skirts have you ruined by pulling them up and filling with nuts, herbs, fruits, and vegetables? I ruined a bunch until I finally made myself a harvest apron. Here is my quick fix so you can make one for yourself!

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

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When does a plant name lie? Jerusalem Artichokes
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

A Jerusalem Artichoke is not from Jerusalem and it is not an artichoke. Instead, it is a type of perennial sunflower in the aster family with an edible tuber. They are native to eastern North America, from Maine west to North Dakota, and south to northern Florida and Texas.

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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 2, 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 30, 2010

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Fatsia japonica, a Shady-Loving, Evergreen Shrub
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Fatsia japonica is a landscape shrub that adds a bold, tropical look to the landscape. Large 12-inch wide leaves liberally cover the plant. Gardeners and floral designers alike treasure the glossy, dark green leaves and the imposing presence that it lends to both landscapes and floral designs.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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Cotton Poem: The Indigo Quilts Of Tokushima, Japan
By Melody Rose (melody)

Each April, Paducah, Kentucky hosts the American Quilters Society show and contest. Quilters come from all over the United States, and many foreign countries come to participate. These quilters are from very different walks of life, but share many of the same interests. This year a group of ladies made the journey from Tokushima, Japan with a special exhibit. It seems that Tokushima is an ancient location for making the lovely blue dye known as Indigo

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Monday, September 27, 2010

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Turn Your Big Tomato Harvest into Fabulous Roasted Tomato Sauce
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Several years ago, a DG friend posted a wonderful recipe for Roasted Tomato Sauce. A lot of tomatoes go into this thick, rich tasting sauce. A little sauce goes a long way, though, and the flavor is pure ambrosia. Let me introduce you to the basic recipe, some variations, and methods of putting up extra sauce...

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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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