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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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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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Thursday, August 26, 2010

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Planting a Lily Bulb
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Lilies are the most versatile of bulbs. You can choose from a variety of sizes and blooming times, and a rainbow of colors. The smaller, early-blooming hybrids are bright and cheerful, while the taller varieties are majestically beautiful and often intensely fragrant. Lily bulbs are harvested by growers late in the season, so if you've ordered them ahead of time, be prepared to plant your lilies correctly as soon as they arrive.

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PERILLA!
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

“Look at that beautiful coleus! It’s just huge!” I've heard that exclamation a lot during the past several summers. It’s a common response from visitors to our gardens when they see Perilla ‘Magilla.’

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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It's For The Birds
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Birds really aren't very fussy about where they build their nests. Every year I rescue baby birds that have fallen from a poorly designed or placed nest. They get blown down from weak branches and are left at the mercy of the elements. I have decided to put up as many bird houses as possible to keep them safe, hopefully I can inspire others to do the same.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Goldie and the Heal All Plant
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

There was a little flowering plant that Aunt Bett used often for its medicinal properties, particularly when she was treating little old ladies who had multiple complaints. Take Goldie, for instance, if it wasn't a hangnail it was a dark spot wherever there shouldn't be one. Aunt Bett just said that Goldie liked attention.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

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Viburnums - Queens of the Shrub World
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

Jazz legend Duke Ellington would describe people or things that were in a league of their own as 'beyond category'. In the world of shrubs, viburnums have earned the right to be described as such. They are tough, easy to manage, sometimes spectacular plants, that I often describe as the 'Michael Jordan's of my garden.

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Sunday, August 22, 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'll come up with!

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

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Dave's Garden Book Review: 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners love books, as the number of titles devoted to the subject attest. We thought that a feature spotlighting some of our member's favorites would make a nice Saturday article for our readers. Join us as we review some of the more popular entries in the Garden Bookworm.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

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Heat-Tolerant Malabar Spinach
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

By late May or early June, most folks in the southern United States and other areas with hot summer temperatures have given up on growing lettuce, spinach, and other cool-season greens. There are some heat-resistant selections, but most of them are simply not happy when summer turns up the heat. Malabar spinach, however, thrives in the heat and humidity that even the hottest summer can dish out.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

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An Heirloom Garden
By Chad Bartlett (GardenSox)

We went for the ultrasound with a boy’s name already picked out. I had already decided which baseball cards I would pass down, what I would teach my son about the designated hitter rule, and that I would call him Slugger regardless of his hitting prowess. I imagine most fathers-to-be have similar thoughts. We all want to share what we love. And we all want the people we love to love the things we love.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Tips and Tricks on Keeping Pests Out of Your Houseplants
By Keyring (Marylyn_TX)

If you have indoor plants that you want to keep as pest-free as possible, but you don't want to use a lot of chemicals, then think not only about killing the pests, but also about never letting them in - or at least reducing the influx as much as possible without stressing out totally.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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Harvesting and Using Elderberries
By Melody Rose (melody)

I remember as a child, summertime was the time that we all packed up in the car and headed out to pick blackberries, or muscadines. We’d spend the day filling our buckets, and our stomachs with wonderful sweet goodness. We’d then head home where Mom would make jelly and jam, or simply wash and freeze our harvest

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Monday, August 16, 2010

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Welcome to the Los Angeles Arboretum
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

The following article will introduce the reader to one of the finest botanical gardens in California- the Los Angeles Arboretum.

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Sunday, August 15, 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, August 14, 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, August 13, 2010

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A Garden is a Must: A List for Your New Dream Home
By April (Aunt_A)

Many people think of the basics when buying a home: 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a 2 car garage, walk-in closets, location. However, I added a few more must have items to my list that you might want to consider also. The pictures in this article are from homes that we have worked with in our last 10 years as real estate agents.

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Au menu du jour: brèdes diverses
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

(Read: Today's menu: Greens) This being a garden-oriented article we will talk about greens: plants, veggies and weeds but with one foot set on the kitchen floor as ‘brèdes’ is the subject of the day and the subject suggests that spoons and slicing knives will be here more present than spades or pruning shears.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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For the Love of Luffa, or is it Loufah?
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

Why don't all gardeners try to grow luffa gourds? There are so many uses for this sponge-filled novelty. The immature fruit is a healthy vegetable prepared like squash, it does not cross-pollinate outside it's species, and when fully grown, can be put to work scrubbing and cleaning, insulating and sound-proofing your tool shed, filtering and straining, and to create useful handcrafted items!

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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About Pliny
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Hang on, my friends. We are about to take a fast journey back in time to revisit some ideas you might already know, about facts and fiction, fables and fantasies.

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Superfruit ~ Acai Berry, Euterpe oleracea
By Diana Wind (wind)

Last October the National Restaurant Association surveyed over one thousand chefs asking them to predict ‘what’s hot in 2009’. More than half (73%) predicted superfruits would be a hot trend. Goji (pronounced go-gee) and Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) and their related products are indeed hot sellers this year. Can we grow these Superfruits in our gardens?

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Monday, August 9, 2010

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The Invaders: Rudbeckia
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

I used to be innocent. I used to be trusting. When a neighbor said, "Would you like some of these black-eyed Susans?" I never hesitated to plant them in my own garden. Now, being wiser and more disillusioned, I understand the universal truth: that when a gardener has large amounts of a plant she is eager to give away, there is usually a reason.

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Pleasing Persicarias
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

It was Wolfgang Oehme* who first introduced me to Persicarias--actually, not the man himself, but an article in which he mentioned Persicaria polymorpha (Giant Fleeceflower). I was impressed by the stature of this plant (six feet tall and just as wide), its fluffy plumes of white, the fact that it blooms throughout most of the growing season, and that it’s hardy in our zone 5 garden.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

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Weeds!!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Are weeds taking over your gardens? Do you avoid said gardens because the thought of removing those weeds seems like too daunting a task? Here, hopefully, I'll share some secrets of mine on how to handle those weeds.

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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 7, 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 skills. We'll have an image or a question for everyone to speculate as to what it is. Just post your answer below and click the link to see the answer. No peeking!

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Friday, August 6, 2010

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Hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpureus)
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus) is an attractive vine that bears showy lavender to purple pea-like flowers. After the flowers fade, the show continues as bright purple beans grow in clusters above the foliage. Outside the tropics, most people who grow this handsome vine save seeds and grow it as an annual because they become accustomed to the tropical lushness that it lends a landscape.

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Extreme birdhouses; designed and built by DG member John Looser
By April (Aunt_A)

These birdhouses are unbelievable and amazing. John, a Dave's Garden member, designs and builds what he calls "Extreme Birdhouses"; some of these weigh hundreds of pounds. Click on this article to see many pictures of John's famous designs and to read the story of how these birdhouses grew from the ashes of his destroyed dreams.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

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Free Plants from Cuttings: Propagating Pelargoniums and other Woody Herbs
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Summer won’t last forever, and if you’re like me you have more containers of tender scented geraniums and other perennials than you have sunny window space inside. Do you shrug and tell yourself you’ll buy new ones next year? Do you scramble to build a greenhouse? No worries. Make room for a favorite or two, and take cuttings of everything else!

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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Beyond the Tomato, Planting for the Food Pantry
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Stop for a minute and remember how good those home grown tomatoes tasted last summer. Did you pick fresh greens for your summer salads? How about that fresh pesto you served when company came for dinner? Now think of never having fresh veggies or fruit, but everything from a can. It isn’t my intention to make you feel bad, but to encourage you to plan now to grow a bit of extra for sharing this coming year, and to think beyond the wonderful tomato. Food pantries and soups kitchens across the country can use the bounty of your garden to spice up the life of their customers.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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Organic, What Exactly Does it Mean?
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

With all of the recent publicity about goods imported from China that contain harmful substances, I believe we need to become more concerned about what we and our families eat. If the Chinese put antifreeze in toothpaste and use lead-based paint on children’s toys, no telling what is contained in imported foods from that region. One way to ensure food safety is to buy organic foods grown in this country.

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Castor oil, anyone?
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Sometimes beauty is deceiving. Roses come with thorns. Moonflowers are highly toxic. There is so much to remember about plants, is it worth it to have these hidden dangers in our gardens? Well, of course it is.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

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The Miracle of a Seed
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

I wasn't raised to be a religious person, although I now go to church fairly regularly. I'm not sure if I believe in God or not; sometimes I do, fervently, sometimes I don't. But when I think about the wonder of a seed ... it's hard not to be awe-struck and amazed.

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