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Thursday, April 8, 2010

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Decorative Pond Covers
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

Regardless of where I placed the tiny goldfish pond, or the bird shower, in my small yard, the water features would not escape the falling pin oak debris. I had to create covers that would allow sunlight and rain to penetrate, keep out the never-ending fall of leaves, acorns, and twigs, yet blend into the surroundings. I hoped the pond cover would keep potential predators away from the fish, and possibly add a touch of decorative whimsy in the yard, too!

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Monday, April 5, 2010

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"Painting" my garden: What painting my home's inside has taught me about using color outside
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

I've been thinking a lot about colors this winter - of interior house paint, that is! Rather than be totally distracted from gardening, I've been trying to use what I've learned in one arena to apply to the other. For instance, my house is painted - on the inside - like a plant collector's garden. That's going to change.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

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A high altitude-growing passion fruit, the curuba or taxo.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Today’s article is a monograph, which means that the subject is only one plant species and as stated in the title it is about the curuba or taxo.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

"You Supply The Caption" photo is a fun opportunity for Readers. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you, the Readers, will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's Garden is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just a way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Friday, April 2, 2010

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The Other Conradinas
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Besides beach rosemary, which is fairly plentiful in the coastal areas of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, there are five other species of Conradina. Unfortunately, all of the other species are either threatened or endangered. All except one is native to Florida. An article about beach rosemary was published previously on Dave's Garden. Here is a bit of information about the other species.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

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Nursery Offers Exotic Plants and Rare Products
By Lori Geistlinger (McGlory)

Fligh Buhnight Nurseries at Helengone, Arizona, is pleased to announce its recent acquisition of the rare and exotic. This week only, we offer to the public those plants and products recently discovered in remote location along the shores of Nevada, and bulbs previously known only to the Sasquatch in the mountains of Iowa.

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Seed Starting 101: Grow the best TOMATOES ever from seed
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Last year’s tomato blight, possibly carried by commercial plants, has many gardeners thinking about starting from seed. Whether you’ve an experienced seed starter or are trying it for the first time, you’ll find some good tips and step by step techniques here.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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Starting water lotus from seed
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

What could be more beautiful than a blooming water lotus above a tranquil pond? Although water lotus plants can sometimes be hard to come by, they are not impossible to start from seed. Why not take on the challenge of starting one from seed this spring?

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month by Gardening with Children
By Diana Wind (wind)

You will love the theme selected by the American Dietetic Association for this year’s National Nutrition Month. 'Nutrition from the Ground Up' can be celebrated all year long, not just during the month of March. After visiting various children’s gardens in backyards, community gardens, and at camps and schools, I would like to share with you 10 of the best plants to include in a children’s garden (this article includes the first five).

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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Growing Rugosa Roses
By Catherine Smith (doccat5)

The ancestors of the family of the rugosa rose originated on the sandy beaches of northern China, Japan and Korea. They are grown and bred for their disease resistance, extreme hardiness in challenging climates and soils and for their sublime fragrance. They have been so extensively planted along most of the eastern seaboard of the United States, many people mistakenly believe them to be indigenous.

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Lovage
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

With a name like lovage, it had to be a love potion, didn't it? I wasted one whole summer collecting and testing it on unsuspecting, good looking young men, and it didn't faze a one of them. Of course it could have been that they were only ten years old at the time.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

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Forsythia – A Future Spring Yellow Explosion In My Garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

What do you do when someone rips out a plant from your garden and just throws it away? And what if the plant was the only one you had, hardly grown from a rooting branch? Did I mention it was a baby forsythia shrub? Yes, it was and this happened to me, in my own garden. As you might imagine, I was devastated!

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

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Dave's Garden - For Gardeners... By Gardeners. Start to find your way around!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Now that you've found your way to Dave's Garden, can you find your way around Dave's Garden? Do you know about all the nooks and crannies here? And how about all those weird acronyms everyone seems to use - SASBE, DH, MIL, and JM? Let me be the first to welcome you and let me give you a brief tour of MY view of Dave's Garden.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

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Alpine Bellflowers for Wet-winter Climates
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

One of the mainstays in the rock garden are bellflowers. This article will describe the most easily-grown dwarf species that are hardy and tolerant to either rainly or snowy (or both!) winters.

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

On Saturdays, the Writer's Group would like to say thanks by presenting a "You Supply The Caption" photo. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you the Readers will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just our way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Friday, March 26, 2010

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The Huntington Botanical Gardens
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Four years ago I got involved in Dave's Garden and started to upload palm photos to the site. And realized the Huntington Botanical Gardens, right in my ‘back yard’ here in southern California was a treasure trove of potential plant photos of hundreds, if not thousands of other species as well, just waiting for me to collect. Since then I have uploaded nearly 12500 photos of which at least ¼ are from plants at the Huntington Botanical Gardens. Since I calculate then that at least 2% of all the photos on this web site are from this single location, I should at least write an article about the place.

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Cilantro: From Seedling to Salsa
By Nanci Ottoson (ottoson)

Cilantro falls into the same category as spinach, asparagus, and the scent of patchouli--people either love it or hate it. At my house we are true cilantro lovers and can't get enough of it; on the other hand my brother insists that it tastes like soap. I think maybe that's just residue from all those years of talking back, but in any case don't let his opinion sway you--give cilantro a try!

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

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African Violets 101: Make More Plants by Propagating African Violets from Leaf Cuttings
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Does a friend have an African violet you’ve admired for years? Would you like to swap African violet varieties with other enthusiasts? Propagating from leaf cuttings is the way to get new African violets that are just like the parent plants. There’s nothing tricky about it, but it does take patience as you wait for the leaves to root and produce little plantlets.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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No Curse in These Black Pearls
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Who could forget "The Curse of the Black Pearl," the first of the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean movies from a few summers ago? While they won't sprout a Captain Jack Sparrow for you, there are two 'Black Pearl' veggie varieties that have become hits with gardeners.

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Wild Pansy
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

They told me if I slept with wild pansies on my eyelids, upon waking I would see the face of my true love.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

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Ant or Termite? How to Tell the Difference
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

The word Termite strikes fear into many a homeowner's heart. Yes, they aren't a good thing inside your house, but are fine away from the house. First, let's learn if it really IS a termite, then we will discuss non-chemical ways to keep them away from your house, and what to do if they are in the house.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

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The Garlic of Polite Society
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Some plants prove themselves in the landscape. They do so by performing in an exceptional manner over the long haul. Such traits as attractive flowers throughout the summer, low maintenance requirements, and other desirable characteristics combine to make these plants high performers in the landscape. Society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) is one such plant.

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

"You Supply The Caption" photo is a fun opportunity for Readers. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you, the Readers, will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's Garden is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just a way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Friday, March 19, 2010

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Broccoli Raab or Rapini - not broccoli but delicious!
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

This bright green, leafy vegetable seems to take pleasure in confusing people: variously known as Rappini, Rapini, Broccoli Raab, Broccoli Rape, Italian Broccoli, Chinese Flowering Cabbage, Choy Sum, or Turnip Broccoli, it is closer related to the turnip than broccoli. Give it a try sometime: it is delicious and very good for you.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

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Beach Rosemary, a Native Mint
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Beach rosemary is a shrubby evergreen perennial that grows anywhere from one to three feet tall. Endemic to the scrub areas of west Florida as well as coastal areas of Alabama and Mississippi, it is a favorite for native and wildlife gardens within its hardiness range. The beach mouse and other small creatures depend on it for habitat, and hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators sip nectar from it during the blooming season.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Dear Sheila (2), Groundbreaking time in your new veggie garden
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Last month, I helped my friend Sheila choose crops for her very first vegetable garden. Now it's time to execute a "groundbreaking" plan to turn a sixty square foot patch of backyard into a plant-able plot with as little labor as possible, and just in time for spring.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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Wild Senna
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Rarely have I met a plant that I didn't like. I am not known for digging up plants and throwing them out in the trash either. There comes a time in the life of a gardener when she simply has to stand firm: either she goes, or the plant goes, and in this case, I am not budging. I don't think the plant will budge either.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

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Not For The Dogs: The History And Culture Of The Dogwood Tree
By Melody Rose (melody)

One of the most memorable days that I’ve ever had, was driving up the Blue Ridge Parkway one Spring. Everything was fresh and green, and the Dogwood trees looked like lace edging along the underskirt of the forest. Mile after mile of breathtaking scenery, and the Dogwood blossoms were floating like butterflies through the woods, painting a glorious picture that I will never forget.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

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Got Back Pain? Grab those Bagged Leaves! Plant your Taters on Top of the Ground!
By Catherine Smith (doccat5)

This is an easy way to get great yields, clean potatoes, and save your back and knees from the "side effects" of planting your seed potatoes in the ground.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

On Saturdays, the Writer's Group would like to say thanks by presenting a "You Supply The Caption" photo. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you the Readers will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just our way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

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The Thrifty Gardener: Do-it-Yourself Pond, Part 1
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

At the end of this past summer, I set out to build my own pond. I found myself immersed in conflicting research, pricey gadgets and some very confusing directions. In the end though, I came out with a beautiful pond that works perfectly for me. It’s not the fanciest pond and it’s definitely not the end all, be all of ponds, but it works for me. This is the first installment in my guide to building a small backyard pond inexpensively, with some short cuts and some don’t-cuts, and plenty of dumb mistakes to avoid.

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Eat 'em, Mommy! (green soybeans, that is)
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Corn, tomatoes, squash...I could almost pick my seeds in my sleep. Planting the same crops in my little veggie garden year after year is safe, predictable and boring! I garden partly to learn, so trying something new every year is a must. Edamame (edible soybeans) gave me a pleasant learning experience last year.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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To inoculate, or not to inoculate?
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

With so many people now growing a vegetable garden for the first time, the question often arises about using inoculants when planting peas and beans. What IS an inoculant, what does it really DO, and WHY should I consider using one?

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Monday, March 8, 2010

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When Cabin Fever Strikes Organize your Garden Seeds and Shed
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

In the north, we are entering the time of year when we are often confined to our homes for prolonged periods due to snow or harsh cold. Gardeners who are prone to suffer the frustrating symptoms of cabin fever may find this article helpful. At the very least, it will take your mind off your cabin fever with suggestions on how to organize your garden seeds and shed.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

On Saturdays, the Writer's Group would like to say thanks by presenting a "You Supply The Caption" photo. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you the Readers will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just our way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

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Seed Packets, What does it all mean?
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

There’s a lot of valuable information on a seed packet. What does it all mean? How can I use it to my advantage to successfully germinate the seeds inside?

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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Bokashi Composting - The Art and Science of Fermenting Kitchen Scraps
By Sarah Barksdale (barksy)

Our family was never that great at traditional composting. Waste left in the kitchen compost container would inevitably grow foul smelling before it reached the compost pile. This reduced enthusiasm and cooperation, even though we agreed the overall concept of composting was worthy. A few years ago I saw a bokashi container in a garden supply catalogue. The ad mentioned that with bokashi composting, all organic kitchen scraps can be composted; not just vegetable waste, but table scraps and meat too. An article I found mentioned that the waste had a pungent, fermented odor, unlike the foul smell of our traditional compost. Would this new composting technique be a success for my family? Curious, we decided to try it out.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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Hair Herbs
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Those years of streaking plant dyes through my hair have finally paid off. I can honestly tell you that my hair survived those years, and even now it thrives with all the herbs I can pour on it. I thought it was a story worth telling.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

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A House for the Heavenly — Bluebird Nestbox Basics
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

With a dwindling natural habitat, the Eastern Bluebird often struggles to find acceptable nesting cavities. A specially designed and strategically placed nestbox can help in their survival. All you need to know are a few basics.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

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First Gardens
By TC Conner (tcfromky)

First gardens should be ones that hold everlasting memories, and gardens that follow after can add even more. Make the most of those memories!

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