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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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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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Sunday, August 1, 2010

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Gardening Safely in Hot Weather
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Summer's here and it's HOT! Our beautiful gardens aren't the only things that suffer from high temperatures and suffocating humidity. Be aware of how the heat can affect YOU while carrying out your gardening chores.

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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, July 31, 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, July 30, 2010

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Common Outdoor Spiders: Know Them, Love Them
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

I’ll never forget Easter morning, 1991. I was in the kitchen making Sunday breakfast, while my then-husband Derek was at the dining room table, dutifully writing out some bills. Suddenly, I heard a genuine fear-tinged yell, followed by some completely unrepeatable cursing.

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Cross-Quarter Days
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

From ancient times, people have acknowledged and celebrated the solstices and equinoxes. Some people took this a step further and also observed the day half way between the respective solstice and equinox. These days became known as cross-quarter days. Though shifted a little from the exact half-way point, they have survived into historic times as Halloween, Candlemas, May Day, and the lesser-known Lammas. Cross-quarter days were the start of the traditional seasons. Modern Americans tend to associate the seasons with the weather and temperature, but in more agrarian times, the seasons were associated with what the crops where doing.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

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The Standard Flower Show: Collections and Displays
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Collections and displays may be included as a section in the horticulture division of a Standard Flower Show. They add pizazz and distinction to shows, delight the public, and give exhibitors a chance to display the best of their favorite plants.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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Goatsbeard
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

It was never in my plans to get into trouble. Somehow, it just happened, much like the cartoon character of years ago who walked around with a dark cloud over his head. This is the story of a nondescript plant that is no longer known for much of anything, but when I was growing up, it was found often on our dinner table.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

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Gardening for Cats: Lessons I learned from my Four Frisky Felines
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

I have always loved to garden, however, I have not always loved cats. Our first cat came when a pregnant female abandoned her kitten in our crawl space. It was April, and it was the first year of our grass-less front garden. I was eager to get out there and plant, so I toted my 3 week old adoptee in a 5 gallon bucket – and she began to teach me how cats garden!

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Blue to Die For -- Delphiniums
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

No other blue quite measures up to the almost iridescent hues of delphiniums commanding the highest post in the garden. Though short-lived, these wonderful old-fashioned flowering plants are well worth cultivating for their magnificent hues--not only blue, but deep purple, pale lavender, palest pink, and snow white.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

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Old-fashioned Bean and Pea Shellers
By Terry Lea (Terry)

On Saturdays, we like to mix things up with something a little out-of-the-ordinary. This week's spotlight is on garden tools, and we're starting out with a unique tool that is a throwback to an earlier era. You've probably seen apple and potato peelers, cherry pit and strawberry cap removers. But unless you live in the southern U.S., you may have not seen a bean or pea sheller. Read on to learn more...

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Friday, July 23, 2010

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Ruth Stout - Gardening Stalwart
By TC Conner (tcfromky)

Margaret Roach was "Martha Stewart Living" magazine’s garden editor and editorial director for 15 years. After “retiring” in 2008, Margaret started producing her own gardening media content and it was through her website that I first learned of Ruth Stout.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

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The Little Healing Breads
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Have you ever eaten a French hollyhock's fruit, those small round seeds called "cheeses?” I have, as a child while playing outside with my dolls. My grandma told us that those seeds were edible and that they were called ”little breads.” Since we had so many marsh mallows everywhere on our playground, the "little breads” were perfect for cooking lunch for our dolls, especially when we could eat it for them!

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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The Thrifty Gardener: Do-it-Yourself Pond, Part 2
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

In this second article of the Do-it-Yourself Pond series, I will address finishing your pond, water quality issues, and adding plants. You've gotten the hard work done and now it's time to have fun and start enjoying your pond.

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Aunt Bett and Aunt Mint: Wild Mint
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I thought I knew all my relatives until I heard the grown ups talking about Aunt Mint. They whispered when her name was mentioned, which only served to get my curiosity going full force. This is a story of whispers and sadness, and how even today it makes me smile. This might be a skeleton in my closet.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

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Super Scented Geraniums: Pelargoniums for Fabulously Fragrant Containers
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

If the only geraniums you’ve ever sniffed are the lovely but scentless Martha Washington Geraniums in your grandma’s windowbox, you are in for a treat! Welcome to the fragrant world of Pelargoniums.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

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One plus one equals $10,000 ? ! ?
By April (Aunt_A)

Did you learn this math in school? One teacher, a Dave's Garden member with the user name lilydaydreamer, plus one passion for daylilies equals unbelievable. Lilydaydreamer (also known as Lisa) is teaching her school children wild lessons. You've got to read this article to believe what Lisa and her students have accomplished!

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

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'Shrubby' Penstemons
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Do you love Penstemons but live in an area appears to be too wet? Then don't despair! There is at least one group of Penstemon that thrive in wet-summer areas. They are dwarf, mostly evergreen and make wonderful additioons to the front of the border or in the rockery. This group is called the 'Shrubby' Penstemon or botanically, species from the subgenus Dasanthera.

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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, July 16, 2010

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Can’t Grow Bell Peppers? Here’s a Ringing Endorsement for Some Alternative Sweet Pepper Varieties
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

I’ve struggled to grow bell peppers in my garden. Prolific varieties like ‘California Wonder’ produced small peppers for me. Other plants produced beautiful golden or red bell peppers, but only one or two per plant, per season. I tried many hybrids before realizing I had to learn to think outside the bell…

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Beach Botany
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

There are a lot of things one can do at the beach - swimming, fishing, surfing, kite flying, walking, beachcombing, bird watching, sun bathing, jogging, tidepooling, kayaking, botanizing... Botanizing? Yes, identifying, observing, and examining plants at the beach can add to your day of fun.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

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The Standard Flower Show -- Combination Plantings
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Ask three people what constitutes a combination planting, and you’ll get three different definitions. All of them would be right, unless they were entering a Standard Flower Show sponsored by a club that is a member of National Garden Clubs. In that case, there are very specific correct answers.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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The Dirty Half Dozen: Six Insects That Are Harmful To Vegetable Gardens
By Melody Rose (melody)

In the past year, more people have decided to raise their own vegetables for a great number of reasons. The upsurge of first-time vegetable gardeners is quite noticeable. They have a hard time deciding what is a beneficial insect, and what insects will do their gardens harm. Here are six different insects that you do not want hanging around your vegetables. We will call them The Dirty Half Dozen.

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Aunt Bett, Aunt Elen and Headache Cures: Feverfew
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

One might think that one great aunt is enough to add spice to your life, but I had another one who added nothing but vinegar. The trouble was, I worried more about her than I worried about Aunt Bett. I shouldn't have, she very nearly outlived me.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

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Introduction to Aloe Hybrids
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

There are potentially an almost limitless number of these hybrids, and some of them are among the most popular and commonly grown of all the aloes. This article will introduce the reader to a few of these ornamental succulents.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

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Zephyranthes, The Magic Rain Lily
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Mirror, mirror of the pond, which is the fairest rain lily in the world?

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A large and colorful family, the Acanthaceae. (Part three)
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Ah, here come my friendly visitors with seed baggies ready and pruning shears firmly clenched in hand, ready to get some more material from today’s tour in the garden as they know we are going to meet with another set of members of the Acanthaceae family.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

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Japanese Maples 101
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Japanese maples are often considered one of the most lovely garden trees. Certainly few garden plants exhibit such variation in habit, leaf form and colour. This article will be the first of several devoted to this most elegant of garden plants. Here will be described the cultural requirements of Japanese maples, how to plant and how they are placed into their various groups, based on size or leaf shape.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

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The Brazilian (Canna) Skipper
By Deb Magnes (debnes_dfw_tx)

The Brazilian Skipper is 100% butterfly, even though it has been commonly mistaken for a moth. The flight motion of the skipper is usually quick, skipping from flower to flower, for such they were named. They drink nectar from flowers, and skip only in the daylight hours. Not at night when moths are most active. As a caterpillar, they are not favorably recognized. One might even say they are the underdogs of cats. What if all they need is a formal introduction and a little more information? Then all is well...let's just start all over again!

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Easy tree swings mean happy kids (and parents)
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Take one sturdy shade tree, add two easy swings ideas, and invest just a little time and money. The payoff comes as a million kid-hours of outdoor fun while you watch from the hammock.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

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Cheddar Pinks: sometimes pink, never cheesy!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

When I first started gardening, a visiting friend brought me a terracotta pot with small mounded blue-gray grass looking contents. He assured me they (it?) would not only survive, but thrive next summer. I really didn’t appreciate it for 2 more years until one spring day I walked out my front door and was mesmerized by a sweet-spicy clove scent gently wafting from the delicate pink blooms. I was hooked, and now always have some growing in my garden.

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Spider Mite Rose Attack
By Diana Wind (wind)

Usually insects and arachnids live in our gardens peacefully, and we don’t even know they are there. Every now and then, though, they declare war on us, and our plants show signs of attack. Spider mites are a common garden pest that can severely attack when conditions are right. When they feast on beautiful roses, they create a not-so-rosy picture.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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Seaside Plants
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

As gardener in a seaside community you need to always consider your choice of plants based on their saline-resistance. Not just salty soil, but especially salt-laden winds can wreak havoc with your beautiful plantings. Fortunately there are a number of plants that are eminently salt-resistant. Because of my location I will concentrate here on plants that grow in the beach areas of Florida.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

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Predator Insects: Nature's Ninjas
By Melody Rose (melody)

Creeping as quietly as a ninja, striking faster than a rattlesnake, they are part of the drama that goes on in every garden. They go about their business silently, and mostly unseen. These creatures are a necessary part of a well functioning eco-system. Even though they may not be loved by the squeamish, predator insects provide balance wherever plants grow. Some will be familiar, and others will surprise you.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

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Introduction to Gasterias, Common and Easy Succulents for the Garden and Pottery
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Gasteria are neat, compact, easy-to-grow succulents from South Africa that are very common in the nursery trade, but probably should become even more so. This article serves as an introduction to this wonderful genus.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

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Wildflowers of the "Little House" Books
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

“There are no hothouse blossoms that can compare in beauty and fragrance with my bouquet of wild flowers.” So declared Laura Ingalls Wilder decades after her pioneer childhood. As a little girl, Laura thrilled to the colors and scents of the wildflowers she encountered in the woods and vast prairies of newly settled American territory. As an adult author, she used her memories of the natural world to bring the historic Midwest landscape to life in the “Little House” books.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

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ColorChoice 2008 Introductions
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

Interested in gorgeous spreading roses that do not require spraying? What about a hydrangea that will bloom every year, starting in mid-summer, with foot - long panicles that turn from white through shades of pink? Those are just two of the 2008 introductions from the folks at ColorChoice®, the source of many of today's top flowering shrubs.

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Hibiscus sabdariffa (Roselle)
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The roselle is up and growing again this year. While it is pretty enough all summer long with its dark green, deeply dissected leaves and red stems, that’s only the beginning of the show. As the season progresses, it gets better as the flowers bloom and the bright red calyces line the stems.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Tomato Plants Getting Spotty? Don't Panic! How to Prevent and Treat Tomato Blights
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Last summer’s runaway “late blight” wiped out tomato harvests for a lot of us and left us ready to panic at the first sign on disease on our plants. If you see signs of problems on your plants this summer, don’t despair. Late blight isn’t the only possibility, and most of the alternatives are far easier to both prevent and treat!

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