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Thursday, November 19, 2009

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The Intriguing Fragrance of Banana Shrub
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

When I first smelled a banana shrub (Magnolia figo) in bloom in a friend’s garden, I began an immediate search for one to add to my garden. Sometimes we humans, as enthralled as we become with fragrant plants, forget that they do not produce scents just to please our sense of smell. Scent serves an important biological function for plants by attracting pollinating creatures that are necessary for the survival of the species.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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Making Your Own Bird Cakes, Rendering Fat for Suet
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

The birds in your neighborhood don't care if you spend $1 or $20 for the suet in the feeder. Here is the frugal way to make your own for next to nothing, plain or fancy! Why render the fat? A good question that will be answered if you keep reading...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Job's Tears - A Fascinating Plant
By Diana Wind (wind)

Participating in seed swaps here on Dave's Garden sure has wonderful rewards. In a swap last season I received seeds for a plant called Job's Tears, Coix lacryma-jobi. A member of the Poaceae (grass) family, it is quite a fascinating plant.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

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Recycling for Birds — Food for Thought
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

Pack rats take notice! Put your scraps and castaways to use in the garden for the birds.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

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Recycling - Good For The Environment, Bad For My Kitchen
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

They said it would be easy. They said we wouldn't even notice. They said it would become second nature. They lied!

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

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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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The Siberian and Sino-Siberian Iris Species
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Most of you are familiar with Siberian iris but todays array of hybrids had humble beginnings. This article will introduce you to the wild Siberian iris species. While not as flamboyant as the modern hybrids, they have a certain grace that allows them to be included in any beardless iris collection.

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Everything you could ever need you already have: You can reuse everything
By Dana Garmon (iris28)

There are two reasons to reduce, reuse and recycle. The first one is obvious: we are ruining the earth with all the items we thoughtlessly throw away. The second reason is the increasing expense of everything we buy. Now is the time to put to use all the great ideas our frugal friends have been using for years.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

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Philodendrons - Spotlight on the "Tree Types"
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

These are among the largest of the plants in the genus Philodendron, producing thick trunk-like stems and cord-like roots that can wrap around nearby trees or anchor to the ground like guy wires. Known also as "tree philodendrons", they are spectacular in the tropical landscape but can become unwieldy indoors . . .

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Recycling Kitchen Waste
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Every day people send perfectly good natural insecticides and soil amendments to the landfill. Many of them are not gardeners and don’t really realize the gold they’re throwing away, but some of them are gardeners who just have not yet discovered the beneficial properties contained in kitchen wastes. I, too, was a doubting Thomas until solid evidence made me a believer.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Dare to Dig
By TC Conner (tcfromky)

Digging bulbs and tubers for use next spring is a good thing, and it can prolong the time you get to spend in the fall garden before the snow flies.

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Recycling Fall Leaves & More as Fabulous FREE Garden Mulch
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Now is a great time to gather free mulch for your garden! Fall leaves (from your own yard or from the whole block), tree trimmings, old newspapers and cardboard boxes, and other reclaimed materials can be used to reduce weeds and enrich your soil.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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A stinkin’ pack-rat, or a good recycler?
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

My family calls me a pack-rat, and I guess that is what I am. The reason for this obsession is, once I find a use for something; I see it as a raw material, not trash. I collect as much raw materials as possible and keep a check on the recycle bins, just like our midnight marauding skunk, to see what I have to work with before I start a project.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - What Do They Mean?
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

These three Rs are very familiar, but have you really thought about what the words mean? They are not three words that mean basically the same thing. They are not some sort of environmental trinity of three equals. They are a hierarchy based upon the use of fewer resources and less energy. Recycling is good, reusing is better, and reducing is best.

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Aunt Bett's Common Cold Cures
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I am the world's worst patient, and I am at my worst when I have a cold. Common colds seem to grab me at the most inopportune times, when the sun is shining and it's warm, when it's holiday time and company is coming, or when I have to make a presentation to a hundred people. Ahhhh, but I have some secrets about cold remedies, thanks to my great Aunt Bett, and truly they work!

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Monday, November 9, 2009

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Getting To The Root Of Things. The Rutabaga: Its History, Uses, and Culture
By Melody Rose (melody)

The Europeans have a secret. They have a wonderful, healthful vegetable that for the most part, Americans do not use like they ought to. The common rutabaga is seldom seen at produce stands and grocery stores. It’s time that this vegetable is introduced to a whole continent of potential fans.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

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A most useful tropical plant: the coconut tree
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Sometimes referred to as the "tree of life" or the "100 uses tree," Cocos nucifera is not only a common sight of any tropical shore, but indeed a highly useful plant. Let us get a closer look at this marvel of nature.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

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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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Less Well-Known Bellflowers for the Border
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Recently I described the more popular border-type bellflowers. In this article, I will intoduce you to uncommon yet equally desirable border bellflowers that are well worth trying to find!

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Friday, November 6, 2009

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Cooperative Extension, Your Gateway to Knowledge
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Farmers and Gardeners across this great country owe a debt of gratitude to the late congressman Justin Morrill, of Vermont.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

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Be a Tulip Maniac! It's Time to Shop for Spring Color
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Tulips! In the Netherlands, they're everybody's favorite flower, the definitive harbinger of Spring. The speculative bubble of Tulip Mania may have burst centuries ago, but Tulipa mania is alive and well in the hearts of gardeners everywhere! With bulbs going on sale now, this is a great time to join in the excitement.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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The Jungle in my House
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I must be a creature of habit. I take my houseplants outside the first week in May, and I bring them back inside the middle of October. I have repeated this activity for at least the last fifteen years. The problem is, I really don't like houseplants.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

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Introduction to Succulent Senecios
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Senecio is one of the largest genera of flowering plants there are with thousands of species found all over the world. Though most are not, some are succulent plants with excellent drought tolerance and great plants for growing in pots and the landscape in a variety of different climates. It is this much smaller group of Senecios that will be discussed in this article.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

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Native American Honeysuckles and their cultivars
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

I began to grow native honeysuckles several years ago after falling in love with the Asiatic varieties but disliking their invasive habits in our American soil. I have found them to be drought tolerant and easy plants to grow. Casual gardeners frequently ask what they are - isn’t it nice to know that such an interesting plant can be native to our habitat?

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

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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, October 30, 2009

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No koi allowed: fancy goldfish and indoor water-gardens
By Dana Garmon (iris28)

Water gardens don't have to be large in-ground koi ponds. Many of us don't have the room or money to dig up our yard and build a pond. Maybe your health keeps you from being outside as much as you like. Or you want to bring the joy of water gardens into your house for constant enjoyment. Here is a basic overview of fancy goldfish and indoor water-gardens.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

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Sweet Olive, an Evergreen Shrub with Fragrant Flowers
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Sweet olive (Osmanthus fragrans, Zones 8-10) is one of the horticultural treasures that Southerners enjoy in their gardens. We have only to step outside in late winter or early spring when the sweet olive blooms to detect its heady scent wafting on the air. For those of us who enjoy fragrance in the garden and live in regions with mild winters, the sweet olive is a “must have” plant.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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A letter to my daughter
By Sheri Williams (WigglyPaw)

Since I can't be with my children, I often imagine walking with them through my gardens.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

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Grow Some Cover Crops For Rich Green Manure
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

As a gardener you have most likely been told time and time again, the key to good planting is good soil. There's no getting around that really. Most plants require a healthy, nutrient-rich soil. While there are many ways to achieve this, I will share with you a fun, inexpensive way to improve your soil.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

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Vines of Reunion Island, Part 4
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Here we come once again, vine lovers! The three preceding articles introduced climbers which are found on Reunion Island although all are exotic or indigenous, the endemic ones are very few and often not very showy therefore we will stay with species from various parts of the world.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Life Filled With Stress? Find Peace in the Garden
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

The feeling comes quickly, the knot in your stomach, the pain crawling up from your neck into your head. Tension and stress! You could take a pill, but a better solution is to go play in your garden. Try this when you feel like you've been sitting in a patch of prickly pear cactus.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Hibiscus: the tropical miracle in my home
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I got used to classify my plants in “good” and “difficult”. I don't call them “bad” if they are difficult to be grown indoors and always try to learn more so I don't lose them. But this time I won't write about the “bad” plants. On the contrary, I'll tell you about the best plant I have, a plant which became like an old friend to me, the Hibiscus.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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White Pines and the role they played.
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Some trees will stop erosion, and will give us much needed shade. The white pine was one of those trees, but I don't think my dad knew that 100 white pine trees was about 50 too many.

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Fractals in Nature - An Introduction to Organized Chaos!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

The beauty we enjoy in our gardens and indeed, in the entire natural world, seems so awe-inspiring at times that it brings us to speechlessness. But what if you learned that, instead of "evolutionary" origins, we should be looking for "iterationary" origins of the world and all in it? In this article I will introduce you to the fascinating and wonderful world of fractal geometry as it relates to the natural realm . . .

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

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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, October 16, 2009

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Making a zen garden: Your garden is your spa
By Dana Garmon (iris28)

Now is the time for planning your new spring additions. Zen gardens require no water, minimal plants, but can rejuvenate your soul. Here is how to add a serene stress relieving spot to your garden.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

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Clay Soil: A Real Challenge
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

For a potter or sculptor, abundant clay soil is Nature's goldmine. Thick and sticky, its natural strength and water resistance are prized by artisans, but despised by gardeners.

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Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo)
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Arbutus unedo (ar-BYOO-tus YOO-nee-doe), sometimes called strawberry tree or cane apple, is a slow-growing broadleaf evergreen small tree or large shrub. As a member of the Ericaceae (heath) family, it claims such relatives as blueberry and azalea. A number of attributes make it a great selection for landscapes within its hardiness range.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Why Do I Garden?
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I’ve been asked that question many times in the 40 plus years that I’ve been gardening. Non gardeners don’t seem to understand what it is that attracts us to play in the soil and grow “things”.

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Wallflowers
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

When I was growing up, I identified with the wallflower. It had a habit of clinging to walls and I had a habit of clinging to the sidelines of certain social events. I quickly outgrew that habit, but the wallflower still clings to rock walls.

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