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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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Sunday, October 11, 2009

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Grow plants that give glowing health
By Dinakar KR (Dinu)

I intend to share some hints about a few plants that possess medicinal value and are in wide use. Medicinal herbs are too numerous and the subject itself is too vast to cover here. This is not an exhaustive guide, but just a little window to that world where one can take a peek and have a "dekko."

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Canning and preserving: Not just fruits and vegetables
By TC Conner (tcfromky)

Some just don't have the necessary skills for accomplishing much when it comes to food preparation. This means staying out of the way in the kitchen.

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Saturday, October 10, 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 9, 2009

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From Abelia to Zinnia: A Gardener's Introduction to the History and Origins of Botanical Plant Names
By Elizabeth MacInerney (shearson)

As a gardener and student of horticulture I am fascinated by botanical Latin. Why is rubrum used in naming Red Maple and rubra used for Red Oak? Isn't red, red? What's the connection between Hosta fortunei and Euonymus fortunei? Many plant names in use today have a rich history stemming from ancient times, old world linguistics and early naturalists. This subject matter is extensive; I humbly offer a small sampling to whet your appetite.

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Milkweeds: which one's for your garden?
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

"Monarchs need milkweeds." That's practically Rule # 1 of butterfly gardening. But a novice gardener could easily be frustrated by the challenge of choosing the right plant. Let me help you understand what IS a milkweed, "monarchically" speaking, what isn't a milkweed and how to choose the right milkweed for your garden.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

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Put a Little Love in Your Heart
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Monday, September 21, was Peace Day. How did I find that out? I went to YouTube looking for something completely unrelated and the Peace One Day video was featured. I thought about what gardeners could do to increase the awareness of this wonderful day.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Santa Ana Winds
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

The wind roars in the tall pine trees on the next street. It blows so strong that it slides open the screen door. The fig leaves in the driveway are from a house half way up the street. Something makes the goldfish extra skittish. There is not a cloud in the sky but it is a storm. It is the Santa Ana winds.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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Pickled Corn
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

It wasn't until I was in college that I realized my food preferences were not normal. We had a really good cafeteria located on campus that offered vegetable plates, with lots of food choices. Sometimes I asked for foods that brought strange looks to the faces of those ladies who worked in the cafeteria. You should have seen them when I asked for pickled corn.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

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Harvesting seeds that hurt
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Spiky, prickly, and thorny seedpods can make for an ouchy seed harvesting experience. Where exactly are the seeds and how do you get them out without losing a finger?

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Making Your Own Ketchup, the New Old-fashioned Way!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

This was my first summer as a serious tomato grower. Well, okay, I had an EarthBox. I had heard all about getting stuck with too many tomatoes and seen the recipes for creative ways to use up extra tomatoes. I had tomato-stars in my eyes with pictures of roasted tomato sauce, salsa, and all the wonderful things you can do with tomatoes, as well as plans for sandwiches, and salads. My imagination knew no bounds when it came to the wonderful things I was going to do with my surplus.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

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Vines of Reunion Island, Part 3
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

We continue through the gardens, forests and ravines of Reunion in search of the Holy Vine…We already have seen a few interesting climbers and lianas but there are a lot more waiting for us out there, so let’s go again!

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

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The Genus Filipendula: the Popular Meadowsweets
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Filipendula have long been popular among temperate gardeners. Surprisingly, there are only a handful of members from this genus commonly grown. In this article I will introduce you to this wonderful genus which includes the Queen of the Prairie, Queen of the Meadow and the various Meadowsweets.

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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 2, 2009

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Colorful Kale: Using Ornamental Kale To Brighten The Fall Landscape
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

The weather’s getting cooler, and soon even the toughest annuals will be felled by frost. One way you can ensure color to the very end of the season is by employing colorful ornamental kale.

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Beyond Borders : Inexpensive ways to edge your beds
By Dana Garmon (iris28)

My main goal in life is to keep crab grass out of my flower beds without spending a fortune on edgers and pavers. The things you can use for borders are only limited by your imagination. I'm going to talk about two styles: natural and artistic. Not that natural isn't artistic, it very much is. What i mean by artistic is reusing and repurposing things to serve as borders. It's fun and creative and soon everything you see will seem like it is useful in the border.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Osmarini, Rosmarinus officinalis
By Diana Wind (wind)

Rosemary is a tender herb with edible, aromatic, evergreen, needle-like leaves, resembling pine needles. This easy-to-grow, woody perennial herb is available in both cascading and upright forms. Rosemary's unique flavor remains potent when dried, making it renowned by chefs and cooks across the country. My favorite recipe using dried Rosemary is Rosemary Roasted Potato ‘Fries’, a healthy alternative to fast-food french fries.

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Sedums for warm, arid climates
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

I struggle with most Sedums, which is odd as they are supposed to be such easy plants... but most are not that easy in my very warm and arid climate. However, there are some good Sedums for my area. This article will introduce you to a few of those.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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Some Like It Hot! Making Hot Sauce from Homegrown Chile Peppers
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Are your hot pepper plants out of control? Do you see heaps of beautiful, bright colored chiles at the local farmers’ market and wish you could make something wonderful from them? Have you made all the salsa your freezer can hold, and you’re still looking at a mound of hot peppers waiting for you to do *something* with them? Homemade hot sauce is the answer! It’s fun and easy to make, and it’ll be a big hit at your next party!

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Monday, September 28, 2009

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A Simple Method for Saving Tomato Seeds Without Fermentation
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Here's a quick and easy method I've developed for saving your heirloom tomato seeds without going through all the steps that fermentation requires.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

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Recycled Building Projects, How to build a deck for $150
By Caleb Garvin (cgarvin)

You've wanted to build that new deck in the backyard for some time now, but with lumber prices sky high it has never gotten done. Welcome in the $150 deck, I know I can hear you saying "how is that possible?". Well it isn't as easy as taking the truck down to your local home improvement store and loading up several hundred (or thousand) dollars in lumber, or for that matter paying a contractor to build it for you. But with some basic carpentry skills and a few tools you can do this. Many of the larger home improvement stores have free handouts on small projects like building a deck. Or visit your local library or one of the many home improvement websites for more in depth carpentry instructions.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

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Beebalm Revisited
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

This article will introduce you to the most popular cultivars of beebalm, especially those which are award-winners and/or resistant to powdery mildew.

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The Incredible ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) has only recently become a popular houseplant. It was not until 1999 the Florida growers started production of this unusual plant. It caught on quickly, though, and in 2002 was named the indoor foliage plant of the year by the Florida Nurserymen’s and Growers’ Association. Needless to say, it caught on quickly.

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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, September 25, 2009

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Unusual fruit: Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Interested in unusual fruit, and native American gardening? Up for a gardening challenge? Maybe you can be tempted by visions of bountiful homegrown "tropical" fruit for you and your local wildlife. Consider, carefully, pawpaw (Asimina triloba.)

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

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The Jewel Alocasias - Spotlight on Alocasia sanderiana 'Nobilis'
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Few of the Jewels have the startlingly exotic look that this plant has. Seeing one of these transports you to a tropical nirvana where every plant is like a fantasy. You, too, can grow one of these, if you know how. . .

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Hearts A-Burstin' -- The American Euonymus
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Euonymus americana goes by several common names, including American strawberry-bush, hearts-a-burstin’, and bursting heart. Regardless of which name you call it, this plant is a choice selection for shady areas in native and wildlife gardens.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

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Back to Basics Composting
By Kathy LaLiberte, Gardener's Supply (KathyL)

Over the past decade or so, compost-making has become a serious endeavor.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

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Jumping Headfirst into the Art of Bonsai
By Chad Bartlett (GardenSox)

My New Year’s resolution this year was to learn something new every month. It didn’t really matter to me what that new thing would be; it just needed to be something I had been interested in doing but never got around to before. After learning to juggle and eat with chopsticks I decided to take on the mysterious art of bonsai.

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Vines of Reunion Island, Part2
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

A previous article introduced you to a few vines growing on my tiny secluded island and as stated then just meant brushing this vast subject so here we are on a second round, grab your cameras and tighten your shoe laces.

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Saturday, September 19, 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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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Tortoises in the Garden
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

The following article will introduce you to some of the more commonly kept garden tortoises, along with care suggestions.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Garden Art: How Can I Protect and Preserve My Garden Art?
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

Garden art comes in a variety of forms, from elaborate fountains to little magical gnomes. Garden art treasures are collected from all over the world and it definitely beautifies our space in the vast world in which we live. One thing I think we can all agree on is that garden art enhances our yards and offers a wonderful glimpse of our personalities. From hand-crafted heirlooms to bargain variety, thrift store garden art, our treasures deserve all we can do to keep them beautiful. Learn more about what you can do to help right here.

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Sticks and Stones: Nature Craft for Kids
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Do you remember the phrase: Best laid plans? Well, I can truly tell you, they don't happen. I spent hours last week planning a nature craft project for kids. My 5 year old grandson came, and in about 5 minutes, my plans were in the trash. It sure was a lot of fun and I thought you might enjoy the story.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

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Clematis Wilt: What It Is, and How to Treat and Prevent It
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

It’s heartbreaking. Your clematis vine is growing vigorously and bursting with plump buds, then seemingly overnight some or all of the plant collapses. Flowers, buds, leaves and stems first droop, then blacken and shrivel. It’s called “clematis wilt” and while it may be difficult to eradicate, there are things you can do to control and prevent it. If you had a problem with clematis wilt this summer, autumn is the time to prevent its return.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

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Around The Color Wheel With Purple Heart
By Sarah Barksdale (barksy)

One of the “Top Ten Plants” at Daves Garden is Purple Heart (Purple Queen, Tradescantia pallida aka Setcreasea pallida or purpurea). A lanky ground cover with succulent leaves, it is very commonly grown in warmer climates (zones 8a-11), either purposely planted or springing up on it’s own. This plant is mostly grown for uniquely colored foliage that ranges from purple to reddish purple to green/purple depending on the conditions where it’s grown. To my eye, most Purple Heart is reddish or warm purple but you may see it differently as color perception varies somewhat. The foliage is made more complex by a grayish/blue dusky sheen. Despite its unusual color, Purple Heart is easy to mix into the landscape creating both vivid and subtle combinations of colors.

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Saturday, September 12, 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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