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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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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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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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