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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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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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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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Friday, September 11, 2009

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Black Haw
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I could sample the fruits of Black Haw, without worrying that later in the evening it would be stirred into a brew that I would be forced to drink as a remedy for some ailment or other. And the sweet berries were good to nibble as I trailed around in the mountains.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

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The Jewel Alocasias - An introduction to these diminutive beauties
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Few other plants say "tropical" as clearly as plants in the genus Alocasia, and few Alocasia plants are as exquisitely beautiful as the ones I have chosen to call the "Jewels". They are jewels because they are almost all small growers whose spectacular beauty makes up for their size, if only you can keep them alive - read on to see why. . .

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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Hominy
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I loved making hominy and I loved to eat it. There was a time when I could have eaten it for every meal, and probably did. Little did I know that it was good for me.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

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Passing From Hand To Hand: The History Of Heirloom Vegetables
By Melody Rose (melody)

Through history as people relocate, they pack their most precious possessions and leave for a better life. They lovingly pack family photographs, linens, furniture and cherished books. Some leave their homelands with only the clothes on their backs, their children and the optimism that life will be better in their new home. Whether rich or poor, one common thread that binds these immigrants is the desire to bring something familiar with them. And most often, that will be their seeds

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Some vines of Reunion Island
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Vines are an important part of tropical flora hence we do have quite a few of those on the island, some are endemics, some are indigenous and many are exotic, we will today enjoy a small sample, to be followed by other articles as the subject is pretty vast!

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Saturday, September 5, 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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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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Saving tomato seeds using fermentation
By Dave Whitinger (dave)

Saving seeds from your heirloom tomatoes is easy once you learn all about the fermentation process.

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Babies and Colicroot
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

When babies are sick, life can be very scary. It seemed that every time a young mother brought a crying baby to Aunt Bett's front door, the baby and the mom went away with smiles. I thought Aunt Bett was magic. I think the mothers thought so, too.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

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Introduction to the Coral Trees (Erythrina species)
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Coral trees include well over 100 species of some of the most beautiful flowering trees originating from all around the globe. The following is an introduction to some of the most commonly grown species.

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Here's Flowers For You: a Shakespeare Garden
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

From the street, there is no indication that anything special awaits you beyond the tall hedges on the grounds of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. But follow the maze-like footpath around and into the green hawthorn walls and you will suddenly behold a delightful jewel of a garden, designed and planted in honor of the great playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

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Cut, pot, repeat: Saving annuals for next year's garden
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Gaze upon those lovely beds of annuals, for which you shelled out the big bucks this spring. Imagine shelling out a few less bucks NEXT spring. It may be possible with the right plants and a minimum of effort and skill.

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Saturday, August 29, 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, August 28, 2009

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Jane Austen's World of English Gardens
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

A look at the gardens of the English countryside in the Regency period, through the novels of Jane Austen.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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Soil (Don't call it Dirt)
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Soil: what is it and how can I improve it? Read on to find out.

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Garden Vignettes: Plants that Look Good Together
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Over the past decade, mail order nurseries have begun to offer advice on plant groupings that look particularly good together. They may offer a grouping as a single package for purchase or they may state in their plant descriptions that Plant A would look good paired with Plant B or with Plants B, C, and D. I have found this advice to be very helpful, even when I chose not to purchase the plants from the vendor who recommends a particular grouping. In later years, I began to experiment with my own combinations and would like to share some of them with you.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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Home Grown Teas
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

If a productive garden is just as important to you as a beautiful garden, why not add tea herbs to your inventory? Chamomile, spearmint, and lemon balm are some easy plants to start your tea garden with, while more advanced tea enthusiasts can try their hand at Camellia sinensis and Yerba Mate.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

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Hardy Hedges for Northern Gardeners
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Everybody loves the look of a well trimmed hedge. Living in the north it can be a challenge to find suitable, hardy, hedge plants. Here are a few that will survive our harsh winters.

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Preserving Green, Wax, or Snap Beans: Canning versus Freezing
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

If you find yourself with an abundance of fresh beans, whether green or wax, you may be comparing the pros and cons of canning or freezing them. Let me help you clarify some of the issues involved!

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

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Ferns of Reunion Island
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Ferns are an important part of the plant kingdom and some of the oldest species; they are often called fossil plants for this reason. They are enjoyed by enthusiasts but often overlooked by gardeners, even though they can be an enjoyable addition to any garden. Some species are strongly present on Reunion Island and we will meet a few of them here.

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Saturday, August 22, 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, August 21, 2009

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Introduction to Staging Succulents and Cacti
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

The following article is a basic step-by-step introduction to staging succulent plants, either for show, sale or personal enjoyment.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

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Althaea, an Old-Fashioned Shrub
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The hibiscus-like flowers of Althaea figure prominently in my childhood memories of pretty flowers. Granny grew two kinds at the foot of her back doorsteps. Thomas Jefferson admired them, as well, and collected as many different kinds as he could find to grow at Monticello. These old-fashioned flowering shrubs are no less popular today than they were then.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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In Such A Pickle! Pickle History and How to Make Pickles
By Melody Rose (melody)

"On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like, from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally's cellar."...Thomas Jefferson

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Monday, August 17, 2009

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Gardener / Masochist
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

After gardening for a few years, I slowly realized that we gardeners are really just masochists who happen to have a creative urge and appreciation of nature’s beauty. If we were not gardening, we would surely be engaged in some other suffering- inducing behavior. What else can possibly explain what we do?

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

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Morning glories on Reunion island
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Morning glories are some of the favourite plants of many gardeners, they grow fast, flower prodigally on a long period of time, are not too fussy regarding soil, often come back from seeds and are also a good material for hybridisation. I will concentrate here on species found on Reunion island.

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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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Thursday, August 13, 2009

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Community Succulent Pots: Some Ideas
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Many succulents seem designed for pot life. These plants get lost in the garden, or they are too delicate or tender to make it outdoors... or they just seem happiest in a small, controlled environment where they can show off. Many succulents complement each other and look better in groups, rather than by themselves. If limited space is a problem, one solution is community pots. Here are some ideas and suggestions for creating community pots of succulents.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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Persimmons and Mimosas
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Persimmons and mimosas can provide a very sticky nasty ground cover when they grow side by side. They also provide a slippery slide and blossoms for a little girl's hair when she has a vivid imagination.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

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Growing Staghorns: Platycerium Ferns
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article acts as introduction to these exotic and incredibly ornamental tropical ferns, commonly known as Staghorn Ferns. Some suggestions on cultivation and the various species will be discussed.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

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What Style of Gardener Are You?
By Lori Geistlinger (McGlory)

Much has been written about style including fashion style, communication style, writing style, and even romance style. One may take a quiz in any number of popular periodicals to determine if a person’s fashion style is dramatic, classic, romantic, or just plain “ick.” Of course there are styles of gardens including formal or cottage, but what of gardeners themselves? What style of gardener are you? Not to be outdone by scholarly scientific researchers, we suggest the following quiz will be helpful. Following the quiz is a brief description of each style of gardener.

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Le Cirque de Mafate
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Reunion Island hosts several natural settings known as ‘cirque’ by geological specialists, 'Caldeira' being a close synonym. Three large rounded depressions were caused by former volcanoes which collapsed ages ago. Today we will hop into le cirque de Mafate for a healthy way of discovering the inner parts of our remote island.

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

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Earthworm Enemies
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Of all the creatures in your garden, earthworms are probably the most important. They are the digesters of organic material and the makers of fluffy, healthy soil. Much as we love them, however, they do have their enemies...in the form of predators. So how can we better protect our valuable little wiggly friends?

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Have a Party in your Garden with Balloon Flowers!
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Most gardeners are familiar with bellflowers from the genus Campanula. Perhaps not all of you are familiar with their close relative, the Chinese bellflower aka balloon flower, of the genus Playtycodon. If you want a tough, long-lived, carefree, hardy perennial with large blue flowers in late summer, then look no further.

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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, August 7, 2009

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Dairy Farmer's Journal: Grazing
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

While grazing has been the standard way to feed cows for centuries, in the late 1950s and early ‘60s a new kind of conventional farming was instituted in the confinement barn. All the cows’ feed is brought to them, a more controlled diet is supposed to make milk production more abundant and increase desirable components (butterfat, proteins and other solids). There are arguments both for and against this particular kind of dairying, and I will make no judgment here, but we went in a different direction.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

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Pocket Beds for Fussy Plants
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Fussy Plants: plants that hate “wet feet,” plants that don’t always overwinter in your zone, plants that grow too slowly to compete with their garden neighbors. Before you give up on a fussy plant, try growing it in its own little pocket bed!

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Monday, August 3, 2009

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Introduction to Zamias, the Tropical Cycads
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Zamia is one of the larger genera of Cycads, yet one of the least understood. This is partly due to their tropical and inaccessible origins as well as their tropical cultivational needs. But as a group this is one of the most ornamental of the cycads and certainly worthy of cultivation should one live in the right climate for them.

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