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Saturday, August 1, 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, July 31, 2009

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Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

A person can make a lot of money in petroleum. Ask any Texan, Oklahoman, or Saudi. William Warren Orcutt made his money in California oil and owned several pieces of ranch land. One of his ranches is now a public park called Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

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Mailbox In The Garden - A Handy Hideaway
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Send me some seeds- I have a mailbox right in my garden! No, the seeds won't really be delivered to my garden mailbox. This isn't about designing beautiful plantings around your official mailbox. It's about re-using a discarded, landfill-bound mailbox as a handy place to keep a few essentials high and dry out in your garden.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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Pushki
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I spent ten glorious days in June wandering around the mountains of Seward, Alaska, living with friends and studying the flora and fauna of the land. I barely slept during the time of the Midnight Sun, but with eyes wide open, I made the acquaintance of new plants, and said hello to some I remember from my childhood.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

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The Weeping Fig, Ficus benjamina- indoor and out
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Probably the most commonly grown tree indoors throughout the world is the Weeping Fig, Ficus benjamina. Surprisingly, despite its amazing popularity and ubiquitous presence, it is not what I consider an 'easy' indoor plant (then again most plants for me are not easy indoors). But if some general recommendations are followed, and one goes through a bit of trial and error, this species can make an excellent house or patio plant. Outdoors it is one of the easiest trees to keep looking perfect ... as long as it's planted in the correct climate. The following article will serve as an introduction to this versatile tree, as well as a guide on how to grow it and care for it, both indoors and out.

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Revitalizing older blueberry bushes
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

This farm had a lot of treasures when we bought it, among them a large hedge of blueberry bushes out behind the machinery shed. Unfortunately, while they were tall and full of very healthy leaves, they had stopped producing blueberries.

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The Vacation Watering Quandary
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

A vacation getaway is wonderful, but not if you come home to crispy fried patio pots and wilted houseplants.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

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Easy bird netting frame for your blueberries
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

I love my backyard birds, but not enough to give them every single blueberry my bushes produce. I've engineered a cheap, easy, quick frame to hold bird netting so I can get the berries. I'm so excited about my design that I just have to share it with you!

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Is it a Huckleberry or a Blueberry?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Every summer during my childhood, my family and I picked what I always believed were huckleberries. They were the main ingredient in many tasty dumplings, cobblers, pies, pancakes, and jellies. I have since learned, however, that what we thought were huckleberries were actually blueberries. We were not the only ones confused about their identity.

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Lespedeza: A Lollapalooza in the Garden
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

I first became acquainted with Lespedeza as a ninth grader, doing research for a project on soil erosion.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (The Brunfelsia)
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Sweetly scented and oh so colorful! This tropical shrub is a must have for those living in sub-tropical and tropical zones. Grow it in pots in other zones. You won't be sorry.

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A Cheap Planning Of My Garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Planning a new garden on a plain, full of weeds ground can be difficult, but it's such fun! What should I do first, where do I start are such hard questions, but this was a challenge I was so happy to accept!

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

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The Sullivan Garden: A tribute to a magnificent Hawaiian garden devoted to palm trees
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article is about one of the most amazing and unique collections of palm trees in the entire world.

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Let’s go bananas!
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

According to official sources each French person consumes annually some 9.6kg of bananas, the most marketed fruit in the world. But although many are familiar with this fantastic fruit, easy to peel and eat, with curved outlines seemingly designed for a perfect fitting in the hand, few know what is behind this common cover. We will therefore take a peep backstage.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

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Gardening with Bearded Iris: Planting Iris 101
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

After admiring them for years, I’ve started adding irises to my garden. They didn’t look like much the first year or two as they settled in, and I wondered how long I would have to be patient with them. But this spring, some of them began blooming in earnest, and I realized I wanted to grow more and more of these wonderful flowers!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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The Uncommon Common Sorrel
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Sorrel has been around for thousands of years, found both in edible dishes and herbal preparations, but generally under-used as a food in the United States. There are many kinds of sorrel; two are known as French sorrel although one is really common sorrel and they are distinctly different.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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White Ash
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

The ancient white ash tree was leaning precariously close to our house. The rains kept coming, and the tree held for one more year. The next spring, I held my breath, but the rains came again.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

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The Dreaded Algal Bloom
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

So you’ve done everything right so far this pond season; you did spring cleanup, lifted all your hardy plants, and maybe even added a few beneficial bacteria into the system. Then why on earth do you have impenetrable pea soup!?!?

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

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Grow Veggies Without a Veggie Garden
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Contrary to popular opinion, vegetables do not need their very own garden. If you have gardens, you have room for veggies!!

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Botanical Gardens of Note: Introduction to Lotusland, Santa Barbara, California
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Lotusland is one of the premiere botanical gardens in all of California, if not the U.S. However, because it requires reservations ahead of time, and is only open on certain days of the week during nine months of the year, many have never treated themselves the opportunity to explore this amazing botanical wonder. This article serves only as introduction, and will certainly not do the gardens justice.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

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The 'Tropical' Iris: Neomarica and Dietes
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

While we are all familiar with iris, you may not be aware that there are several iris look-alikes native to more tropical environments. These iris wannabes include the Walking Iris (Neomarica) and the Cape Iris (Dietes)These may be grown as outdoor plants in zone 9 and warmer or as houseplants which may be kept outdoors in the summer. If you would like to learn more about these tropical iris relatives, continue on.

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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, July 10, 2009

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New Potatoes or Fingerlings?
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

New potatoes and fingerlings are both tiny, tender and delicious. The difference is maturity.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

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Just so much Junk!
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

What is an eyesore to some could easily become a treasure to others if you put a little thought in it. This is the story of broken garden furniture, the damage of an ice storm, a little duct tape, E6000 adhesive, a can of cobalt blue spray paint, and how they all came together to create my Blue Garden.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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Hart's-tongue Fern
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Did you ever notice how some words don't always live up to their names? Take hart's-tongue fern, for example. That plant neither looks like a heart, nor a tongue, nor a fern. And I truly thought it grew out of the rocks in the cave.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

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There's Always a Reason: Companion Planting
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

It never seemed to matter what the question was, the three women in my childhood would give me the same answer, "There's always a reason". Sometimes that reason was because they said so, but most of the time Mom, Granny Ninna or Aunt Bett would go ahead and explain their answers to my questions. All these many years later their knowledge is my treasure.

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Garden Photography – Choosing a Camera
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Welcome to summer! Gardens across the northern hemisphere have burst into life and color. Wouldn’t it be great to capture all this beauty in an image to keep forever?

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

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Flea Markets as a Source for Plants and Garden Supplies
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Don't forget about your local flea markets when you're looking for good plant deals or garden supplies. I have learned that flea markets can be an excellent way to expand my collection cheaply. And they are a good place to look for rare plants and unique garden 'art'.

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Saturday, July 4, 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, July 3, 2009

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Tips for First-Time Gardeners
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

So you want to be a gardener. Congratulations! You’ll be joining the millions of others who enjoy what is probably the most popular hobby in the world. However, the sad truth is that some folks venture blindly into gardening expecting to magically produce dinner-plate dahlias and softball-size tomatoes without doing any of the necessary preparation or research.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

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Blue-eyed Grass
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) is one of our small, native plant treasures. As our sensibilities mature (along with the rest of our bodies), we become more appreciative of little things that add to the quality of our lives. We take time to see the spring violets, the trilliums, and a hundred other small beauties that we may not have noticed during our earlier years.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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Don't Kill Those Weeds!!!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Until this gardening year I killed ALL weeds, without mercy. It was a never-ending and tedious job. No matter what weed cloth I used, no matter how thick the mulch I applied, I still had weeds... and I am against using chemicals. In my mind, NO weed had any redeeming qualities. I was wrong.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Stoneroot, worth remembering?
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

This little known plant is hardly significant anymore. Little is said about it, very little is written about it, and no one even remembers it. Like a lot of other things, its heyday was long ago and far away.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

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Invasive Weeds: Creeping Buttercup
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

A field of white daisies and yellow buttercups is a lovely sight to behold. But if creeping buttercup finds its way into your gardens, you've got trouble with a capital "T"!

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A No-Wa-Wa Fountain for Your Garden
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

What is a “no-wa-wa” fountain? The term “no-wa-wa”, perhaps a tad cutesy, originated several decades ago in a contest by Steve Gander, a local Iowa boy, who grew up to become one of the top rodeo event promoters in the U.S.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

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Soapworts - the Genus Saponaria
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Previously I described the campions and catchflies from the genera Lychnis and Silene. In this article I will introduce you to their other close cousin, the soapworts. While they are also mostly pink-flowered, they have the added bonus of fragrant flowers. Read on to see which might be suitable for your garden.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

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California Grasslands: Where the Cowboys Were Indians
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Fog rolled in yesterday evening, but within an hour it will all be burned off. The sun is strong. The air smells dry and dusty, but also oddly sweet. The wild oats are well on their way to turning yellow and the ripgut brome adds a few swatches of burgundy. Insects buzz. Where the mustard is not thick, the last of the season's clarkias sway in the light breeze. On a rocky outcrop, a couple of yuccas send up flower stalks like exclamation points, alerting us that something is about to happen.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

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Ornamental Bamboo Muhly Grass
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Have you been looking for something different for your garden? How about a plant that is very fine-textured and almost fernlike, and which arches gracefully from branched, upright stems? How about soft mounds of billowy foliage that wave freely with the slightest breeze? If this sounds like something you might like, then bamboo muhly (Muhlenbergia dumosa) is an ornamental grass that deserves your consideration.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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Community Supported Agriculture: Is there a CSA that's right for you?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Is a CSA right for you? CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is an idea, no, a movement that is sweeping the nation's smaller or organic farms. Read on to find out how to participate in this new way of connecting with your food and the land.

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The Infamous Zucchini
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Close all the windows and lock all the doors… the zucchini are coming! The much-maligned zucchini is about to multiply in gardens everywhere and soon the same old zucchini jokes will start making the rounds again. We laugh every year but it’s the frenetic laugh of complicity, knowing we too may soon be bearing lumpy bags of extra zucchini.

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