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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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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Eat your greens! Dandelions are a dandy way to get super nutrition in a variety of tasty ways..
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

These aren't your local yard variety of dandelion, although many a spring morning as a child in rural Indiana were spent gathering dandelion greens for supper. Of course, my parents with 9 kids had no thought of a weed free lawn so chemicals weren't even a thought.....it was just head on out and gather greens for supper!

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Monday, June 22, 2009

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Easy Succulents: Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

I grow well over a thousand species of succulents outdoors in my dinky yard in southern California zone 9b, and though many look okay most of the year, some stand out as exceptionally attractive all year round and trouble free and easy. The Graptoveria hybrid 'Fred Ives' is one of those plants.

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Pollen bees - there's no honey, Honey
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

Pollen bees? These are the native North American bees that were responsible for all of the pollination before the Europeans brought honey bees to the New World. There are over 3,500 species of pollen bees in North America alone.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

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Pollinators on second shift: moths
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Bees are busy all day, but who works the night shift? Moths. You're familiar with small dull moths that bumble into your porch light, but prettier moths may be closer than you think. Impressive moths can be found in the night garden if you know how to look for them.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

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The Other Campions and Catchflies - the Genus Silene
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Last week I introduced you to the genus Lychnis. This week I will discuss the other campions and catchflies from the closely related genus Silene. This genus , like Lychnis, was and still is, very popular among our temperate gardens.

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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, June 19, 2009

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Butterflies: the prettiest pollinators in the world
By April (Aunt_A)

How can you perfectly describe a pollinator that floats through the air on micro-thin, decorative wings? How can you explain the beauty of a flying flower that flits around without pretense? The butterfly is a beautiful creation; a masterpiece. I do not understand how such a delicate creature can survive in our industrialized world, and yet, thankfully, she does. Enjoy some awesome pictures and 10 tips to welcome butterflies.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Glorious Glory Lilies
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Once in a while a flower grabs the gardener’s attention and screams, “Buy me, buy me!” That’s the way the glory lily did me when I saw its picture on a bulb bin at a garden center one spring several years ago. I’ve never regretted the demand, for the flowers delight me with glorious blooms every summer.

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A Philodendron Pollination Party with - The Beetles!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Think of flower pollination and most often, bees come to mind. After all, they do the lion's share of pollination, especially in our agricultural and garden plants. However, some of our plants don't attract bees at all. What they do attract, and how they do it, may surprise you . . .

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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Sunflowers, Counting Bees and Citizen Scientists
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably aware of the disappearance of honeybees, due in large part to “Colony Collapse Disorder”. Scientists worldwide are working to pinpoint the cause, and find a cure. Now, an associate professor of biology at San Francisco State University is enlisting “citizen scientists” in a coast-to-coast study on the health of pollinating bees. You and your children can join in, make a real contribution, and have fun at the same time.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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Cast Iron Plant Excels in Shady Landscapes
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Aspidistra has been with us so long that we tend to look upon it as one of our own. Introduced into the United States in 1824, it was immediately embraced as a fitting specimen in smoky barrooms and Victorian parlors. It is no less popular today as gardeners are quick to note its cast iron constitution.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

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My Friends, Frog and Toad
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

They leap and swim, jump and croak and, in some parts of the country, keep us up all night with their love songs. Our knobby friends are a gardener's delight. These friendly amphibians consume copious quantities of insects and every garden should have at least one resident frog or toad.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

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Catchflies and Campions - Welcome to the Genus Lychnis
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Members of the genus Lychnis have long been popular plants for the cottage garden. Today, they are still popular and the variety available continues to increase. Read on to learn more about the diversity of catchflies and campions.

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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, June 12, 2009

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Watermelon, Citrullus lanatus ~ Nutrition & Growing Tips
By Diana Wind (wind)

Today’s hybridizing techniques are taking watermelon to a new high for nutrition and health. Fresh watermelon is still available, so don’t miss out on its summertime flavor and nutritional benefits. Learn from watermelon growers on how to grow the many varieties of this super fruit in your own garden.

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Foxglove
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Foxglove is among the loveliest, most famous, most important, and most dangerous medicinal plants. It is also as necessary in the field of medicine today as it was hundreds of years ago. Very few of the other early medicinal plants have survived the tests of time or science.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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Endangered Wild Sea Oats… You can legally grow your own!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Almost any gardener who has driven along a coastal highway in the southeastern United States has caught a glimpse of the indigenous wild sea oats along the sand dunes. If you have walked along those beaches, you will have seen signs that picking sea oats (or any part thereof, including seeds) is against the law in several states, and carries a hefty fine.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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Is it my Fault or is it the Plant? A Guide to Perennial Longevity
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Have you ever planted a perennial and been disappointed when it disappeared from your garden a year or two after you planted It? It may not be your fault.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

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Omelet in a Bag (aka Choose Your Own Adventure Meal)
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

This summer, my husband's Aunt Marlene and Uncle Jim introduced us to an entirely new way of making omelets! It is perfect for a camp-out or a quick meal at home, and best of all, each person gets to customize their own omelet to include all their favorite fillings. This is a great way to use some of that summer garden bounty!

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Crabgrass by Any Other Name: Control of Grass Weeds
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Any grassy weed that shows up where it doesn't belong is usually referred to as "crabgrass." Regardless of what we call them, the grassy weeds that grow faster than anything else in the garden are difficult to identify, and even more difficult to control.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

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Introduction to Yuccas
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Yuccas are New World plants in the family Agavaceae and are an important genus in terms of ornamental landscaping usage as well as of an economic importance in some areas of its range. There are approximately 40 species of Yucca and dozens of beautiful cultivars. This article serves as an introduction to some of the more popular species- primarily the ones I have personally seen or grown.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

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Channeling Mother Nature: Build a Dry Creek Bed to Divert Rainwater Where You Want It
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

The day the gutters came down from our neighbor's house, I knew my front yard was in trouble.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

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Botrytis Mold of Strawberries
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

The most common disease of strawberries is gray mold, caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea. You may have seen this mold in boxes of strawberries purchased at the supermarket. Under adverse conditions, such as cool, wet weather, the pathogen can cause the loss of much of your strawberry crop. Good cultural practices can help to limit these losses.

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My Garden, the Archaeological Site
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Spring brings with her transitions to the garden landscape. The urge to change is overwhelming and as the old is cleared away, one can often find remnants of garden designs of long ago.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

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How to Make Great Beef Jerky at Home
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Are tomatoes out of season? Use your home dehydrator for more than drying fruits and vegetables. Make a batch of homemade beef jerky!

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Deep South Regional Petite Advanced-Standard Flower Show
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The Deep South Region (DSR) of National Garden Clubs (NGC) held its first ever Standard Flower Show in Huntsville, Alabama, in March. Participating were designers and gardeners from the six-state region, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana. The competition was keen and the spirit high as club members throughout the region placed their entries.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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Brix and Insect Resistance
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

“Insect behavior is deliberate and designed to eliminate weak, unformed, nutritionally deficient, unbalanced plants.” ~Dr. Arden Anderson

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Goldfish Varieties for the Hobby Water Garden
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Goldfish are a terrific resident for your home water garden because of their ease of keeping, their fast growth, and their range of coloration and forms. Take a look at how many different goldfish types will flourish in your outdoor pond or indoor aquarium garden.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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Queen Marie's Gardens
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

What could be more pleasant than taking an endless tour of some gorgeous gardens, full of so many beautiful plants with such colorful flowers? Queen Marie's Gardens in Bulgaria are such a delight and an amazing place to visit!

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Monday, June 1, 2009

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Plants That Irritate the Skin: Beyond Poison Ivy
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Ever wonder why some plants cause rashes or reactions when handled or touched? Basically, it's the same protective mechanism that animals and insects use to keep from becoming a predator's lunch! Ever see a deer or rabbit munching on poison ivy? Animals, birds, and other wildlife either have natural instincts or learn at a tender age about which plants to avoid.

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A Gnome Home for Your Garden
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Last summer I happened to overhear one of our garden visitors telling the local media how much she enjoyed the gardens. The young man with the camera and microphone asked her what, in particular, she liked. She replied that she loved all the little plants and things tucked away in nooks and crannies and especially the gnomes. I had to chuckle to myself--we had no gnomes in any of our gardens!

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