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Thursday, February 26, 2009

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Kumquats --The Little Gems of the Citrus Family
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Kumquats are sometimes referred to as “the little gems of the citrus family.” It is easy to see why the trees are so prized. Tangy fruits, fragrant flowers, and glossy, evergreen foliage make them a year-round standout in the garden. Gardeners who live outside its hardiness range can grow the small trees in containers and move them to protected places during the winter.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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Can you actually buy luscious RIPE tree fruits at the supermarket? Not likely, but you CAN grow your own!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

To satisfy shipping and storage requirements, many fruits are picked much too green to ever ripen properly even after they are gassed to attain the ‘ripe fruit appearance’ necessary for our supermarket shelves. Some of the best tasting varieties are not even GROWN by commercial fruit growers, for the same storage and shipping concerns.

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Growing Thuja From Seeds
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

It all began a few years ago, when my husband said it would be nice to have some Thujas in our future garden. I knew they were really expensive at the nursery, so I thought I'd better try and start some from seeds.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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Noisettes: An American Rose with a French Name
By Melva Wheeler (melvatoo)

The history of the different classes of rose is very interesting to me. This article is just a tip of the iceberg.

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Open-Source Research - You, Too, Can Make Discoveries!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Think of the word "research" and images of labcoat-clad technicians busy in a spotless laboratory might come to mind. To be sure, much scientific research is performed in just such an environment, but that doesn't have to be the only place where discoveries are made. You may be surprised to learn that very important discoveries have been made by individuals working in their gardens. Read on to see how you, too, can be one of them . . .

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

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Superfruit ~ Goji Berry, Lycium barbarum
By Diana Wind (wind)

Last October the National Restaurant Association surveyed over one thousand chefs asking them to predict ‘what’s hot in 2009’. More than half (73%) predicted superfruits would be a hot trend. Goji (pronounced go-gee) and Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) and their related products are indeed hot sellers this year. Can we grow these superfruits in our gardens?

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Datura and Brugmansias
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Today we will take a closer look at two rather similar plants that are often mistaken for one another, at least in their names. Indeed, many people refer to Brugmansias as ‘datura’ or ‘tree datura’ plants. Although this is not the worst mistake in the world, mixing them up can make botanists and dedicated growers cringe…

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

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Mayapples: Woodlanders with Fabulous Foliage
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Certain garden ornamentals are primarily grown for their foliage, especially those suited to shade. One of the most spectacular and choice woodlanders are the mayapples. While the native North American species is not without its merit, the Asian species are the real stars. Read on to learn more about these fab (and often pricy) plants!

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Time to tame the raspberry jungle
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Raspberry pruning is a stickery job,and the instructions in the books seem so confusing. But a lack of pruning leads to tangled, unproductive, disease-prone raspberry jungles. When your worst winter weather subsides, you can tame your raspberry jungle and turn it back into a respectable patch. I've studied the instructions and will do my best to explain raspberry pruning simply and clearly.

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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, February 20, 2009

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A Tale of Two Hollyhocks – The Priscilla Hollyhock
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Grow, I sang to the seeds. Bloom, I commanded the plants. Safe, I told myself. Home.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

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Dioons: The hardy Mexican cycads
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

One of the hardiest group of cycads are the Mexican Dioons, and they are excellent landscape and potted plants for a variety of warmer climates. This is an introductory article about this genus of cycads.

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Greens, Pepper Sauce, and Cornbread: Southern Cuisine
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Folks who were born and raised in the South enjoy foods and recipes that have been passed down by generations of their kin. Most of these recipes are not written down, but certain techniques and Dixie wisdom are necessary for their success. If you hanker for a fresh mess of greens doused with pepper sauce, accompanied by crispy cornbread and wilted mustard salad, but are unsure how to prepare them, read on.

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Limbaugh’s Legacy: My Favorite Heirloom Tomato, ‘Potato Top’
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

How this spectacular variety ended up in my garden, and how you can grow it, too…

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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Backyard Fruit Trees… Think Your Space is Too Small?
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Backyard fruit production is another step in providing abundant healthy foods right at our fingertips. You’d be surprised at the many ways to maximize fruits on a small growing space!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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The Rose in the Arts
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Roses have a subtle way of weaving themselves into music, art, and literature. We can look at ancient art work whose subject is majesty, myth, or religion and if we look closely, we will see a rose. When we read Alice in Wonderland and Shakespeare, we find the rose. And if we listen to Bette Midler sing, we hear The Rose.

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Anthuriums - More than Just Blooming Plants!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

While many folks think of colorful waxy flowers from Hawaii when the word "Anthurium" is mentioned, the genus Anthurium consists of a host of different plants, only a few of which produce colorful flowers. Here you'll find diminutive creepers, vines and even huge-leaved behemoths that remind one of the larger Alocasia plants . . .

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Monday, February 16, 2009

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The Carefree School of Gardening
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Are you tired of all the pulling millions of weeds, deadheading the thousandth flower, mowing the grass yet again? Let’s talk about a carefree and no mess school of gardening and see what we can come up with for solutions to every man’s and woman’s home garden.

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Friend or Foe? Weed Identification
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Do you know how to tell the differences between annual and perennial weeds? How they grow or spread? When seedlings first emerge, they all look alike!

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

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The Rose: Medicine and Food
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

There is nothing quite as beautiful as the rose. Throughout its long history it has not only been admired, sniffed, and coveted, but it has also been used as food, as drink, and as medicine. Isn't it interesting how endearing and enduring the rose really is?

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

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The Love Garden: A lasting gift for your Valentine
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

It is that time of year again. Bouquets of red roses, chocolates and diamonds wrapped with red ribbon will be arriving at homes and offices around the world. Here, we will take a look at a different kind of gift, one that will last far longer than a box of chocolates or bouquet of cut flowers.

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A Chocolate Garden
By Diana Wind (wind)

Now is a great time to dream up new garden ideas. Allow yourself the time and pleasure to dream, imagine and design a sensational Chocolate Garden to savor with all your senses.

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Chilling Injury and Cold Damage - Knowing the Signs
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

It's the day after a night when temperatures dipped near freezing, but all your plants look OK in spite of it. Are your plants off the hook? Not necessarily, because many plants don't show injury or damage until a week or more after exposure to near-freezing temperatures. Read on to learn more . . .

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Friday, February 13, 2009

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How Old is the Rose
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Few flowers can be found as often in 8,000 years of recorded history as the rose. When we think about it, very few plants have withstood the perils of time as well as this popular flower. No other plant has played a larger role in history, religion, art or literature. Here is a very brief history, as colorful as the rose itself.

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Is a Coral Bean Right for Your Garden?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Does coral bean (Erythrina herbacea) deserve a place in your garden? The fact that it is beautiful is unchallenged. Its attractiveness to hummingbirds and butterflies is well documented. However, its beans are very poisonous. The leaves and stems have prickles, and sharp, recurved spines arm the stems. Decide for yourself whether or not the coral bean would be a good addition to your landscape.

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Sir Joseph Banks, Botanickal Explorer
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

February 13 is the birthday of Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist who sailed with Captain Cook to the South Seas.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

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Cactus Flowers: The OTHER reason to grow cacti
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Cactus are great plants, for both pot and landscape cultivation. Sometimes we forget (at least I do) that they also can be great flowering plants. The following article is mostly a pictorial of some of the more impressive cactus flowers.

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Fruit Bats up Close and Personal
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

It came out of the blue. I was relaxing on our second floor balcony in tropical Cairns, Australia, enjoying the dusky scenery on a sultry evening, when a huge creature with strange features and a four-foot wingspan cruised by within several feet of my face. That got my attention!

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A goose in my tree?
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Backyard sounds on a sunny winter's day: Nonstop twittering from the house finch version of an American Idol audition crowd. Dry leaves rustling, or crunching underfoot ( I could have sworn I had gathered them all). A goose honking in my maple tree...er, what?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Is your Backyard Berry Patch loaded with delicious, tasty but unusual, exotic, and unfamiliar berries?
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Most of the sweet, juicy, luscious berries of summer have gone to live in Memoryville, and the scant selections now available in our grocery stores pale in both quality and taste without even considering their ever-increasing, exorbitant cost. Now is the time for fall fruits, but it’s also the time for planning scrumptious additions to the backyard berry patch.

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Inspiration in the Chocolate Garden
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

What happens when a gardener encounters two of her great passions (chocolate and gardens) in one setting? Inspiration!

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Herbs Like Rocks: The Mediterranean Climate!
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

Some herbs do not like the fertilized loamy soil you plant them in. Despite their possible lush growth, their flavor, aroma, and medicinal strengths will suffer. Mediterranean herbs do best when allowed to struggle a little in the dry alkaline, and rocky soil of their origins, making them well suited for xeriscaping.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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Going On A Banana Hunt
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Something like the Great Honey Hunt book of my childhood, this was one adventure I lived through in the jungles of Veracruz, Mexico back in the late 1990s. Let’s take a little look into the world of jungle cooking, and who knows but that you might want to travel one day to Veracruz and enjoy these wonderful foods for yourself.

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A Word About Chocolate
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

What's in a word? As far as the word "chocolate" is concerned, actually quite a bit. Join me on a brief linguistic journey that includes not only food for the mind but for the body as well. Along the way, you'll encounter three original, never-before-published chocolate recipes.

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The Coffee Bean Tree
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

The world just has to go on without me until I have had my two cups of coffee. Those who know me, know that I have no voice, no sight and no motion until I have been fueled with a dose of caffeine. Two cups is not too bad, is it?

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Monday, February 9, 2009

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Marshmallows!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

What cup of hot chocolate would be complete without yummy melting mini-marshmallows floating across its steaming surface? What campfire would be complete without roasting marshmallows and making s’mores? And what Valentine’s Day would be complete without fluffy pink homemade marshmallow hearts? How long have marshmallows been around for these traditions to evolve, and are they easy to make? Surprising answers follow.

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Picking a garden color scheme
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Picking a garden color scheme is a lot like composing a painting. You have to look at all the components together and make choices about composition and colors as a whole. If you've never successfully composed a painting, or never thought about composing your garden this way, read on.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

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Growing Herbs Indoors: Specific Needs for Healthy Plants
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Common and uncommon herbs alike can be grown indoors for easy access by cooks and herbalists.

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Trailing African Violets: Grooming, Pruning and Propagating
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Trailing African violets aren’t any trickier to grow than their single-crowned counterparts, but grooming them can be a challenge. Is yours refusing to branch out? Growing into a dense tangle? I’ve got some tips on getting your trailer to shape up.

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Red Buckeye Welcomes Spring
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Years ago my brothers carried a seed of red buckeye in their pockets for luck. Most folks would argue that such a practice would have no impact on a person’s luck. Other people realize that my brothers’ outlooks on life were more positive simply because they spent time in the woods. Having the seed in their pockets conjured up pleasant memories of the woods and nature that helped them to see their cups half-full.

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