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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 farmersí market and wish you could make something wonderful from them? Have you made all the salsa your freezer can hold, and youíre still looking at a mound of hot peppers waiting for you to do *something* with them? Homemade hot sauce is the answer! Itís fun and easy to make, and itíll 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 Nurserymenís and Growersí 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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Thursday, September 24, 2009

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The Jewel Alocasias - Spotlight on Alocasia sanderiana 'Nobilis'
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Few of the Jewels have the startlingly exotic look that this plant has. Seeing one of these transports you to a tropical nirvana where every plant is like a fantasy. You, too, can grow one of these, if you know how. . .

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Hearts A-Burstin' -- The American Euonymus
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Euonymus americana goes by several common names, including American strawberry-bush, hearts-a-burstiní, and bursting heart. Regardless of which name you call it, this plant is a choice selection for shady areas in native and wildlife gardens.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

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Back to Basics Composting
By Kathy LaLiberte, Gardener's Supply (KathyL)

Over the past decade or so, compost-making has become a serious endeavor.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

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Jumping Headfirst into the Art of Bonsai
By Chad Bartlett (GardenSox)

My New Yearís resolution this year was to learn something new every month. It didnít really matter to me what that new thing would be; it just needed to be something I had been interested in doing but never got around to before. After learning to juggle and eat with chopsticks I decided to take on the mysterious art of bonsai.

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Vines of Reunion Island, Part2
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

A previous article introduced you to a few vines growing on my tiny secluded island and as stated then just meant brushing this vast subject so here we are on a second round, grab your cameras and tighten your shoe laces.

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Saturday, September 19, 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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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Tortoises in the Garden
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

The following article will introduce you to some of the more commonly kept garden tortoises, along with care suggestions.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Garden Art: How Can I Protect and Preserve My Garden Art?
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

Garden art comes in a variety of forms, from elaborate fountains to little magical gnomes. Garden art treasures are collected from all over the world and it definitely beautifies our space in the vast world in which we live. One thing I think we can all agree on is that garden art enhances our yards and offers a wonderful glimpse of our personalities. From hand-crafted heirlooms to bargain variety, thrift store garden art, our treasures deserve all we can do to keep them beautiful. Learn more about what you can do to help right here.

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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)

Itís 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. Itís called ďclematis wiltĒ 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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