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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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Natural Ways to Remove Rust From Antique Gardening Tools
By April Dowling (ADowling)

There’s something nostalgic about collecting antique gardening tools. Whether you’re an avid gardener or a general antique collector, antique gardening tools can add timeless appeal to any collection. While some collectors prefer to preserve the aging appearance of antique gardening tools, others would rather restore their appearance.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Attracting Feathered Friends with Backyard Birdfeeders
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

This is the first of a four-part series on attracting birds to your yard. Part one will examine types of bird feeders. Varieties of seed will highlight part two. Next up is a look at winter essentials for your birds in part three. Part four is a fun look at the Bird Watching Forum here on Dave's Garden.

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Gardening Chores In November
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

When fall come, work in the garden comes to an end. That makes me sad, but there's no time for sadness because I still have too much to do before winter comes.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

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Sugar Maple Trees: So Much to Offer!
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, chances are you have a fondness for maple trees. Whether you are a connoisseur of maple syrups, a musician, a baseball player, a bowler, an archer, a wood-worker, or a seeker of stunning autumn colors, our lives would be much poorer without the splendid maple tree!

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Peace Lily, Flowers and Foliage for Low-Light Areas
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

How would you like a house plant that tolerates low light, blooms with long-lasting flowers, and tells you when it's dying of thirst? Meet Spathiphyllum, known by most plant-lovers as the peace lily.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

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Seed Snatchin': The Art and Sport of Collecting Seeds
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

We all know gardeners who pounce on every faded flower, deadheading to keep their garden looking as fresh and colorful as possible. Other gardeners, less dedicated or more distracted, claim the spent flowers add “texture” to their gardens. And some gardeners know the value of allowing seeds to ripen for later collection. To them, those dried stems have a special beauty and excitement after the flowers fade. Seed collecting can be an obsessive hobby, and one that’s not necessarily limited to your own garden…

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

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Vernonia baldwinii - The Underused Ironweed
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

With tall stalks rising from the grassy prairie Vernonia baldwinii is a stunning plant with simple leaves and stems that are crowned from the heat of summer to early fall with wonderful purple blooms. A great plant that needs to be in more gardens - let me introduce you to the wonder that is Ironweed.

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What's that Bug? The Camouflaged Looper: Synchlora aerata
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners often encounter unique and colorful insects in their gardens. The trick is to know which ones are friends and which ones are foes. This series of articles will help identify some of the most unusual ones and give you a peek into their lives

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Friday, November 8, 2013

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Garden Visitor: The White-Breasted Nuthatch
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Bird watchers are far more likely to spy the white-breasted nuthatch hanging upside-down than perching right-side up. That’s because it travels head-first down tree trunks, stopping periodically to investigate crevices in the bark.

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Five Essential Tools for Pruning Roses
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Roses benefit from regular, timely pruning. Pruning back unwanted canes to shape roses should be done in most parts of the United States during the winter months from January through the end of February. Leafless, dormant roses make it easy to shape the canes into the desired form.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

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Party Favors From the Heart: African Violets and Handmade Containers
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

When I got married about two years ago, I racked my brain to come up with a good party favor that would be meaningful to my husband and me, as well as be something the guests could keep for a long time to come. While monogrammed napkins and bubbles are nice, they didn’t really speak to me or about me. I needed something relatively cheap since I was going to have 150 guests and something that I could personally make. After much consideration and research, I ended up deciding to use both my gardening and creative gifts, to come up with my perfect party favor: home-propagated African Violets in hand-made clay pots. The following is a short tale of my journey to matrimonial insanity and back.

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Pruning the Sacred Tree: Blasphemy or Necessity?
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

As a tree surgeon I was recently confronted with a dilemma: being asked to prune a Ficus benghalensis which is a sacred tree in many countries, but was a threat for pupils so I had to make a decision…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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Houseplants Outdoors, A Pumpkin Indoors
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

I used to think that houseplants were special species that could only live indoors. Then I began to place a few of them outdoors to see how they would fare. Likewise, I once grew a pumpkin plant indoors during cold weather. Here is my tale of growing things in exchanged settings.

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When a Nut's Not a Nut -The Humble Peanut
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Peanuts are synonymous with classic American moments such as baseball games and the PB and J on the first day of school. Their protein content rivals that of a beef steak and just a couple of tablespoons has as much fiber as 1/2 cup of broccoli. This amazing food is really not a nut at all but it packs powerful nutritional value and is a recipe staple around the globe.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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Witch Hazel and Aunt Bett
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

When Aunt Bett helped me cut some branches of Witch Hazel to place in water on my bedside table, she didn't tell me the seed pods would explode and shower my bed with tiny black seeds. There is nothing like a loud POP! to bring you out of a dead sleep. Since my room was upstairs and the window was right beside my bed, I consider myself fortunate to have lived to tell the tale.

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Up, Up and Away: Unmanned Drone Aircraft Uses in Agriculture
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Many times certain innovations used in warfare can be adapted for peacetime use. That is the case of unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. Farmers around the world are using this ttechnology to improve their growing methods.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

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Spinning, Dancing Gourds: Cute Fall Decor, Child's Toy and Mini Birdhouse Ornament
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Gourds are always popular in fall decorating, and gourds are easy to grow. The tiny variety called "spinning top" or dancing gourd is an unusual heirloom type. Have a small garden or even a large pot with tomato cage? You can grow handfulls of these tiny treasures.

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Stay Sharp – Fall Tool Care
By Gemma Alexander (G_Alexander)

In a throwaway culture, tool maintenance can be intimidating to beginners. But taking the time to learn a few basic steps is satisfying. It will help keep tools useful for a lifetime and give you more money to spend on plants.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

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Capturing Autumn's Splendor
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Fall provides a spectacular display in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere. The season is, without a doubt, a favorite of photographers - professional and amateur alike.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

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Hey, What's going on in there?
By Marty Shows (steadycam3)

Have you ever wondered how a worm-like striped creature that crawls on many legs can transform itself into the 6 legged velvet winged beauty that is a butterfly? By what magic does this transformation take place? That magic is known as complete metamorphosis but exactly what is going on when we say that multi-syllabic word?

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Sweet Solution for Garden Hot Peppers
By Diana Wind (wind)

What do you do with hot peppers that you can't give away? Peppers can be quite plentiful - right through the fall. Homemade hot pepper jelly makes a sweet solution that pleases people who never thought they could enjoy hot peppers. Most hot pepper jelly recipes add vinegar, which can impart a vinegar flavor. Try canning this jalapeno pepper jelly recipe without added vinegar. Decorate the jar with a ribbon and a card for a welcomed holiday gift from your kitchen.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

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Floral Design for Kids
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Garden clubs take seriously their charge to work with children and teach them the joy and art of gardening and floral design. In this article I will share some simple techniques that can be used to create a plethora of designs with children of all ages.

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November is National Peanut Butter Lover's Month
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Some like it creamy and some like it chunky. For all of us, November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month and we can thank the Incas, a wizard, several wars, and a World Fair.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Wolves in the Garden
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

Halloween is the time to ponder on all things creepy. And these large, hairy predators are no exception. They are serious about hunting their prey. They creep about the environs, often in the night, in search of tender morsels such as cockroaches. Don't be squeamish. These hairy hunters are a gardener's best friend. We may not enjoy the fare they do, but their steady appetite of insects makes for excellent biological insect control.

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Boo! A Scary Garden for Halloween
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

On October 31, U.S. children of all ages dress up in costumes and witches and spirits are thought to roam the earth. If you like Theme Gardens, why not consider a Halloween Garden? There are plenty of plants to fill a Halloween Garden in any climate, from "Black Magic Repellant Plant" to numerous cultivars with names like 'Masquerade' and 'Tango Halloween'. You can fill a whole garden with other scary plants and flowers, in any zone, and have a Halloween tango in your garden every summer night, not just October 31, if you're not too spooked by the idea.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Let us go to the market!
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

I usually take my readers to natural settings or historical places when not in a garden tour but of course I also have to eat every once in a while, so this morning we will be going to the street market in Saint-Pierre.

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The 10 Best Corn Mazes in the US
By Sandy Baker (S_Baker)

If you love corn mazes, these treasures are hard to pass up. From being completely dark to fun, kid-friendly fun, these are anything but your average maze. Depending on where you live, it may be worth setting out to experience them first hand. If not, get some inspiration from these teams and start planning your own corn maze for next year!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Rue the Day
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

When you want to get blue…get rue.

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Antiquing With Tea
By Amber Royer (dandylyon85)

Sometimes you just want the look of a vintage houseware or clothing item, but you either can’t find the real thing – or you can’t afford it. If you are starting with a white fabric/lace piece, tea is an inexpensive way to add instant age to fibers. Antiquing with tea couldn’t be easier. Practically all you need is a container filled with good, strong black tea.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

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The Max of Perennial Sunflowers
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

The Maximilian sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani) used to be the last perennial, with the exception of monkshood, blooming in my garden in October. Admittedly, it can grow to 10 feet and holds most of its flowers very close to its stalk, for a decidedly gangly look. In my flowerbed, the lanky latecomer also tended to slouch against nearby plants or sprawl at somewhat drunken angles, since I never got around to staking it.

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Which Pumpkin Is Best: Canning, Pies, and Carving
By Sandy Baker (S_Baker)

By now, your garden is overflowing with bright orange squash, including the tried-and-true pumpkin. You've picked out a few to carve with the kids for Halloween. You've put a few aside for roasting to make Thanksgiving Day pie. And, you have a few small ones ideal for decorating. Even if you haven't thought this far ahead and selected the right pumpkins for your needs, it's easy to find most varieties available at most farmers markets and whole foods stores. The question is, though, which one is best for you?

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

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Japanese Vegetables for Cool Weather Growing
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

The 12 month growing season in Georgia and my love for ethnic foods had me searching for a wide variety of vegetables I could grow all winter. After combing through many seed catalogs I discovered that some Japanese vegetables prefer cool weather – mostly those of the cold tolerant brassica family that are tastier with a touch of frost. They are delicious when young and tender in a salad, and terrific cooked when mature.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Lovely Lamium
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

One of the up and coming stars in the ornamental plant world are spotted dead-nettles or Lamium maculatum. This multi-purpose plant is grown for both its flowers and lovely foliage display. Of low stature, this plant is useful for border edges, rock gardens, shady gardens and containers. This article will introduce you to the many cultivars which now exist.

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Ask-a-Gardener: Your Gardening Questions Answered
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardening is both art and science, with some luck and skill thrown in for good measure. A big part of what attracts people to Dave's Garden has always been our forums, where gardeners ask and answer questions for one another. Occasionally we come across a question that we find particularly interesting or intriguing. We hope you find these questions (and answers, penned by our admins and writers) helpful as you grow your gardening knowledge!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

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Would a Pumpkin By Any Other Name Taste as Sweet?
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Would a pumpkin by any other name taste as sweet? What if you discovered it was actually a squash? Read on to discover all kinds of surprising facts about the pumpkins grown in Central Illinois.

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How to Save a Tender Perennial Indoors
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Focus your eyes on your summer garden or patio and you will likely be able to find a plant that has been purchased as an annual when it is really a perennial in its growing zone. Garden centers and nurseries bring in exotic flora to tempt and delight us with new and more amazing color, scent and form. This excellent marketing approach is difficult to resist after a winter spent inside, chafing to grow spectacular flowers, fruits and vegetables. Many gardeners chose plants that will not survive their winter temperatures as annuals, but some of these tender flora can be saved over the winter, indoors. The result is money saved, a vigorous plant with a developed root system and the satisfaction of caring for a difficult specimen.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Who in the World is Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold?
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Mystery, forbidden romance, intrigue: Philipp F. B. von Siebold’s life story has it all.

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