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Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Dave's Garden Book Review: The Joy of Foraging
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners love books, as the number of titles devoted to the subject attest. We hope this spotlight on some of our members' favorites is a nice change of pace for your Saturday morning.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

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The Language of Tomatoes
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I have been growing tomatoes for almost 50 years. About five years ago, I received an invitation from a friend to see his tomato garden and it changed my outlook about growing the most popular plant found in home gardeners. I was very impressed by the vigor, size, and production of his heirloom variety called 'Daniels' which is said to be from West Virginia. This was one of the best-tasting tomatoes that I had ever eaten. He also generously shared some seeds with me and my choice of tomatoes to grow was changed forever.

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Vertical Gardening - Teaching Your Plants Who’s Boss
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Support your friends, support your community, support your plants! Gardening structures give a lift to hesitant climbers, blowsy flowers and vertically challenged vegetables.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Weather for Gardeners - Warm and Cold, Humid and Dry
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Weather conditions are extremely important to us as gardeners. If you are like me, you keep an eye on the weather for signs of heat, cold, rain, snow, or other possibilities that will impact your plants. In this group of articles I'm going to help you understand some of the "what" and "why" of weather phenomena. This is knowledge that you can use to get better gardening results. . .

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Parma Violet or African Violet?
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I've often heard the name of Parma Violet when referring to an African violet, but I have never questioned myself about this confusion, up until now.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Cream peas: these easy, delicious "Southern peas" are making their way north
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Moving to a whole new gardening zone can open up great new possibilities. I haven't moved, but my sister has. When she started gardening in Florida, she discovered cream peas. She found them easy to grow, but better than that, she discovered that the "simple" cream peas were surprisingly savory. She was so happy with her cream peas that she shared them with me both in the garden and in the kitchen. Now I'll share them with you.

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Water Conservation Tips for Your Garden
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

As fears of another summer of drought conditions in many areas develop, you may be wondering how you can save water and still have a thriving garden. There are a number of steps you can take to conserve this precious commodity and to save money while keeping your garden growing and healthy.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Euphorbias for landscaping - the cold-hardy columnar, tree species
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This is an article designed to introduce the reader to some of the available bigger succulent, columnar Euphorbia shrub or tree species used for landscaping and pot culture.

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The secret identity of those mild-mannered foods: SUPERFOODS*!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Look, out in the kitchen! It's a berry, it's a seed, it's a Superfood! These ordinarily mild-mannered and familiar foods come to you in their secret identity as Superfoods. Disguised as simple sweet potatoes or normal almonds from a great metropolitan supermarket, these Superfoods fight a never-ending battle for health, nutrition, and the American way, Possibly if you eat enough of them, you, too, can be faster than a speeding rabbit, more powerful than a Roto-Tiller and able to leap tall saplings with a single bound!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

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Stellar Starflower
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Although often considered southern belles, spring starflowers (Ipheion or Tristagma spp.) can shine as far north as zone 5. Since that is my own zone, I planted a few bulbs at the front of a flower bed last fall, covering them with an upside-down daisy tray (a flat with a webbed bottom) to prevent our chickens from scratching them up again.

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Wake Up to Spring Annual Color in Your Landscape
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Go beyond perennials with annual flowers. These easy to grow plants add the extra punch the early season garden needs for uplifting appeal.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Seven ways to sneak bulbs into your landscape without your lawn's mower even noticing!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

My husband loves his lawn. Oh, he's not as bad as the guy next door, who has a tractor mower for his quarter acre lot, but there is a bit of competition on our street for whose lawn looks the most like a golf course. (We lose.) And my dearly beloved husband won't let me plant crocuses in the lawn! That ripening period when the flowers are gone and the foliage is tall and gangly and he is not allowed to mow is just too long for him. So I've been exploring ways to hide the fact that I am still planting more and more bulbs in our yard.

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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, April 5, 2014

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A Refreshing Walk on Upland Reunion Island
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

As the weather is still quite warm at this time of the year I thought you would enjoy a refreshing walk in the highlands of Reunion, so we are going today to Argamasse.

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Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Coleus
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many new gardeners are starting to plan their first adventure into our crazy, wonderful world. Without a little guidance from seasoned veterans, they often choose seeds and plants that are more challenging than their budding skills can handle. These plant profiles will feature time-tested seeds and plants that are easy to grow, but produce a great show.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

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Heavenly Hyacinth
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Originally a rather humble spring bulb, hyacinth’s history can be traced back to the time of the ancient Greeks. Markedly improved in form, size and color, today’s hybridized hyacinth has fortunately retained a heavenly scent. As few as three of these classic beauties can perfume a spring garden or walkway for weeks.

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Fast, Nutritious Edibles for the Whole Family to Grow
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Want to eat your own produce without waiting an entire season? Try growing sprouts or microgreens.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

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A Peony With a Past
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Call me sentimental, but tears well up as I divide my favorite plant, Grandma’s pink peony. It doesn’t have a fancy name, but it has lots of history.

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Bats and White Nose Syndrome: Why We Should ALL Be Concerned
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Joni Mitchell once famously sang, “Don't it always seem to go / That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.” I sincerely hope that isn't the case with the native bat populations in the United States, but the prognosis is grim. A mysterious disease, White Nose Syndrome, is spreading inexorably westward through the country, decimating the native bat communities. Read on to see why you, as a gardener, farmer, or simply a consumer, should be concerned.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Salvia mellifera: Black Sage
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Black sage (Salvia mellifera) is considered the least attractive of the California salvias. However, it is attractive to bees and butterflies. In fact, mellifera means honey bearing.

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Interesting Locations for Climbing Vines
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Climbing vines add interesting, almost whimsical elements to any outdoor or indoor space.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Introducing the New Brevaria Tomato
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

In a small Italian town, along the outskirts of Florence, a recent discovery has been made. An ancient species of tomato has been unearthed and promises to offer something spectacular for your kitchen garden.

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Beta Testers wanted!
By Melody Rose (melody)

Dave’s Garden has over 600,000 members and in the gardening world, that’s a force to be recoded with. It is no wonder that sometimes vendors come to us to help them when launching a new product.

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Little Spring Bulbs: Grape Hyacinth and Star of Bethlehem
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Two very prolific, easy-as-pie spring bulbs that faithfully burst forth each year are also among the small and understated flower accents for the spring garden. They produce pretty, whimsical flowers. Let me tell you a little more about them.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

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Milkweed and Monarchs
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

In much of the country, Asclepias (milkweed) of one kind or another is native. Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed for their survival. Tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is not native, but it is often chosen for garden plantings because of its colorful flowers and general availability. Native orange butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is more difficult to establish in gardens but may well be worth the extra effort required.

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Parsley, an Herb to Grow for All Seasons
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

To my surprise, I have found that parsley is a hardy herb that can be grown any time of the year.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Miniature Water Gardens: Potted Fantasy
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

A few years ago, an enthusiastic pond gardening neighbor encouraged me to challenge myself, and add a water garden at home. With some trepidation, and his gift of a small black plastic, solid bottom pot. I dug my hole and began a venture into miniature ponds.

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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, March 29, 2014

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Planting Palms
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Though Palms are Trees, because their root structure differs from most dicot trees, there may be different strategies to planting palms other than one might use to plant most other trees. This short article is a discussion of some various techniques used by palm specialists, along with some of my own blunders.

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Identifying Wildflowers: Spigelia marilandica, the Indian Pink
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many cultivated plants can trace their 'roots' to common roadside wildflowers and gardeners often assume that the wild or native form is simply an escapee from someone's garden. Wildflowers are beloved little treasures that have inspired poets, artists and storytellers from around the world and learning to recognize them and preserving their declining habitat is something all gardeners should aspire to.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

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Lessons in tropical plant care
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Many of us struggle to grow potted plants in a home or office. We'd be in for some surprises if we saw the same plants growing in their preferred conditions. That plant which we may know as a finicky specimen can, in its natural home, behave like a completely different "animal." Understanding a plant's preferred habitat can really enhance the experience of growing tropicals in the home.

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How to Harden Off Seedlings
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Prevent transplant stress and grow strong, healthy plants from seeds using a technique called hardening to transition them to the garden.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Plant a Perennial Cutting Garden
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

It takes little effort and expense to have a fresh, colorful bouquet for your home each week. A few cents per plant from seed to bloom is a small price to pay for such large returns.

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April is National Gardening Month.
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

April offers many opportunities to get a non-gardener interested in growing things; a great time to recruit folks to grow produce to feed the hungry; or probably the most important get a child interested in gardening. Let’s celebrate National Gardening Month.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Oenothera speciosa: Perennial Pink Primrose
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Growing perennial flowers from seed is one of my favorite hobbies. Let me tell you about one such flower that I tried several years ago that absolutely thrives under my care: Oenothera, the persistent perennial.

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Happy National Spinach Day
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Some like it steamed, some like it creamed. Popeye the Sailor Man took his straight out of the can. No matter how you like it, spinach is a favorite plant of gardeners and cooks throughout the world.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Divide and Conquer - Make New Plants from Old Ones!
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Here's a basic primer on how to divide some of your perennials. Don't neglect this duty; it's nature's way of giving you free plants!

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Flamboyant Flame Peas
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Jacques Labillardiere reportedly performed the 1791 equivalent of a happy dance, when he discovered the flame pea and water at the same time in southwestern Australia. So the name Chorizema supposedly derives from choros (“dance”) and zema (“drink”).

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Monday, March 24, 2014

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Know Your Narcissus
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Few flowers better signify the triumph of spring over winter than the narcissus, or daffodil. Perky, hardy and often delightfully fragrant, these flowers are a cheerful reminder that warmer weather is on the way.

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March Madness – Which Plants Survived?
By Donna Trieger (DTrieger)

One of my favorite flowering shrubs, Daphne, usually blooms in late January or early February. In the dark days of winter, I look forward to their clusters of heavenly-scented pink flowers that appear so early in the spring. This year, not so much.

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