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Friday, March 27, 2009

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White Willow: Learning useful things
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I used a willow basket when I went to gather eggs. I sat in an old willow rocking chair on our front porch. And I was given a tiny sip of willowbark tea to drink when I had a fever. I learned to weave baskets by using young shoots of the white willow, and when I learned to draw, my teacher gave me drawing tools made of willow charcoal. I remember willow switches, too.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

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Garden Clubs -- Mighty Forces for Good
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Many people have preconceived notions about groups of people. For years, I imagined that garden clubs were nothing more than groups of prissy ladies who wore hats and gloves to their monthly tea parties. I had no idea that they were enterprising women who had serious agendas and who have made major contributions to the health and beauty of our planet. I learned the truth when I became one of them.

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Choosing a Dehydrator: Make your own dried fruit, tomatoes, beef jerky, and more
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Thinking about getting a dehydrator for the bumper crop of tomatoes you hope to have this summer? But how much do you need to spend? Which dehydrator is right for you? And once you have it, what can you do with it?

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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Plant Names from Myth: Daphne
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Several botanical names derive from Greek myth, from the stories of gods who changed a hapless mortal into a plant. But Daphne gave her name to two completely unrelated shrubs.

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Seeds: Collecting, saving and sowing
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I'm always collecting seeds, everywhere I go: in a park, on the street or in someone's garden. Some people may think I'm nuts to get into the flower beds in search of ripe seeds! Well, I'm not. I'm just addicted to plants and I can't help myself from taking a few seeds from a plant I like, so I can have one too!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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Sean McCann: A Rosarian
By Melva Wheeler (melvatoo)

When I learned that Sean McCann was going to be at the 2003 American Rose Society conference, I felt compelled to go. I had enjoyed his columns in the "American Rose Magazine" for years. A drive of more than 10 hours was a small price to pay to meet this gentleman.

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My Favourite House Plant Books
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Have you ever come across one particular book that you could never part with? A book that has everything you could ever need in it, that answers every question you might have? Here are two of my favourites.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

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The Secret Garden . . . what did it REALLY look like?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

The Secret Garden - what did it really look like? If you've read the book, you remember the bricked-up secret garden which came to life when tended by Mary Lennox. If you haven't, perhaps I can convince you to pick up a copy somewhere and read it! Although it's a children's book, it has captivated the hearts of gardeners for generations. Here are some photographs of what the adult in me thinks the flowers in Mary's Secret Garden might have looked like.

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Understanding Grafted Ornamental Trees
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Today's garden centers are filled with a fascinating and beautiful array of ornamental trees that have been manipulated to weep, or curl, or do other things that, in their natural state, they would not. In early spring, neighborhoods filled with weeping cherry and ornamental crab-apple trees provide a breathtaking display of spring beauty. Understanding the process of grafting and the problems it can produce are key to using these specimens in the landscape.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

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Introduction to the Furcraeas, the giant Agave Look-alikes
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Furcraeas are Agave relatives that look like large, trunking Agaves. This article is an introduction to this interesting and ornamental genus.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

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Enjoy garden and nature books, but save some money for the plants
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

I'd love to own a room full of garden and nature books, but if I bought them all new, I'd have no money left to buy any plants.

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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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Obamas to Plant White House Vegetable Garden!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Yesterday, Friday March 20, 2009 was an historic day for all gardeners, but particularly for the vegetable and fruit gardeners. For the first time since Eleanor Roosevelt planted a Victory Garden at the White House in 1943, there will once again be a vegetable garden at the White House. A number of 5th-grade students joined First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday, March 20, 2009 to break ground on an 1100 square foot garden on the South Lawn at the White House.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

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Arsenic and Old Ferns - Home Phytoremediation!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Pressure-treated wood seems the perfect solution for outdoor wood construction such as decks and sheds. However, until relatively recently, the pressure treating process involved arsenic, a poison that is able to leach out of the wood and into the soil around the wood structure. If you have old pressure-treated structures on your property, or have had them, you'll want to read this article . . .

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

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Frogs in Flower Arranging – What’s the Point?
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

At a recent craft show, I noticed a lot of pottery vendors selling “Ichi ban” vases and bowls with built in “frogs" for flower arranging. No, these frogs weren’t little green amphibians, they were sets of little metal spines to hold flower stems upright. If you love bringing in a few blooms, a frog could be your new best friend!

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Introduction to the Modern Library Gardening Series
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Should there be more to a gardening book than the expected “how to” or quick reference? Absolutely! Our garden library should be as vast and varied as the garden itself.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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Plant Select's new book: A resource for all gardeners
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

During March, the writer's group at Dave's is penning articles about their favorite gardening book series and authors. I don't really have a particular series or author that I sway toward, but I do have a favorite organization that everyone should know about. They recently came out with a new book chronicling 25 years of hard work in the gardening industry. Plant Select's new book is a must-read for anyone that is struggling to find plants or resources on tough plants. Moreover, every gardener should support organizations like Plant Select, which lead to better, stronger, and more resilient plants for our gardens.

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Henry Mitchell
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Henry Mitchell is my favorite author of gardening books. His books stay on the table beside my favorite chair ready to pick up and read whenever I tire of working in the garden or writing about it. Every time I read a bit from his books, I am delighted. His opinionated gardening tales are not only informative and entertaining, but they capture the very essence of what gardening is all about.

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Magnesium: Essential for a plant’s health, and ours
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Magnesium is at the core of the chlorophyll molecule, and an essential ingredient for healthy plants, and the animals (including humans) that eat those plants. All living organisms depend on magnesium in all types of cells, body tissues and organs for a variety of functions. Magnesium in human and animal bodies is important in regulating muscle and nerve functions, and half the magnesium in humans is found in our bones.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

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Brachychitons, the Australian Bottle Trees
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article will introduce the reader to some of the more popular and common species of Brachychiton in cultivation (primarily in Mediterranean climates throughout the world).

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

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Speedwells for the Border
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

The speedwells exhibit considerable variation in size and form, from low and creeping to tall and narrow. This article will introduce you to the taller types of speedwells; the species, cutlivars and hybrids that make ideal plants to use in the middle or back of the border.

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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, March 13, 2009

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month!
By Diana Wind (wind)

Computers and cell phones often keep us distracted from fitness and glued to our couches. Celebrate National Nutrition Month ® by getting up and out in your garden for physical activity, and eating fresh fruits and vegetables from your healthy nutritional harvest. Included in this article is a nutrition word find puzzle.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

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Labeling Methods for Seedlings and Garden Plants: What works, what doesn’t
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Garden labels help you keep track of seedlings under lights and in winter sowing containers. They’re also invaluable for helping you remember what you planted where when plants are dormant as well as for keeping track of special cultivars. But they are worthless if you can’t read them…

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Gardening Mistakes as Teachers
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Gardeners are quick to write and tell about their garden successes. It may be that less experienced gardeners read our blathering and conclude that we never make mistakes. I want to reassure everyone that the road to a beautiful garden is paved with failures. Certainly we have some successes along the way, but mistakes are sprinkled in here and there. Together they are the building blocks from which a growing and constantly changing garden emerges.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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Sun Clocks: Interesting TIME In Your Garden!
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

This article will discuss the sun clocks you can set up with free information available on the Internet. The interactive analemmatic "human" sun clock is the focus for my needs, but others will be listed for you to create a sun clock to suit the amount of space in your yard.

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This Ponderosa is Truly a Bonanza
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

When the TV show, "Bonanza," with its Ponderosa Ranch, first aired in the 1960s, my 'Ponderosa' lemon tree was already a decade or so old. I normally don't give my plants pet names, but I was tempted to make an exception and christen it "Bonanza" in honor of my favorite show. Little did I know how apt that name was to be.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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Wild Thyme
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Some scents remain with us forever. Newly mowed grass, baking gingerbread, ground coffee, and my grandmother's lavender sachet, those were all special, but I have always favored the scent of lemony plants. Here's an idea for your scented garden.

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Eating Peas From the Vine
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Taking a moment to share the magic of the garden with a child can be the most rewarding thing you could ever do.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

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Genus, Species, and Cultivars, Oh My?
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

I’ve talked with many gardeners, green and seasoned, who have a hard time remembering what is what within a botanical name as well as how to use it. This is a quick reference, reminder, or education for anyone who has a tough time (and most of us do at one time or another) with botanical Latin.

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Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
By Melva Wheeler (melvatoo)

My husband first saw the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge when he played flight simulator. He had wanted to go there for a long time, so one weekend we made the drive. The refuge is in Oklahoma, and it is just a couple of hours drive by car from where I live.

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Incorporating Moss into the Garden
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

In my article "Controlling Moss in the Lawn," I mentioned that many gardeners consider this invasive plant to be a pest. Another school of thought believes that these simple plants can be incorporated into the garden to expand its beauty. Who hasn't wandered a forest trail, marveling at the velvety green blanket on rocks and logs? That same beauty can be an element in almost any garden.

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

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Adansonia digitata, the African baobab tree
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Even a short stay on Mayotte island left me with a stunning memory of the omnipresent baobab trees of the Southern part. They are called ‘Mbuyu’ in the local tongue of Shimaore and in English, they are known as the lemonade tree or monkey-bread tree.

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

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A Trip to Greenland - Part 2: the Gardens of Greenland
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

In part 2 of this 2 part series on my trip to Greenland, I will describe some of the amazing ornamentals and gardens I saw in this far northern region. It may be the land of snow and ice for 9 months of the year, but Greenland gardeners take advantage of 24 hour daylight summers to grow some amazing gardens during the other 3 months!

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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, March 6, 2009

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Metamorphosis of a School Butterfly Garden
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

The teachers at Dee-Mack Primary and Jr. High School now have a new example to use when explaining the meaning of the word "metamorphosis." The can point out the window, and demonstrate how a bare, muddy patch of grassy yard has undergone a wonderful transformation into a blossoming, fragrant butterfly garden for the school!

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

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Seed Starting 101: Growing Peppers from Seed
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Why start pepper plants from seed? In addition to the three colors of bell peppers and choice of jalapeno or cayenne offered at your local box store, you’ll find an enormous range of choices available from seed. Whether you love the hottest of the hotties or the biggest sweeties, you can grow an assortment perfectly tailored to your tastes and your garden.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

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What ARE These, some New Kind of Striped Grape?? “No, They are Delicious, Old-Fashioned Gooseberries!”
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

'Country life has its conveniences,' he would sometimes say. 'You sit on the verandah and you drink tea, while your ducks swim on the pond, there is a delicious smell everywhere, and . . . and the gooseberries are growing.' ~Anton Chekhov

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Aloe mite: The hidden scourge of the Mediterranean succulent garden
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article is an overview of this insidious creature that--like some highly contagious airborne virus--infects aloes quietly and disfigures them permanently.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

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Vondelpark
By Melva Wheeler (melvatoo)

There are more than 20 parks in Amsterdam. The most popular one is Vondel Park, with 10 million visitors a year. The Amsterdammers call it Vondelpark.

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