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Saturday, April 25, 2009

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Tango, the Garden Cat ~ part 2: Tango's Garden Adventure
By Diana Wind (wind)

It's time for part 2 of the fictional short story Tango, the Garden Cat. The adventure is written for all ages to enjoy, based on a true story of a cat that just arrived in our backyard garden. Tango is a feral, outdoor cat that may never rest in the comfort of a cozy, safe, indoor bed. A brief article inspired by a no-kill, cat shelter's garden, designed by a Master Gardener, precedes the story.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Small nut trees in the Home Fruit and Nut Garden
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Most nut trees are too large to grow more than one or perhaps two in a home fruit and nut garden. However, a few familiar (and some unfamiliar) nut trees are suitable, depending on your climate zone. Almonds, cashews, filberts (hazelnuts), pine nuts and pistachios are some of the well-known smaller nut trees.

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Beans! Beans! The Poisonous Fruit!
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Everyone knows that eating beans may have a socially undesirable effect on the digestive system. But many people are unaware that kidney beans, if consumed raw, contain a dangerous toxin that can produce much more drastic effects.

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Lichen, an Ecosystem Wonder
By Diana Wind (wind)

My inspiration to write about lichens came from a lichen-covered, dying red maple in our front yard. For lichens, every day is Earth Day. Like people, lichens need a clean environment to thrive. Celebrate Earth Day by doing something good for the environment. Baked goods always enhance a celebration; I hope you enjoy the recipe at the end of the article.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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Let's have a tea party!
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

According to those who know, a tea party is an afternoon social gathering at which tea and light refreshments are served. I'll make the tea, and you bring refreshments, won't that be fun?

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Please, just call me "Herb"
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Many of us use the terms herbs and spices interchangeably. Just what exactly is the difference, anyway? Is there a difference?

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Monday, April 20, 2009

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Firs and Spruces
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

All evergreen trees are not created equal. Most people cannot tell the difference between a spruce, fir and pine, though many distinct differences do exist. Read more on what specifically makes spruces and firs different from pines.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

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ABCs of Bt, a "natural" pesticide
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Caterpillars, mosquitoes and a few other pests can be controlled without using highly toxic chemicals. Read on to understand Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) treatments for pest control.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

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Adaptations of Alpine Plants (or Why Rock Garden Plants Look Like They Do!)
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Ever wonder why rock garden plants are typically short, evergreen, mat or mound-forming? Why are they often so prolific in their blooming? It all comes down to adaptations that allow them to survive in rigorous alpine climates. After reading this article, you will hopefully have a better appreciation of this choice group of garden plants and why they often present challenges in their cultivation.

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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, April 17, 2009

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A Tale of Two Hollyhocks: The Galena Hollyhock
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

When tears are in your eyes, it’s time to look outside. Your heart can find another way.

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Who was Mary and Why was She Contrary?
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

A charming, simple, innocent nursery rhyme about gardening, right? That’s what I always thought…

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

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Displaying Horticulture in a Standard Flower Show
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The Standard Flower Show gives gardeners a chance to show what they grow. Find out about flower shows in your neck of the woods to see if opportunities exist to share your successes with others.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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Creasy Greens... Say WHAT??
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

At the first hint of spring in the Appalachian Mountains, folks start looking for “creasy greens”. They are the earliest of any of the wild greens, often poking through the snow, and although traditionally hunted by foragers they are now grown commercially. Creasy greens are usually cooked long, like kale, mustard or turnip greens but they are equally good raw in a fresh salad.

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The Best Veggie Garden $1 Can Buy
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

With my Colorado hard clay soil, I struggled to raise vegetables. Not just “good” vegetables, but “any” vegetables. I tried to till in one or two bags of composted manure, watered till my husband was blue in the face while paying the bill, and stared longingly at my dirt clod for hours. Good vegetables never resulted. But this year I got serious about it, and in a very cheap way.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

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Successful Hellstrip Planting
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

If you’ve already given up on growing something nice in the area between the sidewalk and curb, take a second look.

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Shrubs for Shade
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

A magnificent spreading maple tree towers over the house and back garden, providing relief from the summer sun--a refreshing spot to relax and enjoy the floral scenery. But even moderate shade poses a challenge for planning a garden or flower bed. Annuals and perennials are easily tucked here and there, but what if you want a nice woody ornamental as a focus piece, or to provide privacy to your restful spot? Here are some tried-and-true shrubs for shady gardens.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

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Orchids of Reunion island
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Orchid seeds' weight is given not in grams or even milligram but in micrograms which is a millionth of a gram, so it is easy to understand that such dusty things can travel with winds and even farther with tropical cyclones, a regular feature in our area of the world. It seems orchids seeds used air-travel to reach Reunion from Madagascar and Asia.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

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Delosperma, the Hardy Ice-Plants
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

The hardy flora from the mountains of South Africa is just starting to come to light in regards to their ornamental potential. One group of plants from this region that are proving to be wonderful garden plants are the hardy ice-plants or Delosperma. For xeric gardens, they make a bold splash of colour all season, but even gardeners as far north as zone 5 can enjoy these South African succulents. This article will introduce you to this relatively new group of garden ornamentals.

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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, April 10, 2009

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Take All Five Senses for a Walk
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

We are very visually oriented. That might be expected since humans have very good color perception but poor hearing and sense of smell compared to the animals. However, we do have five senses, and using all of them, or at least more than sight, can add to the enjoyment of being outdoors.

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Cultivating Stillness - Preparing Your Sacred Space
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Why do we garden? This is a rhetorical question of course but when we stop to think about it, one of the most compelling reasons is to have a place to find solace from the outside world.

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Alocasia maharani - Another Jewel for You to Consider!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

This newer plant might seem similar to others I've covered previously, but this is definitely a distinctly different Jewel! Read on to learn why . . .

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

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Wildlife Friendly Gardening: Certifying Your Yard as a NWF Wildlife Habitat
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Whether you’ve found the Gardening for Wildlife forum or whether you’re running out of excuses your homeowner's association will accept for your brush piles and overgrown flower beds, backyard wildlife habitat certification might be just right for you! Learn more…

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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Floral Cookery and Politics
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

What flower stopped an advancing army, is easy to grow, and is edible to boot?

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Get an Early Start on Your Garden with a Cold Frame!
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

In the last article, I discussed several different designs for building your own cold frame. Now, let's delve into information on how to put your new cold frame to use!

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Monday, April 6, 2009

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Brugmansia - the Basics and How To Grow Them
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Brugmansia or Angel’s Trumpets are some of the most intoxicating and wonderful flowers to grow but many gardeners shy away from these wonderful plants because they feel they are hard to grow or are too much work to be worth it. This is a look at these wonderful plants and the simple and easy way to grow them.

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Caring for potted plants while you're away
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Inevitably, all gardeners must leave their precious plants at some point for extended periods of time. Whether it is on vacation, to tend to a family emergency or a work trip, sometimes our plants just have to fend for themselves. Here are a few tips for how to care for your potted plants if you do have to be away.

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Help Is In the Mail: Beneficial Insects and Biological Controls
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Gardeners and homeowners today are more cognizant of the need to protect our planet and care for our environment. Gone are the days of dusting and spraying everything that moved, or drenching herbicides on plants that sprouted where they didn't belong. Organic and biological controls are the wave of today and the future, and they are as close as your Internet connection.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

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Skunk and Pet Problems in the Suburban and Rural Garden
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Skunks are a common nuisance creature in suburban and rural gardens; not just in terms of digging up the plants, but as an annoyance and potential risk for you and your pets as well. The following article will cover a few of these topics along with some suggestions on treatment and prevention.

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Alocasia princeps 'Purple Cloak' - Another Jewel for You to Try!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Several new Alocasias have appeared on the market in the recent year or so. One of them is Alocasia princeps, also known as 'Purple Cloak'. With my interest in this genus of plants, you can be sure I got my hands on one, and it is now blooming. Read on for more about this Jewel . . .

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

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An Introduction to Wild Gingers
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Wild gingers are often more appreciated in the wild than in gardens but between the beauty of their foliage and the fascinating blooms of the newly introduced Asian species, the Asarums are enjoying a surge in popularity. This article will introduce you to the diversity that exists among the genus Asarum.

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Irresistible Chocolate Garden Color
By Diana Wind (wind)

For an irresistible garden, try planting a few 'dark' or 'chocolate' plants alongside plants of contrasting foliage and bloom color; the combinations are endless. And for a special treat, add a chocolate garden kiss and watch the butterflies come!

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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, April 3, 2009

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The World Wide Spud
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

How an unlikely, ugly little tuber conquered the world.

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Southwest Adventures: The Desert Comes to Life
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Do you believe in magic? As gardeners, I am almost certain that you do. I shall share with you a beautiful sort of magic that is unveiled twice a year in the low desert.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

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What is a Standard Flower Show?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The term, “Standard Flower Show” is the official title of a flower show conforming to standards established by National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC). The purposes of a Standard Flower Show as outlined by NGC are to educate club members and the viewing public, to stimulate interest in horticulture and floral design, to provide an outlet for creative expression, and to convey to the community the objectives of NGC.

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Holland's Keukenhof Gardens: Sixty Years of Spectacular Spring Flowers
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

My husband had a conference in Amsterdam recently, and as soon as I discovered the Keukenhof would open its season that week I knew I had to make the trip with him. I'd admired the world's most spectacular display of spring flowering bulbs for years in magazines and gardening catalogs and was overjoyed at the thought of seeing the gardens in person.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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Fractals - Revolutionary Discovery Thwarted for 700 Years by Academic Schism
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

The monastic lifestyle leaves monks with an abundance of time on their hands. So it is no surprise that significant discoveries have been made over time by these cloistered fellows. But most of them pale in significance when compared to the achievement made by a little-known German monk of the 13th century. This man's astounding discovery predated that of Benoit Mandelbrot by over 700 years! Read on for the incredible facts . . .

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New flowers hit the market this spring.
By April (Aunt_A)

Every year more plants are discovered and designed. This year is no exception. This is the spring season of opportunity; don't miss the great additions.

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