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Thursday, June 5, 2008

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Softneck Garlic for Southern Climates
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Softneck garlics are well adapted to warmer climates. It is softneck garlic that you are likely to find in the grocery store, because softneck garlic stores and travels better than hardneck. The types of softneck garlic you are most likely to encounter are Artichokes (with a sub-group of Turbans) and Silverskins.

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Colors to Dye for.....
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I often think that I live in the wrong century; I straddle the fence between then and now. Of course it is much easier today to run to the store and pick up a package of red dye, than to go out in the fields and find pokeberries in order to make my own. But doesn't it make you feel especially good when you make something wonderful without having to purchase a thing?

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Underplanting bonsai tutorial
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

So you've worked hard on creating the perfect miniature tree, you've potted, trimmed, nipped and tucked. Then you realize it just doesn't look like a real tree, just some plant in a pot with no true ties to nature. If this sounds like you, keep reading as I am about to introduce you to some plants you may not have thought of as bonsai accents. Sometimes they are cheap... or even free.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

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Hardneck Garlic for Northern Climates
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Are you a hardneck or a softneck kinda garlic lover? Do you know? Most of us only know the supermarket variety, which is a softneck grown for shipping qualities rather than range of flavor. Hardneck and softneck are the broadest terms used for all varieties of garlic, and there are several hundred sub-species within those varieties. We’ll look at a few of the hardnecks here, and some taste notes you might consider in growing one variety over another.

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"Do the roots in your pots go round and round?"
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Trees grown in standard nursery pots often have root systems that are a disaster waiting to happen. Why? Because in a standard nursery pot, the tree roots have no option but to follow the pot wall, around and around. Unlike the arms of an octopus, these roots cannot unwrap or unfurl once the tree is planted in the ground.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

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Deciduous Vines for the Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Vines are among the most basic and simple plants to grow in the garden. They can be trained to everything, and, on the whole, they are great for whatever space you have to give them. They come back year after year and love to grow. Take a look at the world of simple to grow deciduous vines for the garden.

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Why Grow Garlic?
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

The first benefit to the home gardener is the opportunity to grow and use some of the magnificent garlic varieties seldom, if ever, found in the supermarkets and rarely even at farmer’s markets or roadside stands. Out of over 600 sub-varieties, only 2 are commonly found in grocery stores. If you like cooking and eating garlic, expand your repertoire!

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CityGreen: Broken Arrow Beauty Makeover
By April (Aunt_A)

"Free daffodils"? A medium size City in Oklahoma woke up this Spring to hundreds of Yellow Blossoms blooming in the City right-of-ways. Our landscape was changed by Citizens cooperating together the previous fall and planting donated Daffodil bulbs. You can do the same in your City.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

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Think Green: Foliage as an Alternative to Flowers
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

What does “going green” really mean to those of us who love to garden? “To be mindful and sensitive to the natural environment of your daily life” would seem to be a perfect description.

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

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Big worms with scary teeth
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

On a pleasantly sunny late summer afternoon, with no sense of impending doom, I answered the doorbell, to be greeted by THIS!!!

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Big Bugs! at the Morton Arboretum
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

See the Big Bugs! from April 25 - July 20 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. David Rogers' huge wooden bug sculptures astonish children and fascinate adults.

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

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High Chaparral: Salvia clevelandii
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Isn’t it wonderful when you discover a plant previously unknown to you that’s both beautiful and deemed perfect for your climate?

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Friday, May 30, 2008

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Cajun Hibiscus at Dupont Nursery
By Lisa Neal (justmeLisa)

When we operated our garden center in Louisiana, I had a much anticipated task of going to Dupont Nursery once a month to hand select the hibiscus we sold. Needless to say, it was a dirty job, but someone had to do it. (Notice the sarcasm in that last statement.) Every visit to their greenhouse felt like the first visit, it never got old. Walking through hundreds of blooming hibiscus and buzzing hummingbirds, it always took my breath away.

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Follow Your Dreams And Make A Grilled Cheese Sandwich
By Melody Rose (melody)

When people get together, it is natural for food to be involved. We enjoy offering something as simple as a glass of cold tea or as intricate as a five course dinner to our guests. But sometimes fancy ingredients just complicate the offering. A few well chosen items can make something as simple as a grilled cheese sandwich a feast. This week, I had in my opinion, the best grilled cheese ever

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

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Mr. Squirrel Meets Macho
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Mr. Squirrelah has just returned to his Momma and Poppa's tree, after his tree was downed by an ice storm. Let's see how he adjusts!

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Alternative pond plants
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

We've all heard of Water Lettuce for ponding...but what about growing regular Garden Lettuce as a pond plant or even a Hosta or two? Read on...!

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Trading Plants: How to Pack Plants for Shipping by Mail
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Although some swapping is done locally or at DG roundups, a lot of the plant trading at Dave’s Garden happens by mail. How can you pack plants so they survive several days of cross-country transportation? How can you package plants so they don’t end up being heavy and costly to ship? This step by step guide to packing bare root plants for shipping will show you.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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The Easy Way to Grow in Heavy Clay Soils
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

When I first became interested in gardening and joined Dave’s Garden, my yard was all "small green things” mixed with a little grass growing in heavy, wet clay soil. There were 2 maple trees too close together flanking the sidewalk and nothing else. I soon took down the trees but didn’t know what to do with the stumps. This ultimately brought about learning how to garden in heavy clay.

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The Lawn Invaders: Yarrow
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

My prairie guide book says yarrow is often found in prairies that have been disturbed. In other words, it isn't really a native prairie plant. In fact, I'm beginning to think that "weed" is a good word for it, the way it invades the lawn.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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Simple Ground Covers for the Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

These are the easiest to grow and the best ground covers for the normal garden. We all have those areas we need to have covered in something, right? The grass does not grow there or it is too hard to mow. We don’t want a garden there now or don’t have the time to grow one. These are the simple plants that can fill that space, look classy, and perfectly fit that space in the garden.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

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Gladiolus: Summer's Magnificent Showcase
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Imagine a rainbow of colors as a backdrop for your sun-loving perennials and annuals. Tall stalks of Gladiolus in red, chartreuse, yellow, orange, lavender, purple, apricot, pink, and white. The only missing color is a true blue, but recently, bulb catalogs are boasting hybrid Gladiolus in near-blue.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

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Secure tree climbing
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Of course you all know about tree climbing unless you were raised in the Gobi desert or North Pole, everyone as a child has climbed trees either to grab some appetizing cherries or just for the hell of it. But what is secure tree climbing then?

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Liquid Teracotta
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Time for a look at an interesting range of products with great potential for gardeners

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

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Is There Anything Good About Rubber Mulch?
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

It’s smelly. It can contain wire. It doesn’t break down. All are partially true statements when talking about rubber mulch, but there are good uses for this relatively new product as well.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

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Family, Friendships and Flowers
By Melody Rose (melody)

As gardeners, we all have special memories associated with certain plants. The first daffodils peeking through the ground in early spring, the smell of honeysuckle at night, or the first ripe tomato eaten while standing in the vegetable garden. I have all of those memories, and there’s more. I see Kathleen’s rose, Rita’s daylilies, Grandmother’s sedum, or Ellen’s iris as the seasons change. I see my loving friends and relatives all over my garden

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Genetic Use Restriction Technology: Seeds of Destruction?
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Genetic Use Restriction Technology (GURT) is a controversial topic. On one hand, seed companies argue that GURT is necessary & offers advantages to growers. On the other, forms of GURT such as suicide seeds have been labelled a threat to diversity & the autonomy of agricultural producers around the world. Let's take a look at this issue & some of the controversy that surrounds it.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

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The Upright Cotoneasters...Versatile Shrubs
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

A little while ago I wrote about the great attributes of the groundcover type cotoneasters, but the upright shrub types are equally useful for their fall colour, flowers, fruit display and attraction to fruit-eating birds. Read on to see which types of taller cotoneater might be suitable for your region.

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Creeping Thymes Make Wonderful Borders for Garden Beds, Paths, and Patios
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Creeping thymes are a wonderful way to add different textures and fragrances to your landscape. They’re easy to propagate, so you can turn a couple of plants into a nice border for a sunny bed.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

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Gardening in Straw Bales: Overcome Poor Soil, Limited Space, Weeds, Mobility Problems, Aching Backs and more
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

As Gardeners we are often vexed by too small a growing space, less-than-desirable soil, too many weeds or a host of other problems. Many of us are also subject to the trials of the body, impeding our physical ability to garden. There are some options to help us with our gardening woes and here is an introduction to one, Straw Bale Gardening.

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Weather for Gardeners - Greenhouse gases and the Greenhouse Effect
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Here I'll explore the nature of greenhouse gases, the greenhouse effect, and some of the possibilities that can result from small changes. The Earth's weather systems have characteristics that can be modeled in chaos theory. I describe such systems as fractalic, or like a fractal. Changing a parameter in a fractalic equation results in unpredictable outcomes . . .

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The Lipizzaner Stallions: Living Equine History
By Melody Rose (melody)

For over four hundred years the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria has been the home of the Lipizzaner Stallions. These beautiful horses were first bred as battle horses for nobility and were prized by kings and emperors. This rare breed now exists as a reminder of centuries past and their agile moves that were once necessary when they were a horse of war, have now become an equine ballet set to music.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

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Missouri Botanical Garden: Garden Structure
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Plants are the main reason to visit, but today I'd like to share some of my favorite places at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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African Violets – You Can Grow Them!
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

You see that east facing window each and everyday and you just know there is a reason it lives there with that perfect sun, perfect shade, and just the right spot for a house plant – but what do you add there? African Violets are the simple and easy answer! With a few simple steps you can grow this wonderful and almost ever blooming plant.

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A Black Garden
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I am definitely not a morbid person, but over the years I have always added a black plant to every garden, just for accent. This year I decided to see if I could find enough black blooming plants to create a more formal garden that was all black, using silver as the accent. This is what I came up with.....

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How to set-up a self-sustaining aquarium
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

Have you ever wondered how people get the time for such lush and "gardenisque" aquariums? Ever thought you didn't have the time or expertise to create and keep one yourself? Well, I'm about to show you how anyone can have a lush aquarium that will basically take care of itself (in time).

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Monday, May 19, 2008

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Foreign Visitors Without Visas: Bugs, Borers, and Beetles
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

They arrive with no baggage, often stowed away on freighters, hidden in packing material or commercial cargo. These visitors never pass through Customs, and seldom register where they decide to establish a family. The first signs of their existence stirs curiosity, then study and, finally, a battle plan. Insect terrorists have again invaded our agricultural balance.

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The basic NPK of Organic Fertilizers
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

Home gardeners can easily turn to more organic means of sustaining their gardens with all the current interest in going “green”. Most garden centers, feed stores, nurseries and hardware stores are carrying more organic elements that make organic fertilizing easy. All it takes is a few ingredients to have a complete fertilizer that also contains oodles of “micro nutrients” not normally available in chemical fertilizers – plus the benefit of improved soil composition and microbial life.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

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Introduction to the Araucaceae- wonderful conifers from down under
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

The members of the Araucaceae are beautiful and majestic trees and many just happen to grow well where I live in California. The following is an introduction to some of the more common species and a little cultivational information.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

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A Romantic Garden
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

Watching the moonlight silvering the palm fronds….a gentle wafting breeze …. The fragrance of honeysuckle and plumeria……a mockingbird singing…..that is romance for me.

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A Further Look at Mycorrhizas
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

A return to the world of mycorrhizal relationships. Again we explore life beneath the soil, as we take a look at vital connections between plants & fungi.

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