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Thursday, August 21, 2008

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Stop Pinching your Basil! Start Saving Seeds for Next Yearís Basil Plants
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

You've been harvesting a bounty of basil all summer, pinching and pinching to keep the plants from blooming so the leaves will stay sweet. By now, some of your basil plants may be out of control and blooming madly. Rather than trying to stop them, let them do their thing and harvest a bumper crop of seeds to share and trade. Itís time to let your basil bloom!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

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The Prairie in Summer
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

A photo tour of the Illinois tallgrass prairie in summer, from June through July. This article concentrates on the forbs, or non-grassy plants.

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Building a Substantial Grape Support System
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

My grape vines, already many years old when I moved here, grow up the sides of the barn and one outbuilding. Underneath the vines are hundreds of nails, spikes, wires and other fasteners added over time to support the heavily-laden vines when fruiting. Not the best way to support grapes!

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Botany for Gardeners - The Basics of Leaves III
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

We continue our exploration of the varied types of leaves by focusing on leaf margins, leaf tips and leaf arrangements. These characteristics vary as widely as the others I've covered in previous articles. Knowing more about them will aid you further in properly identifying and distinguishing different plants. . .

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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Pears Ė and How To Grow Them
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

What is the one garden tree that you donít plant for yourself but for your grandchildren? The simple household pear is notorious for being slow to start fruiting and the but of many a rural joke when someone plants a tree. This tree might not be the most popular but, all in all, this tree is great for the garden and among the longest lived trees in the fruit world.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

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Picasa - FREE Photo Editing and Management Software ~What is it and how do I get it?
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

Dave's Garden is a great place to share photos of your garden. Everywhere you look, people are posting photos of beautiful blooms and landscapes. Along with the incredible people that come here, beautiful photos are one of the things that keep us coming back to Dave's Garden. So many of the photos posted have that "WOW" factor that leaves you with a big smile on your face. While there are some fantastic photographers here on Dave's, there are also some not quite so fantastic photographers, like myself, that just have a good photo editor.

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Habitat restoration. Volume 1, Quail
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

What you can do to help save our native quail populations!

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

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Hardy Deciduous Shrubs for Colorful Foliage: Part 3 - Variegated Foliage
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

In part 3 of this 3-part series, I will discuss those hardy deciduous shrubs whose main attractive feature are their variegated leaves. This will include those shrubs with white, cream or yellow edged leaves as well as those with marbled foliage. Unlike yellow and purple foliage shrubs, these shrubs often work well in shady sites, helping to brighten up dark corners of the garden.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

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Introduction to Dyckias and Hechtias
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Dyckias and Hechtias are two terrestrial bromeliad species that are excellent potted as well as landscape plants, particularly for warm, arid climates. The following serves as an introduction to some of these plants and suggestions on how to grow them.

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

On Saturdays, the Writer's Group would like to say thanks by presenting a "You Supply The Caption" photo. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you the Readers will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just our way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Friday, August 15, 2008

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Dave's Garden Journal Part 3: More advanced options
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Hopefully youíve already set up a basic Daveís Garden Journal through the first two parts of this series. Now what on earth do the rest of all these crazy words mean? Cloning, milestones, statuses and hopefully any other questions you might have will be explained here. Now youíre really getting organized!

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House Wrens, House Wren Houses, and Not-For-House-Wrens Houses
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Birdhouses, bird feeders and songbirds- all these are favorite garden "decor." I was going to sing the praises of my faithful house wrens, but I've had to change my tune...

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How to Enter Orchids in the Plantfiles
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Orchids have a complicated naming process, especially for hybrids. With grex and clonal names replacing cultivar names, entering them into the Plantfiles has been a real chore not to mention confusing! However, the DG Admin people now have the situation under control with new fields in the Plantfiles for both the Grex and Clonal Names associated with orchids. Even the database search engine now has a specific field for orchid grex and/or clonal names. This article will explain how orchids are named and the correct procedure for entering orchids in the Plantfiles.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Dave's Garden Journal Part 2: Getting started
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

If youíve decided to take the plunge and start a Daveís Garden Journal, good choice! Once you get the journal going, you will feel more organized and I promise, if you keep up with it, youíll never be scrambling for a plantís name again. This part of the series will help you get a basic journal going. Itís not as hard as it looks.

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Take the Plunge, It's Iris Sale Time!
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Whether you're new to irises or have beds filled with hundreds of carefully labeled varieties, this is an exciting time of year! Mid to late summer is the time when growers and gardeners alike take a look at their beds and decide to divide overcrowded iris clumps for better growth and bloom. That's great news for gardeners looking for a good deal on beautiful irises!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

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Introduction to Puyas, terrestrial bromeliads with spectacular flowers
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Puya is a little known bromeliad from South and Central America that grow as an unassuming but thorny twisted leaf mass, but also some of the most spectacular plants in the plant kingdom. The following article is an introduction to some of the more impressive as well as common species of Puyas grown in cultivation.

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Dave's Garden Journal Part 1: What is it?
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

The Daveís Garden Journal feature is a vast organizing tool that you need to start using today if you donít already. It will clear your brain of all those loose cultivar names and hard-to-pronounce-much-less-remember genus and species names. Donít be scared, once you get the hang of it youíll be a pro. This 3 part series will guide you step by step through the powerful software to set up your own journal. In Part 1, you'll learn what the Dave's Garden Journal is, why you should use it, and how to plan for the most effective journal.

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Building a 100í long Hoop House for under $300
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Why build a hoop house? As gardeners, we are always looking for ways to get a jump-start on spring planting, hoping we wonít have a late freeze. Mother Nature sometimes has her own ideas, and we are not always lucky. Finally we think it is safe and we plant out our precious seedlings. Unfortunately we are just as apt to catch the dreaded, unexpected weather forecastÖ and in sheer panic mode, we haul out all the extra sheets, blankets and anything else we can use to cover our plants.

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Botany for Gardeners - The Basics of Leaves II
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Leaves might appear to be simple, but the closer you look, the more you realize that distinctions must be made in order to avoid confusing one plant with another. Many plants have parts so similar that, without specialized terms to distinguish them, a poisonous plant can be mistaken for a harmless or edible one. Taxonomists, or those who work on the classification and identification of plants, depend upon these distinctions to identify plants precisely. In this article, you will learn more of the terms to help you see how similar plants can really be quite different. . .

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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Peaches Ė How to Grow Them
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Peaches and their cousins, the nectarines, can be grown in all most all areas of the United States. They do best in warm pockets and, when trained into espaliers, can be fitted into just about any small space in the yard. Welcome to the wonderful world of peaches!

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Hardy Deciduous Shrubs for Colorful Foliage: Part 2 - Red and Purple Foliage
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

In part 2 of this 3 part series, I will discuss those hardy (zone 5 and colder) shrubs whose main claim-to-fame is their red to purplish foliage. These shrubs are wonderful additions to the landscape, complimenting blue, purple and red flowers or contrasting with yellows, oranges and white. They are available in a wide variety of sizes, so any garden can utilize examples from this group of shrubs.

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Shucky Beans, Granny Ninna and Aunt Bett
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

It was my job to thread the beans one at a time on the long white cotton twine. That needle was longer than my fingers, but I knew that the beans would dry and all winter long my family could have shucky beans and cornbread for dinner. As long as I did everything right, nobody would ever go hungry. The grown ups told me so.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

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Grannyís Hat, Flip Flops and Spade (A Memory)
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

On a warm sunny afternoon in many gardens around the world, you will find grannies of all shapes and sizes relaxing in the midst of flowers great and small.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

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Attack Of The Tomato Hornworms! Controling the Tomato Hornworm
By Melody Rose (melody)

Those of us who love growing tomatoes are passionate about proper soil, nutrients, and plant selection. We baby our tomato plants, and hover over every bloom. Paths are worn from endlessly pacing from one end of the tomato patch to the other. We know every leaf, and the location of every fruit. Suddenly, without warning, leaves, blooms, and yes, tomatoes start to disappear. Beware; it is The Attack Of The Tomato Hornworms!

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

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Plants for your pond surround: Sunny & dry
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

If you don't have a splashing fountain or waterfall in or around your water feature, you may have a drier environment around your pond than most. If this is the case, you have a virtual plethora of plants you can use in the surrounding area of your pond. You can play with textures and colors, but you want to make sure the roots won't be so vigorous they destroy your pond liner and that the leaves won't shed into the water too much.

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

On Saturdays, the Writer's Group would like to say thanks by presenting a "You Supply The Caption" photo. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you the Readers will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just our way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Friday, August 8, 2008

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Introduction to Bamboo
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Bamboo is one of the most ornamental as well as easy to grow garden and potted plants, but is often overlooked or avoided because of fears it will take over the yard (and the neighbor's yard). This article serves only as an introduction to this wonderful class of plants.

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The Monochromatic Garden-Reds
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

Inspiration is found all around us, simple variations of life not lived, never held nor witnessed again.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

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Andrew's Ivy: A Legacy for My Son
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

There is nothing more bonding than having your child take an interest in what you love most in the world. I am lucky. My son seems to love being outside even MORE than I do! There is a whole world of gardening I am going to love sharing with him and I shall cherish every moment.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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Growing the tasty, exquisitely fiery hot Wasabi!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

That tiny bit of green looks so innocent as it begins its dangerous trek across your taste budsÖ then all of a sudden it erupts, scorching your tongue, tearing your eyes, searing your nasal passages, clearing your sinuses and finally, blowing the top of your head up to the ceiling. Welcome to Wasabi!

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Asparagus.. A Spear Among Vegetables
By Jeannette Adams (adamsbydezign)

Around every dinner table children cringe at the sound of it. Family dogs are familiar with the green spears that children have poked at them under the dinner table. But what do we know about this little addition to our table?

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Botany for Gardeners - The Basics of Leaves I
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

While flowers and fruits are essential to the future survival of plant species, leaves are vital for the sustenance and growth of plants in the present. Even parasitic, leafless plants depend upon the leaves of their host for survival. Here I'll introduce you to the terminology used to describe these familiar plant parts . . .

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

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Hibiscus Ė Native, Hardy, and Tropical
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

When the sight and sounds of the tropics comes to mind, there is no other flower that comes to mind in more peoples head than the hibiscus. So, can you grow this wonder of the tropics in your own yard? Sure you can, and, well, no you canít. Read on to find out the how and whys!

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Watching Joe Pye Grow
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Joe Pye weed was one of those plants that I saw so often when I was growing up, it didn't have much meaning for me. It was taller than I was, and I knew butterflies liked it. I didn't pick it for its blooms because it was always covered with honeybees. I didn't even know its name. To tell you the truth, for many years I thought Joe Pye was the name of a child, not a plant.

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Monday, August 4, 2008

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The Miracle Fruit - Synsepalum dulcificum
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

While most of us eat fruit to enjoy the taste of it as well as the health benefits, the Miracle Fruit is one that you taste not for the sake of the fruit itself, but because of what happens afterwards. You see, while this fruit has little real taste, the effect it has on sour or acid fruits and foods you taste afterwards will leave you incredulous. . .

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

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Landscaping with Livistonas
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

One of the best landscape palms are the Livistonas. These are tall (mostly), solitary fan palms from Australia, Asia (and one from Africa). Most are cold hardy, though not all, and relatively fast growing (again, not all), which makes them useful and practical landscape palms in both the tropics and more marginal zones. The following article is an introduction to some of these palms and my experiences growing those that I can in southern California.

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Wind Chimes Make Harmony in Your Garden
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Wind chimes - constantly creating new music and new harmonies. If you've read about me below, you know I am a classically trained musician. Until I can afford weatherproof speakers or a resident string quartet, wind chimes are where my two passions coincide.

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

On Saturdays, the Writer's Group would like to say thanks by presenting a "You Supply The Caption" photo. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you the Readers will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just our way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Unbelievable! Cashews and Poison Ivy
By April (Aunt_A)

To the unsuspecting, a handful of a beautiful three leafed vine will give an unwelcome surprise; an exclusive ticket to enter Scratch City. But quite unbelievable is the fact that Poison Ivy and Cashews share an itchy chemical.

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Making an Olla, utilizing ancient technology in the garden!
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

Ollas, pronounced O-yah, are direct and efficient watering devices for the garden. The original ollas, thought to be brought from Spain to South America were unglazed clay earthenware urns which are still used today in the Southwest.

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