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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

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Purslane, An Edible and Beneficial Garden Weed
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

I first discovered this weed growing rampantly in the cracks of my sidewalk years ago and made every effort to eradicate it. Later I learned it is called purslane, in the same family as moss rose. This year I have learned two more things about it. The first is that it is edible; the second is that it benefits my garden as a weed.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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Trash Trees: Why We Love Them
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

We have all seen that plant… that tree that everyone hates but in my mind I just have to have one… I have to plant it over there – maybe out of the way… but for some reason I just need that tree. I might hide it, might never ever talk about it, but why did I plant that tree there in the first place?

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Unusual and Bizarre Plants - The Whisk Ferns
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

This little plant is quite familiar to me as I have had them spring up as volunteers from time to time in pots containing other plants. I have a nice group of them growing among the tightly packed roots at the base of a large Royal Palm. This is no problem for these plants, as they have no roots. No leaves, either! Whoa. . .read on to learn more. . .

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

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Palm trees of the Mascareignes archipelago
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Palm trees have a quite special look and immediately make people think of the tropics even if some species grow in temperate areas. The Mascareignes archipelago has its share, including a few endemic species.

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Introduction to Cycas, one of the largest genera of Cycads
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Cycas include some of the most commonly grown potted as well as landscape cycads in cultivation... but there are many many more! This article serves as an introduction to some of these amazing plants grown all around the world.

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Friday, September 5, 2008

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Ode to the Garbanzo Bean
By Jeannette Adams (adamsbydezign)

What do we really know about the Garbanzo bean? The uses for this easy to grow little vegetable friend are almost limitless.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

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Graptopetalums, Pachyphytums and their hybrids: Echeveria look-alikes
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Often overlooked, these Mexican succulent rosette plants are among the best landscape and potted plants in the family Crassulaceae. And their hybrids with Echeveria are even better.

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Botany for Gardeners - Plant Functions I
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

The study of how plants function is known as Plant Physiology. In this and following articles I'll introduce you to the essential plant functions and how they relate to everyday gardening.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

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The Easily Grown, Pungent Condiment: Horseradish
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

The Horseradish Root has been well known as a condiment for fish and beef since the Middle Ages and more recently in a cocktail sauce or a Bloody Mary. The medicinal uses are less familiar although the Egyptians knew about horseradish as far back as 1500 B.C, and medicinal uses were recorded by the Greek scholar and herbalist Pliny the Elder, AD 23-AD 79.

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The Search for a Perfect Cactus - Transplanting My Daughter to College
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Transplanting a Zone 6 New England daughter into a zone 8 southwestern college. Will she survive the transplant shock? Will I? And what IS that cactus, anyway?

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

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Simple and Basic Houseplants
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

You have the space but is getting that first house plant a hard thing for you to do? Or do you have a few house plants and are looking for a few more to add to your collection? Here is a short list of a few very simple and very easy house plants for you to look at and consider adding to your indoor “garden”.

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A Story about Bouncing Bett
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Bouncing Bet must have been named after my great Aunt Bett. There was no doubt about it. One look at those tiny white flowers bouncing around in the sun all summer long and I could just see her five steps ahead of me bouncing up the mountainside. It never mattered how old she was, she always had white hair, and when she took that bonnet off, her white curls bounced in the sunshine.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

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Sunflower History- From Humble Wildflower to International Superpower
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

So simple: one big flower on a stem. So complex: each flower holds hundreds of seeds and each seed holds countless genes. Within the simple North American sunflower lay the genetic material that allowed humans to develop the species into a worldwide crop. Here's a brief history of Helianthus annuus, from its roots as a wildflower to its current status as an important agricultural species.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

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Damage Control: Can This Plant Be Saved?
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Gardeners, have you ever returned from vacation to find your plants in a state of disaster? After a recent two week trip to Belize, I found a lot of work waiting for me in the garden...but it wasn't as bad as I initially thought, thanks to careful examination and diagnosis.

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The Springtime Blues - Grape Hyacinths
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Grape hyacinths are a staple in the spring garden. Few other lesser spring bulbs have flowers in such an intense blue (possibly excepting Scilla). They combine beautifully with daffodils and tulips. Most are easy to grow, multiple quickly and have lovely fragrances. There are a surprising number of lesser known grape hyacinths to choose from, some quite bizarre. This article will introduce you to some of the divesrity that exists among grape hyacinths.

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Cucumbers: Sweet, Crunchy Slices of Summer
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

During cucumber season, my mandoline becomes my favorite kitchen gadget. With it, cucumbers practically slice themselves – thinly and evenly, piling up in delectable heaps to be used in every way imaginable. Whether you use a mandoline or a trusty knife, you’ll love freshly sliced cucumbers in everything from hors d’oeuvres to refrigerator pickles!

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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 29, 2008

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Quest for the Black Rose
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

The question is always out there. We who love roses hear it now and again. Is there a black rose? Where can I find one?

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

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Botany for Gardeners - Going Underground
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

A stroll through your garden will reveal flowers, fruits, stems, branches and leaves, but you'll have to do some digging to see the rest of your plant. Here I'll introduce you to the underground plant parts, including roots and a variety of underground storage organs that are used by plants and by us as food sources . . .

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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Plums – The Wonder Fruit, How to Grow It.
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

What is the superhero of the fruit tree world? Why the humble Plum, able to thrive in places other fruits have long forgotten, live in famine or in deluge, and be able to produce at a very young age. This is one fruit tree you need in your garden. They are stunning in full bloom or fruit.

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Aunt Bett, Church, and the Yarrow Experience
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

This is one of the funniest Aunt Bett stories I will ever tell you. If you have ever laughed out loud at a most inappropriate time, you will surely understand the quandary I found myself in. A church service is a serious event, but in this one instance.....well, I might as well just take you with me on this little trip back to my twelfth year.

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Antiques of the Flower Garden
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

Do you appreciate the rich patina of an antique? Is your house filled with relics form days gone by? Perhaps Granny's priceless heirlooms reside happily in your parlor. Antiques add character to the decor of a home. Did you know there are a variety of antique flowers? These antique flowers can be found in many gardens and in countless settings. Why not travel back in time by creating a garden abundant with antique flowers?

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Plant species and the gardener - Facing the dilemma
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Once I get a new plant, I like to know what kind it is. This means that I want to know the genus and species of the plant, and perhaps what variety it is. Most gardeners may not realize that this simple desire is not so easily met, even amongst scientists who specialize in the accurate identification and ancestral lineage of plants. Read on to see why this is so . . .

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Monday, August 25, 2008

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Introduction to Dasylirions (Sotols)
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Dasylirions are one of the most ornamental of the desert landscape plants commonly available in cultivation. This article serves as an introduction to these beautiful plants along with some cultivational information as well.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

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Languid lushness in lake land
By Summer Walla (summerkid)

Every year, on the last weekend of July, I have the pleasure of visiting Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for a memorial golf tournament with my boyfriend Jack. The weekend itself is a tribute to the spirit of Jack’s friend Vinny, who died much too young, and to the joie de vivre of his surviving sister, Ginny, who keeps a summer house on the lake.

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Divide Your Daylilies - (Then Share Them With Me)
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Daylilies abound in gardens across America. Is it because they are so easy to grow and inexpensive, hardy, or pretty and dependable? Maybe its because daylilies (Hemerocallis) lend themselves so well to sharing. Even the most inexperienced of gardeners can successfully divide daylilies at any time during the growing season. Here's a pictorial tutorial about dividing and sharing daylilies.

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Vineyards and old stones, the Minervois area.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

As I recently travelled to France to meet relatives and friends and spent some time in the Minervois I thought it would appeal to some readers to discover this rather poorly known area of France.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

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Mass Planting. The easy way to weed!
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

I hate weeding. You hate weeding. We all hate weeding!

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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 22, 2008

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Using Picasa to Improve my Gardening Photos
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

I want my gardening photos to have the "WOW" factor like so many I see on Dave's Garden. I'm not a great photographer, and even though I have a fairly good camera (Sony DSC-H1), my photos sometimes need a bit of tweaking. Some of my photos are too dark, or too big, or not centered right. Some aren't crisp enough for me. Picasa can fix all of these things. Let me show you what I've learned in the past few weeks.

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Is Your Furniture Being Reduced to a Pile of Dust by The Powder Post Beetle?
By April (Aunt_A)

What could be happening to your furniture? Are bugs munching in your table as you enjoy your dinner on your table? Are unexplained piles of dust invading your home? Am I making this up? Read on...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

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Variegated Succulents- the Agaves and their relatives
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

The following article includes an introduction to variegated succulents, and then an overview of some of the more commonly grown Agaves and related variegated succulents in cultivation. Future articles will cover some of the other variegated succulents (Aloes, Euphorbias, etc.)

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Stop Pinching your Basil! Start Saving Seeds for Next Year’s 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. It’s 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 – and How To Grow Them
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

What is the one garden tree that you don’t 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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