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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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The Quilts I Didn't See at the Quilt Festival I Didn't Go To
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

"Each April, Paducah, Kentucky hosts the American Quilters Society show and contest. Quilters come from all over the United States, and many foreign countries come to participate. . . " Melody Rose

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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Pass the Honey, Honey!
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

It is the oldest sweet; it is one of the purest foods; it is mentioned in the Sumarian and Babylon cuneiform writings; the ancient Egyptians used it; Plato and Aristotle wrote of it; and it will not spoil. It is referred to as the golden nectar of the gods and it has been used to treat maladies for thousands of years.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

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This is for the Birds!
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

My birdseed bill last winter was right around $100. Add the cost of thistle for the summer Goldfinches, and I'm spending almost $150 a year to enjoy the wildlife in my gardens. I started looking around my yard to see what the critters eat when the feeder is empty, and I discovered a treasure trove of goodies. This spring, I'll spend some of that seed money to add even more to the winter smorgasbord! Something that will last longer than a day or two, and give me enjoyment all summer long.

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The Jewel Alocasias - Spotlight on Alocasia cuprea
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

While most of the Jewels featured here so far have been truly regal, this one is a little closer to the "common folk" in that although it looks metallic, the metal is not a noble metal or gem. Nonetheless, it is quite special, yet a bit easier to grow than most of the others I've discussed. Read on to learn more . . .

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

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Dairy Farmer's Journal: Spring Work
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

April is always a busy month on the farm. Some years, it’s complicated by a lot of April showers, both rain and snow, but this year it was for the most part, warm and dry.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

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Scare Tactics
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Fake owls, rubber snakes, water cannons...gardeners will try just about anything to keep animals away from their prized food crops.

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Planting Rootbound Shrubs
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Don't let this happen to your new azaleas or other shrubs! Make sure they aren't rootbound before you plant.

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A Budget Greenhouse Solution
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Unless you live in the tropics, you need a greenhouse. The problem of course, is the cost as permanent greenhouses sell for thousands of dollars. There is a way out though, that allows gardeners on even the tightest budget to enjoy a little piece of tropicana. All you need to do is spend a little, bend your back & apply some imagination.

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Friday, May 9, 2008

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Top 10 List of Weeds That You are Most Likely to Find in your Yard and Garden
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

We all have them, some more than others. Some we rarely see, some that we can expect every year. Some are very poisonous, some are helpful. No matter what type of gardener you are sooner of later they will show up and you will need to deal with them, WEEDS.

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More Plants for Less Money 1- Shopping for Clearance Plants
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

If I followed my every plant purchasing impulse, I would have to get a real job. Admittedly I am mesmerized by low-price tags. But I think I also feel a bit self-righteous in saving the dogeared victims of too many days on a table. Clearance shopping for perennials, bulbs, shrubs and tropicals is a great strategy for the gardener who wants to invest a little more time in shopping and caring for new plants, and a lot less money.

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

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Creating Your Zen Zone
By Tina Bolin (tmbolin)

My main reason for gardening is the tranquility and relaxation I gain in return and I've been doing this "therapy" for many years. Having my hands in the cool earth, sweating out the impurities that have invaded my body, hoeing my demons away and too many other labor intensive tasks to mention have helped my body and spirit in so many ways. So imagine my surprise at finding out how much enjoyment and calm I receive from playing with the little 10$ desk zen garden given to me as a gift. Nothing heavy to tote, no hot sun, zero garden bugs and the ease of going no further than my computer desk to seek an outlet for everyday stresses. And so began my journey into the world of the famous Japenese Zen Gardens. I hope to give you some insight of the philosophy behind these landscapes, show you amazing pictures of several large and small gardens and finally to walk you through making your very own . All you must do is choose which one that best suits your wants and needs.

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California Poppies Are Eager to Please
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

California poppies are easy to grow. They are drought-tolerant and can grow in poor soil. They self-sow and refuse to be pampered. This is no high-maintenance Hollywood beauty, but she does have quite a wardrobe for playing whatever garden role you like. You don't like the orange dress? How about white, or yellow, or rose? Do you prefer the satiny sheath of four petals or the frilly tutu of eight? She's here to please.

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Polymer Moisture Crystals: Magic for Your Garden and Your Containers
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Friends see the lush green plantings at our house and exclaim, “Oh, you have such a green thumb! What’s your secret?” I say, “I water them,” and they look at me in disbelief. But watering – not watering enough, or watering so much that plant roots get soggy – may be the biggest issue for those who think their thumbs are black. Fortunately, it’s often an easy problem to solve. Polymer moisture crystals are one of the best watering aids I’ve found.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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Gardeners Anonymous
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Welcome to the first article ever on this wonderful and ever growing group filled with people who, for the life of themselves, cannot stop the plant bug that already is growing in their soul. Come on in and introduce yourself and let me tell you how to know if you need the services of Gardeners Anonymous.

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Don't Pick the Trillium
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

There is nothing more beautiful on an early spring morning than to come upon the lovely trillium, stretching her arms and raising her lovely face to catch a glimpse of the morning sun. But with all that beauty, it is the one thing that spoiled Aunt Bett's wedding day.

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Ever Run Through a Field of Wild Daisies? Here’s the best hybrid, Shasta!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

The Shasta Daisy is one of the backbones of a perennial border, with long lasting 3 inch wide sparkling white blooms and yellow centers on sturdy stems that grow up to 40” tall, flowering in June through September. The flowers make wonderful cut flowers, and in the landscape they attract bees and butterflies.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

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"Invisible" Picking
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

If you have bulbs blooming in your yard or garden this spring, perhaps you have experienced the same dilemma I’ve faced in recent years: I’d love to pick some for a bouquet, but then I feel like I’m diminishing the beautiful show. I admit that this feeling may sound a bit fussy, but I’m a senior citizen now, and old garden duffers like me are allowed a bit of eccentricity now and then!

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My Wild Pavonia
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

This is the story of a wild flower I found last summer. At first I thought it was a weed, but with some care it turned out to be an attractive & hardy addition to my garden.

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Passionflowers hybridization
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Every tropical plants enthusiast nowadays knows about passionflowers, those wonderful climbers which are native (for 98%) to the New World and which have been grown by amateurs for decades both in Europe and the USA, mostly the hardy ones (P. caerulea and P. incarnata). The rest of the 650 species recorded today are to be found from Mexican deserts to the Andean high mountains and the Amazonian lowlands, plus the odd ones in Australia and South-Eastern Asia. So this is a pretty vast subject and we will restrict here to passionflowers hybridization, a peculiar aspect of this fascinating subject.

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Addicted to Blue Pots
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

We each have our own secret addictions. This is my confession: I am addicted to blue pots. Plastic, clay, terra cotta, stoneware, even the styrofoam ones look pretty good to me.

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Monday, May 5, 2008

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Palm Hardiness- the OTHER factors aside from Cold Hardiness
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

When palms are described in terms of their hardiness, almost always it is reference to their cold hardiness. This is how a palm gets a USDA number of let's say 8a, 9b or 11 etc. However there are severe limitations to this hardiness designation that pertain to the cultivation of palms (this is probably the case with many other plant species as well, but I am most familiar with palms). These other forms of hardiness can be completely overlooked if one is reading texts and referring simply to a palm's USDA hardiness rating. And serious miscalculations concerning the likelihood of a certain species ability to survive one's marginal climate can lead to disappointment and loss of potentially costly plants. The following article is a discussion of some of these other important hardiness parameters.

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The Jewel Alocasias - Spotlight on Alocasia villeneuvii
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

If you thought that the Little Queen or her royal relatives were finicky, you haven't experienced this plant. Alocasia villeneuvii has been in collections longer than many of the others, but rarely do you see an adult specimen. Read on to find out why. . .

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Growing Osteospermum, The African Daisy
By Melody Rose (melody)

Osteospermums are lovely daisy-like plants that originate in South Africa. They were virtually unknown as a landscape plant 25 years ago, but are becoming more popular as people discover these cheerful flowers. They brighten up borders and containers wherever they are grown

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

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What folly!!
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

Folly: Architecture. a whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, commemorate a person or event, etc.: found esp. in England in the 18th century.

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Boxwood ~ the Versatile Landscape Shrub
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

Boxwood has a use in almost any garden. It can be sheared into neat geometic shapes for a formal garden setting, or left to grow into it's natural shape for a more casual look. As far as height, you will find anything from 2' to 15'. There are cultivars with variegated foliage for a different look. It is as well suited for a hedge as it is for a specimen planting. Come with me as I take a closer look at this very popular shrub.

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Part III – Success Stories
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

You can’t keep your kids in a bubble. At some point, they have to go out into the world without you. And when they reach school age, they spend a good deal of time out of the house. Wouldn’t you feel a little better knowing that while at school, they’re not being exposed to pests…OR harmful pesticides?

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

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Let Your Garden Tell You When to Plant
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Your spring garden can speak to you. Are you listening?

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Part II: Climbing the Ladder
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

So I was sitting out on the patio one evening enjoying a lovely glass of Cabernet when my husband appeared in the back doorway. “What are you doing?” he asked, looking a tad perplexed. “I thought you were out here gardening.” “I am,” I replied. “I’m currently honing my Integrated Pest Management techniques.”

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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, May 2, 2008

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Common Houseplant Pests
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Those of us that keep plants in the house must be vigilant for the slightest sign of pests. Here are a few common house plant bugs and what to do about them.

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Part I - Introduction
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

As the “Go Green” trend continues to pick up speed, gardeners will be hearing more and more about something called Integrated Pest Management. In the first part of this series, we’ll define IPM and learn about the basics of using this pest control method in your garden. It’s easy, really!

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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Top Ten Places to Add a House Plant
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Looking around, a lot of us are lacking space for more plants inside the house and out! So what do you do when you have to start looking for new and unique places to place those new house plants? Here is a short top ten list!

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Top 10 List of Pests that you might find in your Yard or Garden.
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

How many times have you walked into your garden and found a freshly sprouted seedling laying on its side, that beautiful newly opened rose bloom you went out to cut totally wasted? You’ve had some unwanted visitors and they’re not doing you any favors. I’ll tell you about some common pests and how to control them to keep your lawn and garden in great shape.

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Wonderful Wild Grapes
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

They are everywhere, climbing trees and poles, overtaking fences, trying to climb the house. The wild grape can be annoying but it is useful in many ways. Let us take a closer look at them.

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More wisdom from Bob, Master Gardener
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

The following are some more fascinating situations and clever solutions that make up the life a true master gardener like Bob.

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Have you had your (nutritious) beans today? Try Lentils!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Lentils are one of the protein-rich legumes and said to be more easily digested than larger beans. They are one of the earliest domesticated crops but seldom grown by modern gardeners. Lentils have been found in 5,000 year old settlements in the Eastern Mediterranean and Mesopotamia, in Egyptian pyramids, Hungarian caves, Britain and Switzerland, in even earlier civilizations like the Peruvian Indians.

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Ralph Moore ~ Father of the Modern Miniature Rose
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

Ralph Moore celebrated his 101st birthday on January 14, 2008, the same day he retired from 70 years of hybridizing roses, most notably miniatures. What follows is a brief look at what inspires a man to dedicate his life to always question, always wonder what is next, what the new rose will be.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

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Container Gardening to The max
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

We've all used the normal containers for plants. Half barrels, window boxes, etc. Don't stop there, anything that can hold soil can be a planter.

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The Jewel Alocasias - Spotlight on Alocasia infernalis
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

This hot little number is sure to add some smoulder to your Jewel collection. Different in some ways from the other Jewel Alocasias I've discussed here, this one still requires some focused attention to keep it thriving. Read on . . .

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Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

When woodland flowers make their spring debut, they are a most welcome sight for nature lovers. In my neck of the woods, no flower is as showy as the Virginia Bluebell.

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