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Saturday, July 12, 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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Friday, July 11, 2008

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The Mini Medicine Woman: Lamb's ears
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

You would have thought people would understand that when a child is taught by a master, the child could become the master. Not so. There was only one Mountain Medicine Woman and that was Aunt Bett. No highly trained, intensely competent 8 year old was going to take her place.

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Trash to Treasure ~ Making a Planter from a Milk Crate
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

I've had so much fun creating this awesome milk crate planter today. It all started last week when Allison said that she'd been thinking about using a milk crate as one of those many holed planters... That set off a light bulb in my head! Hey now... I've got a couple of milk crates in my back yard. Read on and I'll show you how I made one of these great milk crate planters.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

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Flower to Rock: "Where Did You Come From?"
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

What is a soul to do when you move to a place that is lacking in natural resources for your creative endeavors? You go out and find what you need to accomplish your goals.

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Beyond Peppermint: An Introduction to the Flavors, Aromas, and Textures of “Fancy” Hybrid Mints
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Mint! Maybe you love its fresh flavor, maybe you hate the way it tries to take over every plant in its path. But did you know how busy the hybridizers have been with this common garden plant? They’ve produced some truly wonderful varieties that just might make it onto your next “must have” list.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

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

Flowers are something about plants that we all know and love, so why not know a little more about what a flower consists of? Here in this first of a group of articles, I will help you understand the various parts of the flowers you see and what the botanical terminology referring to them means. . .

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

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Aunt Bett and the Great Mullein Story
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

When we are very young and not yet wise in the ways of adults, we tend to see only what is in front of us. I knew at an early age the rights and wrongs, the goods and bads, and the coulds and could nots. Smoking was one of the wrongs, the bads, and the could nots. When I came upon Aunt Bett with smoke coming out of her mouth, I grabbed my asphidity bag and ran home.

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Fooled You Jalapeno Peppers--A Painless Flavor Sensation
By Nanci Ottoson (ottoson)

For years I watched enviously as everyone around me enjoyed jalapeno poppers, stuffed roasted jalapenos, and salsa made with jalapenos. I love the flavor but I’m just a wimp when it comes to spicy foods. If this issue plagues you as well, read on for the perfect solution!

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Monday, July 7, 2008

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Colorful cultivars of Cosmos
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Cosmos are one of the easiest and most drought tolerant annuals you can grow. Marked by their feathery foliage and a slew of bright colors, Cosmos are an excellent choice as a sun-loving colorful annual. Cosmos are easy to start from seed and readily reseed in many different conditions. Cosmos come in a range of colors from deep magenta to pure white to yellow-orange. Dive in!

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

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Introduction to Aloes
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Aloes are one of the best succulent plants for both landscape use and growing in pots. This article will serve as an introduction to a variety of Aloe types, as well as an introduction to aloe parts, so subsequent articles might be more easily understood.

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It all starts in a seed
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Flowers, fruits, trees, bushes, vines, this is usually what you see when walking out in the garden but where do they rise from? What is tiny, rounded, inconspicuous and often poorly considered but which is also absolutely necessary to plants and gardens? Seeds of course and there is no point in arguing on the hen and egg question, seeds are the basis of it all!

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

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Trash to Treasure ~ Breathing New Life Into Your Garden Critters
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

This fun project of breathing new life into my garden critters all started with a recent purchase, which after I got it home, looked rather "cheesy" afterall. It was a huge plastic frog in blaring green that I'd purchased at Goodwill for 49 cents. It has a mechanism in it that when you walk past it, lets out a cute "Ribbit". When I got it, I thought it would be cute for the grand babies to walk past. I couldn't wait to see their expressions as the frog "ribbited" when they walked past. The only problem was, when I placed it in my yard, it stood out like a sore thumb. I got out my cans of spray paint and covered that rascal up. He went from being "cheesy" to being beautiful! One thing led to another, and the next thing I knew, all of my "ratty" looking critters and statues were in line to be painted!

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Back From The Brink: Rejuvenating an Old Episcia
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

There is a lot to be said about sick & dying plants. Sometimes we have to be ruthless & waste no time removing stricken individuals; especially in cases of pest or disease. Occasionally though, dormant vegetation is mistakenly sent to compost oblivion. And in other instances, seemingly expired plants may still be at death's door; awaiting a miraculous resurrection by way of correct love & care. The Plant Hospital series will look at different situations that threaten the lives of our plants & how we can help them cheat death. Drawing from personal experience & the wealth of knowledge contributed by DG members, various writers will show how to nurse sick plants, recover from gardening disasters & salvage life from discards.

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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, July 4, 2008

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Twinkle Twinkle Buggy Star, How We Wonder... Lightning Bug Learning
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Chasing lightning bugs may be simple childhood fun, but it's also one way that kids learn to love being outside. They begin to appreciate the natural world and hopefully grow up to be gardeners. For the kid in all of us, or any actual kids you happen to have handy, let's get enlightened about fireflies.

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Blueberries: History, Culture and Uses
By Melody Rose (melody)

July is National Blueberry Month in the United States. We celebrate one of the few fruits native to North America just as the harvest season peaks. The term “American as Apple Pie” Should actually be “As American as Blueberry Pie.” Apples are native to Europe, but the blueberry belongs to the Americas. The blueberry was one of the most important foods to natives, settlers and wildlife, adding flavor and nutrition to the diet of man and beast.

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Create an Instant Garden Hedge Part 3; the Toppers and More Plant Suggestions
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

By now you may have begun your instant garden hedge. In this article I will explain how I made unique 'toppers' for my instant hedge. You can do the same or create decorative tops all your own. More important than the 'toppers' is the choice of flora you adorn the panels in. Depending on the purpose you have intended for your instant hedge your plants will vary. You may want to cover it with climbers, perhaps put an assortment of shrubs in front of your instant hedge.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

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My Favorite Climbing Rose, ‘Zephirine Drouhin’
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Sweetly scented, fluffy pink blooms, tough as nails, shade tolerant, and nearly thornless… does that sound like your average hybrid rose?

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Create an Instant Garden Hedge Part 2; Fence and Additional Plant Suggestions
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

If you want to create an instant garden hedge then this is the article for you. In part 1 I introduced you to my 'instant hedge' which also doubles as a garden wall. I spoke of how you can achieve a 6' tall hedge almost instantly. If you are in need of an instant windbreak as we were, but haven't the funds to purchase trees or shrubbery large enough to create it perhaps this may be a practical alternative. Part 2 includes fence building instructions. Part 3 will explain how I fashioned unique 'toppers' for the hedge.

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Downloading Photos from the Camera - Uploading Your Photos to Dave's Garden
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

A picture is worth 1000 words. How many times have we heard that? Several times a week I'll be reading a thread here on Dave's and "hear" someone say, "I wish I knew how to get the pictures from my camera to my computer." Or, "As soon as my DH gets home, I'll have him put my photos on my computer." And then the moment is forgotten. Weeks go by, and frustration grows. Recently I gave someone step by step, illustrated instructions about downloading their photos from their camera to their computer. I am hoping that maybe others might benefit from this tutorial so they can share their photos with the rest of us. Everyone wants to see photos! I even have instructions on how to get the photos from your computer to your post. The instructions are really easy if you just follow along.

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Soap Making From the Garden: Using Herbs and Plant Materials For Texture and Visual Appeal
By Nanci Ottoson (ottoson)

Gardening and soap making are both exciting and rewarding hobbies. How do you enhance both and make them even better? Bring them together! In a series of Soap Making From the Garden articles, we will discuss using herbs and plant materials for texture and visual appeal, color, and fragrance in handcrafted soap. Let’s get started!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

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If Plants Could Talk: Reading the needs of your babies
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Some plants "speak" louder than others, but the language is the same. Once you become familiar with plant morphology as it relates to fitness for particular environmental conditions, you are well on the way to providing what your plants need.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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A Basic Introduction To Cacti and Succulents
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

With an amazing array of shapes and sizes, textures and blooms – Cacti and succulents really are the biggest and most widespread of possibilities in houseplants and outdoor wonders. So let’s dive into a short look at the various types of Cacti and Succulents that we can find in most garden centers.

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The Hawthorn: Mythological, Magical, or Medical
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

It is unusual to find such a small tree surrounded by myth, legend and lore, but the Hawthorn has been around long enough to have earned many descriptions. It is edible, it is medicinal, and it is mentioned in literature that was written hundreds of years ago.

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Monday, June 30, 2008

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Bob, Master Gardener Trials and Errors
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Bob cartoons, continued...

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Beauty in the Air: Hanging Basket Gardens
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Dazzling flowers, graceful foliage, and dramatic form turn hanging pots into showpieces. If you want something more than the usual selection available in the garden centers, think about designing your own unique hanging gardens.

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The Big Ears - Spotlight on Colocasia and Xanthosoma
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

While the genus Alocasia holds some of the largest Big Ear type aroids, several other genera are also known by many as "elephant ears". Here I'll showcase Colocasia and Xanthosoma and help dispel some of the confusion generated by naming plants from three completely different genera as "elephant ears". . .

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

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Your room with a view - in your back yard!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

If you've read about having a "garden room" but worry about the expense of designers, landscapers or gardeners, have no fear. WE CAN DO IT!

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Saturday, June 28, 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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Interview: "What I've Learned in a Year" with new gardener J. Hagans
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Let's take a walk through Jessica Hagans' garden on here family's mini farm. While we are there, she'll tell us what she has learned in her first year of vegetable gardening. Grab your rain hat, it's misting out there!

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Friday, June 27, 2008

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The landscaped aviary, a paradise for your birds
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

I am a firm believer in the fact that the good Lord has made every creature on this earth for a purpose. He has also demanded of us to care for each one and protect them as we can. I do not think that it is wrong to keep a wild animal as a pet as long as you have the proper licenses and offer them the best possible environment to live in. Abide by the laws of the land and what-not.

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The Devil in My Woods: Prickly Pear Cactus
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Whether you call it Devil's Tongue, Indian Fig or simply Prickly Pear, it is one plant that doesn't get enough recognition for what it brings to the creatures in the wild. It's not altogether evil...

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Make a Dooryard Garden
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

Is your entryway humdrum, woebegone or simply bland? Is your front door the focal point of your home or does it blend into the facade of your home like a wallflower? There are many ways to add curb appeal to a home, but for those of us who love the flower garden there is nothing better than adding a new flower garden for that special blossoming touch. Read on and discover a recipe to spice up that bland entryway by creating a pleasant dooryard garden.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

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Creating a "Trash to Treasure" Many Holed Coleus Cutting Planter
By Janet Colvin (UniQueTreasures)

Yeah, I'm cheap. What can I say? When I read about this cool idea of side planting in special pots, I just knew I was going to have to have me one of these incredible planters. I received some wonderful coleus cuttings in the mail from a special Dave's Garden friend and I needed to plant them soon. Let me show you how I created my very own side planter from things I had around the house.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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Raising a Gardener
By Michele Meyer (Badseed)

Had I known when I was younger, that gardening is so rewarding and gratifying, I may have saved myself taking the long walk to go such a short distance. Life is like gardening in that we all complete a circle of life. We do what we can while we are here and when we are gone, hopefully we left something worthwhile behind. Sometimes we know exactly the direction we should go and sometimes the path is not so clear. In the end, I believe we end up exactly where we should be.

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Sun and shade, wet and dry: The difference between yours and mine
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

"This will grow in full sun", is a phrase most gardeners have heard. What you may not have heard is that your "full sun" may not be the same as my "full sun". In fact, the difference may be so great as to cause you to lose your plant altogether, or have more success with it than I have! The same applies to how moist or dry a plant likes to be. Read on to find out why. . .

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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Creating your own bonsai pots
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

Now here's your chance to make those beautiful pots specialty stores charge out the you know what for. Beautiful yet oh so simple to make yourself. Nearly FREE too!

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Monday, June 23, 2008

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Introduction to the Medusoid Euphorbias
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Ever since I have been interested in plants the weird things called Medusoid Euphorbias have fascinated me. The following brief article is an introduction to this wonderfully ornamental category of caudiciform succulents.

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You Can Make A Difference In Someone's Life
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

The best part of living is being able to help one another and show kindness and compassion at every opportunity. One of the best parts of gardening is sharing knowledge, ideas and your bounty with others. Here’s a story of how kindness and sharing helped another.

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The Big Ears - Spotlight on the Alocasia macrorrhizos group
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

This is, perhaps, the most diverse group of "Big Ears". Most EE fanciers are familiar with at least one of these, and may have one or more in their collections or gardens. Alocasia 'Borneo Giant', a notable member of the group, is among the largest of the large Alocasia species. Read on for a real "Earful". . .

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