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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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Herbs for the Bath
By Karen Jones (karri_sue)

Ahhh, summertime! Mosquito bites, sunburn, chiggers, oh my! Read on and you will find that you don't have to spend a fortune on remedies; most of them are in your garden or kitchen cupboard.

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

After fruits, we are often very interested in obtaining seeds. Sometimes they will come from our own plants, from fellow gardeners, or from mail-order or retail store sources. Here I will introduce you to the botanical terminology associated with seeds and the three main groups or types of seeds. . .

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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Flowering House Plants
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

There is nothing more satisfying than coming home from a hard days work to the sights and smells of flowers blooming right there in your home. Even with small apartments or rental properties you can always have a few well placed plants growing on window ledges and under grow lights blooming for you. And, if well planted, you can have in home blooms almost all year round. This is a simple introduction to the wonderful and wild world of flowering house plants.

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Chicory chick, cha la cha la.....
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Now I am a chicory lover from way back, thanks to my great Aunt Bett and on the other family branch, my great Uncle Dock. It was truly a treat to be with either one of them for tall tales over a cup of chicory. As long as my mother didn't know.

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The unexplained metaphysics of dirt
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article is musing about the impossibilities of physics of dirt- no serious information here!

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Monday, July 28, 2008

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Gardening Tips to Make Life Easier
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Nothing is better than finding an easier way to do something...especially if it saves time, energy, and money! Caring for almost 2 acres of yard and garden, I've utilized every quick tip I could find, and come up with a couple of my own.

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Unexpected surprises from your seedling tray
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

In years of germinating many seeds, I've had the opportunity to see the occasional surprise. I'm not talking about some other type of seed mixed in with what is supposed to be "pure seed", but rather a plant like the ones I expected, yet with important differences. You, too, may have seen unusual plants spring up in your seed trays. Read on to see how this can happen . . .

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Saturday, July 26, 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 25, 2008

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Murderess Comes Out of the Closet
By Sheri Williams (WigglyPaw)

I am requesting that this letter to the newspaper remain anonymous due to the fact that I am a now an unrepentant killer.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

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Introduction to spotted aloes
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article is partly to help the reader clear up some of the confusion that is common with identifying and growing spotted aloes.... but as most readers of these articles couldn't really care less about which spotted aloe is which, I have to admit writing this article is mostly a mentally cathartic process to help me clear my own mind up, as much as possible, concerning this quagmire of spotted aloe idenfication.

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Life is Just a Bowl of Cherry...Tomatoes!
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Do you like the little pint containers of grape or cherry tomatoes in the grocery store? They’re easy to grow, and they’re even tastier fresh off the vine. They come in a rainbow of colors, too!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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Understanding Soil Testing
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

We all know plants need nutrients to grow just as we humans need nutrients for our bodies to function. So we take our daily vitamins, and we throw some 10-10-10 fertilizer around our plants. Seems to work. But does it, really? What do our plants actually need, in simple terms so even a new gardener can understand it?

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More Plants for Less Money 2: Dividing Your Perennials
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Start with one plant, grow it for a year or two, divide it, and voila, you have three or more of the same plant. Here’s a novice gardener's basic step-by-step guide to dividing a perennial plant. ( I hope you got that plant cheap after reading my earlier article, More Plants for Less Money 1: Shopping for Clearance Plants!)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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Citrus – A Short Primer on How To Grow Them.
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

They are best known for their wonderful fruits but these stunning plants are great looking. With their green, shiny leaves, these plants are stunning in the garden or in pots. They are great in the landscape where climate will permit but are equally lovely in the house for a houseplant. This is a short primer on the ins and outs of citrus – the next great plant adventure.

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Solomon's Seal
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

When I was in sixth grade and studied world history, I came across a picture of the Lascaux Cave paintings. I was so excited to show it to Aunt Bett and explain to her that it was painted thousands of years ago. I had never been able to teach her anything that she didn't already know, but I was sure she had never seen the cave paintings. She looked very carefully and then she said, "Hmmmmm, wonder why they didn't paint any plants?"

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Darling Daylilies
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Every summer, I'm stunned at how "much more beautiful" my Daylilies are than last year. Maybe I simply don't remember from year to year, but a more likely reason is that these lovelies thrive when left undisturbed in the right location. Daylilies are my July garden darlings.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

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Iowa Roundup 2008--Portal to Plant Heaven
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

To borrow a quote from that famous scene in the movie, Field of Dreams (filmed in Iowa): "Is this heaven? No, it's..." the 2008 Iowa DG Roundup at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids!

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

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Hybridizing Daylilies- Child’s Play
By Michele Meyer (Badseed)

Your first daylily hybrids probably won’t be $300 daylilies that appeal to serious collectors and hybridizers. They will however be a thing of beauty in your eyes, lending a wonderful sense of accomplishment. If you have patience, you can fill your gardens with great daylilies at very little cost.

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Lavender Wands: Make Magical Scented Decorations for your Home
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Bring the sweet scent of lavender into your home by making decorative, magical lavender wands! Step by step photos make this simple project even easier.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

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Trachycarpus- the Windmill Palms
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Trachycarpus are relatively cold hardy and very ornamental fan palms commonly used in landscaping and gardens all over the world. New species are becoming available all the time and most are easy to grow. The following article is an introduction and discussion of most of these palms.

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Natural Security
By Jeannette Adams (adamsbydezign)

Are your neighbors getting a little to close to your fence?? Worried about some one just walking up to your child’s window?? Don’t make it easy for them. As a matter of fact, make it down right painful for them, yet aesthetically pleasing for you.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

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Flowers and the Emotional Health of Seniors
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Is it possible that something as simple as flowers can bring happiness to your favorite senior's life? Dropping by with a fistfull of daisies or a potted plant for their coffee table will bring more joy into their day than you can imagine.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

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Me and My Mantis: Adding a Mini-Tiller to Your Garden Shed
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Have you looked at those bright brochures and wondered if a mini-tiller might be right for you? Last spring, I took the “satisfaction guaranteed” plunge…

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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Back From the Brink- Who Cures A Heuchera?
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

The Plant Hospital series looks 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.* In this second "Back From the Brink" article I diagnose and treat a failing perennial, Coral Bells, genus Heuchera.

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How to Make Applesauce from Fresh Apples
By Melody Rose (melody)

Everyone loves apples. We celebrate them in pies, cakes, sauces, jellies and cobblers. Fresh apples have been a cherished gift for centuries, and many myths and legends featured golden apples as the prize. In modern times, who has not taken a perfect apple to the teacher? However, what happens when you have a harvest of less than perfect fruits? Lovely orbs marred by various bumps and bug holes. The answer is simple and tasty. Make applesauce!

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Botany for Gardeners - More Blooms: Simple to Complex
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

As gardeners, we all know that flowers are not all the same. In fact, the diversity in bloom structures is mind-boggling at best. Just about any possible permutation of the basic flower structure either exists, or has existed, in the plant kingdom. Here I'll provide a little more detail about different kinds of flowers and inflorescences . . .

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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Avocados - How to Grow Them
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Avocados are wonderful trees with stunning leaves. They are great trees to grow in tropical and sub tropical areas. Many of my best childhood memories involve gathering avocados right off the tree for a midday snack.

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Aunt Bett, Fennel, and the Lickrish Butterflies
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

There are some things that we know for truth when we are children. We learn that things have names and those names are words and with them you talk to anybody who will listen. You would think any family in its right mind would correct a word misconception lest it prove to be an embarrassment to a child. What I want to know is who let me spend fifteen years of my life talking about lickrish butterflies?

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Monday, July 14, 2008

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Relax...Beauty In The Garden
By April (Aunt_A)

Yes, there is a time to plant. Shhh...there is a time to be still. Enjoy your garden; be captivated by its beauty instead of by its work. Relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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Alocasia hypnosa - an enigma waiting to be solved
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

In my work, I'm always in search of plants with new, interesting and promising characteristics. One I found in 2008 is Alocasia hypnosa, a plant I had known of previously, but had thought difficult to grow and to find. Not only is this plant much easier to grow than I had thought, but it had several very intriguing characteristics. So intriguing, in fact, that I began to wonder where this plant really came from . . .

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

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Mars must have palms and Venus is a flower garden
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Why do men like some plants and women others? Why are some plant societies nearly all men, and others predominately women (same reason, I am guessing)?

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A Container Garden: Not Just Planting Pots, Adding Fertilizer and Watching them Grow
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

When I say a container garden, I don't mean a miniature garden in a dish, no, I mean a garden just for pots, or maybe a garden of containers, where the planters themselves are part of the show.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

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Anemone, the Windflower: Part 2 - the Fibrous-rooted Species
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

In part 2, I will discuss some of the fibrous-rooted anemone. Most of these are either alpine or woodland garden subjects. White is the most common colour. Several of these are native American plants, useful for today's trend towards gardening with natives. Several are dainty species with exquisite blooms, choice plants for the discerning gardener.

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The Yellow Rose of... Wheatfield
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

Yellow roses bring light to your garden. It's almost as if they have grabbed the sun and brought a piece of it to share with you. They can range from very pale cream to a deep amber and include a wide range of blends with other colors, mostly pinks and reds. Pictures can say it better than I. Come see.

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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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