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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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The Flexible Flavor of Ginger
By Amber Royer (dandylyon85)

Ginger root (which is technically a rhizome) has a distinctive, spicy flavor that lends itself to adaptation. It easily takes on the character of the dishes in which it is included, be it a sweet preparation such as gingerbread, or a savory one, like Ginger beef. But some of the most interesting takes on ginger come from foods where the ginger is the main ingredient.

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Growing Lavender From Seed
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

With its exquisitely sweet scent and colorful blue and purple blossoms, lavender has been prized by gardeners since ancient times. While most home gardeners today grow it more for its beauty and fragrance than for its perfume oils, lavender remains a popular fragrance for home and garden use. With patience and the right garden conditions, you can add lavender to your borders and flower beds inexpensively by growing it from seed.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Low-cost compost for all
By Caleb Garvin (cgarvin)

No doubt everyone here on Dave’s Garden has heard of compost, most often it is the whispered secret between avid gardeners. You’ve probably had a few of these conversations, when you look in amazement at one of your neighbors gigantic prized tomatoes and ask “how’d you do that?”...they look all around suspiciously then lean in and whisper, “It’s my special compost.”

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Salvia leucophylla: Purple Sage
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Life is rough in the coastal sage scrub. The soil is hard and the sun is hot. There is no rain for months at a time. It sounds like a place where nothing could grow, but the sage scrub is full of plant life. One of its members is purple sage.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

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Sansevieria, the Beginner's Houseplant
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Want to add some green to a room, but afraid you have a brown thumb? If so, the sansevieria is for you. Few other houseplants are as adaptable or as willing to endure neglect.

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Understanding a Hardiness Zone Map
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

The term hardiness refers to a plant’s ability to withstand a yearly minimum temperature average. Average is the key, as plants may experience temperatures lower than the average.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

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That’s right, Woodchuck-Chuckers – it’s GROUNDHOG DAY!
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? This is what is on most of the country’s mind today for if legend has it, if this particular groundhog sees its shadow then there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, it will be an early spring!

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

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Creating Colorful Classrooms with Blooming Bulbs
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

As a teacher, I always like to have living things in my classroom (other than the children, of course!). Whenever possible, I keep fish, lizards, or even small rodents, and I always, always have plants in my classroom. Immediately after Christmas is a wonderful time to force bulbs with the kids. I have learned not to begin this project prior to Christmas, as the class misses out on the opportunity to witness the rapid growth, and sometimes even the fragrant blooms, while they are gone over Christmas break.

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What's that Bug? Eastern Black Swallowtail; Papilio polyxenes
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners often encounter unique and colorful insects in their gardens. The trick is to know which ones are friends and which ones are foes. This series of articles will help identify some of the most unusual ones and give you a peek into their lives.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

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Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

As you all know I always keep my promises, so today I will take you on a visit to Kings Park which I promised when I introduced the city of Perth. And thanks to Carrie you can now click on the images and get larger ones; enjoy!

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How to Make A Laminated Pressed Flower Bookmark
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Laminated pressed flower bookmarks make perfect gifts for gardeners, flower enthusiasts, and anyone who appreciates nature.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Making Snow Flowers with my Children
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

When snow days come around and the children are bored, make snow flowers with them. It's easy and the children adore making them. You are not limited to flowers alone; there is a plethora of designs you can create in the snow. Have fun on those snow days by making gardens in the snow, and make memories with your children while you do.

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What a Gardener (This Gardener) Does in the Off-Season
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

The Off-Season: a time when the garden lies fallow, giving the hard-working gardener a well-deserved break. Considering that we all live in various climates and growing season zones, the off-season is a little different for everyone; yet for all of us, it is rapidly coming to a close!. Before the off-season turns into the "On-Season", let me tell you what the off-season is like for me.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Collections for Standard Flower Shows
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

National Garden Club Standard Flower Shows offer opportunities to exhibit and compete in many different categories of horticulture and design. In the horticulture division of a flower show, one section might offer an opportunity to exhibit a collection of plants grown by an exhibitor.

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Backyard Bird Feeding
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Having the feeders in my yard is a way to enjoy my garden throughout the winter while I am waiting for the beginning of gardening season. I count myself as one of over 55 million Americans who birdwatch. Many of us spend time afield, visiting birding hotspots and traveling with a pair of binoculars on the passenger seat. A fair number of us also stock our yards with bird feeders and bird baths and attracting birds to our yard.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Salad Burnet
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

It was not customary to have salads in winter months because fresh vegetables were not available then. Salad dressings were only made in summer, too. The first time I ever had a salad during the cold of winter, I could not understand why neither it nor the dressing tasted like cucumber.

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Fuchsia-Flowering Gooseberry
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Something brightens a shady spot in a chaparral canyon. Red flowers dangle like many earrings from a glossy-leaved shrub. A hummingbird guards this stash of nectar. His prize plant is the fuchsia-flowering gooseberry.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

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Snow Geese in Delaware
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

I had but one wish this winter, as I do every winter, and that is to witness a field of snow geese up close. That's what snow geese do: They fly about in search of a safe place such as a quiet field to find grain and other vegetation left on the ground from autumn. When snow geese congregate upon a wide expanse of acreage, it's a sight to see.

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Winter Pruning Guide
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Winter is a good time to prune many of the shrubs and trees you have in and around our garden. Many of these plants are dormant, and if you wait for a relatively mild, sunny afternoon, winter can be perfect for this often strenuous but necessary work. But how do your know when and what to prune?

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

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The Amazing All-Purpose Pine Needle Tea
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

A sure cure for scurvy; a remedy for cold, flu, obesity, dementia, bladder, and kidney issues; antidepressant; anti-hypertensive; anti-tumor; render chemotherapy less toxic to patients, and many more potential health improvements and nutritional benefits, can all be found in the Christmas tree you dispose of yearly!

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

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Snowflakes for the Garden...the Blooming Kind!
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Not all garden 'snowflakes' orginate from the skies in winter! There are a group of garden bulbs called snowflakes. They belong to the genus Leucojum and Acis and may bloom in winter, spring or fall, depending on the species. Perhaps not as well known as other garden bulbs, they are still worthy of cultivation. Read on if you would like more information on the 'flowering' snowflakes.

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In Defense of Green
By Susan Warde (bottlegreen)

Why green is the dominant color in our gardens; why there are variations in green and how we describe them.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

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A Garden of Cupcakes
By Amber Royer (dandylyon85)

Want to take your garden work parties to the next level? Offer your group’s workers some delectable treats. Cupcakes are ideal because they don’t require a fork, and the papers protect the cake from dirty fingers. Plus – if you stay away from the foil kind – they are biodegradable. While you can use your group’s favorite flavors, I wanted to show how you can let the garden inspire you to turn cupcakes into edible works of art.

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National Seed Swap Day
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Hosting a seed swap is a great way for gardeners to interact and share not only seeds, but also their gardening experiences. Sometimes a casual conversation over one plant leads to an opening of discovery or realization.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Toxic Plants of the Winter Holidays, from a Veterinary Perspective
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

There are several plants that are associated with the holidays and some are toxic to pets. But how toxic are they, and should we all be concerned? As a veterinarian, this is a particularly important topic to me. Following is a brief overview of these plants and a practical look at their risks to our pets.

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Burnished and Burning Burbidgea
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

“Some gingers are fussy or fail to blossom until they reach a ripe old age, thus testing your patience,” Tovah Martin writes in The Unexpected Houseplant. I've experienced such recalcitrance on the part of the Zingiber family myself, probably because I too have to grow gingers as houseplants here in USDA zone 5. Therefore, I hope that she is going to mention an exception to the rule. I am not disappointed.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Garden Visitor: The Chipping Sparrow
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Chipping sparrows are among the most commonly seen and heard North American songbirds. They take their name from the sharp chip sound they make as they call to their flockmates. During the winter, as many as 25 to 50 chipping sparrows may forage together as a group.

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Houseplant Ideas to Brighten Up the Winter
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

About this time every year I get anxious for the winter to end. The holidays are long over, but spring seems so far away. Although the days are slowly lengthening, my garden is dormant, and everything can seem a bit dreary.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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A Bonus of Blossoms from your February Fruit Tree Pruning
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Most people know that you should prune fruit trees when they are dormant, from the time when their leaves fall to late winter. But if you wait to prune until January or February, you will harvest a bonus in the form of branches that you can force into early bloom for a beautiful display indoors.

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Winter Bloomer: Chaparral Currant
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Chaparral currant is one of the first things to bloom in the chaparral, often blooming in the winter. After months dryness and dormancy of most plants, it is refreshing to see the white to pink flowers along the trail or in the native plant garden.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

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A Blue and Green City: Perth, Western Australia
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

One often gets images of yellow and red sands or grey kangaroos and brown koalas when the name Australia is heard but the images I brought back are green and blue.

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4 Craft Ideas for Seed Catalogues and Packets
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Now is the time of year that we gardeners start longingly looking through our seed catalogs and begin forming our list of seeds for the upcoming season. The bright colors and textures displayed in the catalogs seem to jump up at us off of the pages; this is especially true for those of us who have to endure a bleak, rainy, or very cold and snowy winter.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Big uses for garden microclimates
By Summer Walla (summerkid)

For gardeners only, being a micromanager is a compliment.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Beguiling Bergenia
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Among the most popular late winter-spring blooming perennials are Bergenia. But while they have a modest floral display, their main claim-to-fame are their bold, evergreen leaves. Hardy, tough-as-nails and year-round interest are among the attributes of this modest genus.

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Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Cockscomb; Celosia argentea var. cristata
By Melody Rose (melody)

Now that the New Year is here, many new gardeners are planning their first adventure into our crazy, wonderful world. Without a little guidance from seasoned veterans, they often choose seeds and plants that are more challenging than their budding skills can handle. These plant profiles will feature time-tested seeds and plants that are easy to grow, but produce a great show.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

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Winter Birds and Wildlife: Footprints in the Snow
By Donna Trieger (DTrieger)

It was exciting to find animal footprints in the snow, and track the paths they made in their search for food and shelter. Possum, raccoon, varying sizes of birds, and, not so exciting, the loathsome nutria, fattened from their summer raids on our corn.

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The five most fragrant winter blooming shrubs
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Winter takes away summer's colorful flowers, but sweet floral scents can remain - if you choose the right shrubs. A surprising variety of woody plants bloom in otherwise frozen gardens. Where the cold winds blow, and your January strolls in the garden are short, include a sweet-scented winter bloomer. The smell of spring, in the dead of winter, is a real mood-lifter!

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