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Saturday, May 31, 2008

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High Chaparral: Salvia clevelandii
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Isn’t it wonderful when you discover a plant previously unknown to you that’s both beautiful and deemed perfect for your climate?

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Friday, May 30, 2008

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Cajun Hibiscus at Dupont Nursery
By Lisa Neal (justmeLisa)

When we operated our garden center in Louisiana, I had a much anticipated task of going to Dupont Nursery once a month to hand select the hibiscus we sold. Needless to say, it was a dirty job, but someone had to do it. (Notice the sarcasm in that last statement.) Every visit to their greenhouse felt like the first visit, it never got old. Walking through hundreds of blooming hibiscus and buzzing hummingbirds, it always took my breath away.

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Follow Your Dreams And Make A Grilled Cheese Sandwich
By Melody Rose (melody)

When people get together, it is natural for food to be involved. We enjoy offering something as simple as a glass of cold tea or as intricate as a five course dinner to our guests. But sometimes fancy ingredients just complicate the offering. A few well chosen items can make something as simple as a grilled cheese sandwich a feast. This week, I had in my opinion, the best grilled cheese ever

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

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Mr. Squirrel Meets Macho
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Mr. Squirrelah has just returned to his Momma and Poppa's tree, after his tree was downed by an ice storm. Let's see how he adjusts!

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Alternative pond plants
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

We've all heard of Water Lettuce for ponding...but what about growing regular Garden Lettuce as a pond plant or even a Hosta or two? Read on...!

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Trading Plants: How to Pack Plants for Shipping by Mail
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Although some swapping is done locally or at DG roundups, a lot of the plant trading at Dave’s Garden happens by mail. How can you pack plants so they survive several days of cross-country transportation? How can you package plants so they don’t end up being heavy and costly to ship? This step by step guide to packing bare root plants for shipping will show you.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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The Easy Way to Grow in Heavy Clay Soils
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

When I first became interested in gardening and joined Dave’s Garden, my yard was all "small green things” mixed with a little grass growing in heavy, wet clay soil. There were 2 maple trees too close together flanking the sidewalk and nothing else. I soon took down the trees but didn’t know what to do with the stumps. This ultimately brought about learning how to garden in heavy clay.

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The Lawn Invaders: Yarrow
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

My prairie guide book says yarrow is often found in prairies that have been disturbed. In other words, it isn't really a native prairie plant. In fact, I'm beginning to think that "weed" is a good word for it, the way it invades the lawn.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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Simple Ground Covers for the Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

These are the easiest to grow and the best ground covers for the normal garden. We all have those areas we need to have covered in something, right? The grass does not grow there or it is too hard to mow. We don’t want a garden there now or don’t have the time to grow one. These are the simple plants that can fill that space, look classy, and perfectly fit that space in the garden.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

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Gladiolus: Summer's Magnificent Showcase
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Imagine a rainbow of colors as a backdrop for your sun-loving perennials and annuals. Tall stalks of Gladiolus in red, chartreuse, yellow, orange, lavender, purple, apricot, pink, and white. The only missing color is a true blue, but recently, bulb catalogs are boasting hybrid Gladiolus in near-blue.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

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Secure tree climbing
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Of course you all know about tree climbing unless you were raised in the Gobi desert or North Pole, everyone as a child has climbed trees either to grab some appetizing cherries or just for the hell of it. But what is secure tree climbing then?

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Liquid Teracotta
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Time for a look at an interesting range of products with great potential for gardeners

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

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Is There Anything Good About Rubber Mulch?
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

It’s smelly. It can contain wire. It doesn’t break down. All are partially true statements when talking about rubber mulch, but there are good uses for this relatively new product as well.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

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Family, Friendships and Flowers
By Melody Rose (melody)

As gardeners, we all have special memories associated with certain plants. The first daffodils peeking through the ground in early spring, the smell of honeysuckle at night, or the first ripe tomato eaten while standing in the vegetable garden. I have all of those memories, and there’s more. I see Kathleen’s rose, Rita’s daylilies, Grandmother’s sedum, or Ellen’s iris as the seasons change. I see my loving friends and relatives all over my garden

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Genetic Use Restriction Technology: Seeds of Destruction?
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Genetic Use Restriction Technology (GURT) is a controversial topic. On one hand, seed companies argue that GURT is necessary & offers advantages to growers. On the other, forms of GURT such as suicide seeds have been labelled a threat to diversity & the autonomy of agricultural producers around the world. Let's take a look at this issue & some of the controversy that surrounds it.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

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The Upright Cotoneasters...Versatile Shrubs
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

A little while ago I wrote about the great attributes of the groundcover type cotoneasters, but the upright shrub types are equally useful for their fall colour, flowers, fruit display and attraction to fruit-eating birds. Read on to see which types of taller cotoneater might be suitable for your region.

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Creeping Thymes Make Wonderful Borders for Garden Beds, Paths, and Patios
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Creeping thymes are a wonderful way to add different textures and fragrances to your landscape. They’re easy to propagate, so you can turn a couple of plants into a nice border for a sunny bed.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

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Gardening in Straw Bales: Overcome Poor Soil, Limited Space, Weeds, Mobility Problems, Aching Backs and more
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

As Gardeners we are often vexed by too small a growing space, less-than-desirable soil, too many weeds or a host of other problems. Many of us are also subject to the trials of the body, impeding our physical ability to garden. There are some options to help us with our gardening woes and here is an introduction to one, Straw Bale Gardening.

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Weather for Gardeners - Greenhouse gases and the Greenhouse Effect
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Here I'll explore the nature of greenhouse gases, the greenhouse effect, and some of the possibilities that can result from small changes. The Earth's weather systems have characteristics that can be modeled in chaos theory. I describe such systems as fractalic, or like a fractal. Changing a parameter in a fractalic equation results in unpredictable outcomes . . .

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The Lipizzaner Stallions: Living Equine History
By Melody Rose (melody)

For over four hundred years the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria has been the home of the Lipizzaner Stallions. These beautiful horses were first bred as battle horses for nobility and were prized by kings and emperors. This rare breed now exists as a reminder of centuries past and their agile moves that were once necessary when they were a horse of war, have now become an equine ballet set to music.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

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Missouri Botanical Garden: Garden Structure
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Plants are the main reason to visit, but today I'd like to share some of my favorite places at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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African Violets – You Can Grow Them!
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

You see that east facing window each and everyday and you just know there is a reason it lives there with that perfect sun, perfect shade, and just the right spot for a house plant – but what do you add there? African Violets are the simple and easy answer! With a few simple steps you can grow this wonderful and almost ever blooming plant.

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A Black Garden
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I am definitely not a morbid person, but over the years I have always added a black plant to every garden, just for accent. This year I decided to see if I could find enough black blooming plants to create a more formal garden that was all black, using silver as the accent. This is what I came up with.....

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How to set-up a self-sustaining aquarium
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

Have you ever wondered how people get the time for such lush and "gardenisque" aquariums? Ever thought you didn't have the time or expertise to create and keep one yourself? Well, I'm about to show you how anyone can have a lush aquarium that will basically take care of itself (in time).

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Monday, May 19, 2008

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Foreign Visitors Without Visas: Bugs, Borers, and Beetles
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

They arrive with no baggage, often stowed away on freighters, hidden in packing material or commercial cargo. These visitors never pass through Customs, and seldom register where they decide to establish a family. The first signs of their existence stirs curiosity, then study and, finally, a battle plan. Insect terrorists have again invaded our agricultural balance.

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The basic NPK of Organic Fertilizers
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

Home gardeners can easily turn to more organic means of sustaining their gardens with all the current interest in going “green”. Most garden centers, feed stores, nurseries and hardware stores are carrying more organic elements that make organic fertilizing easy. All it takes is a few ingredients to have a complete fertilizer that also contains oodles of “micro nutrients” not normally available in chemical fertilizers – plus the benefit of improved soil composition and microbial life.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

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Introduction to the Araucaceae- wonderful conifers from down under
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

The members of the Araucaceae are beautiful and majestic trees and many just happen to grow well where I live in California. The following is an introduction to some of the more common species and a little cultivational information.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

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A Romantic Garden
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

Watching the moonlight silvering the palm fronds….a gentle wafting breeze …. The fragrance of honeysuckle and plumeria……a mockingbird singing…..that is romance for me.

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A Further Look at Mycorrhizas
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

A return to the world of mycorrhizal relationships. Again we explore life beneath the soil, as we take a look at vital connections between plants & fungi.

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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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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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Breaking Bread and Swapping Plants: The First Ever Dave’s Garden Roundup
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Dave’s Garden has grown, and grown, and grown… and every year newcomers to our site come across a reference to a “Roundup” and wonder what it is, if it isn’t the weed-killer. In a nutshell, a DG Roundup is a gathering of gardeners for the express purposes of swapping plants, meeting fellow gardeners and breaking bread together.

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Weather for Gardeners - When Water Falls: Air Pressure and Fronts
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

High relative humidity and warm temperatures mean the air is pregnant with moisture and ripe for delivery. A lowering in air pressure and air temperature, and "water breaks"; read on to see how . . .

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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)



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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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