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Sunday, April 20, 2008

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A naturalistic stroll in Madagascar
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Living on Reunion island, I am only one hour away by plane of what we call here ‘the big island’ or the ‘the red island’; the Republic of Madagascar. It is quite big, with its 587000 square km compared to our 2511 square km…and has a lot to offer for nature’s lovers.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

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Welcoming the New Texas SuperStars™ for 2008
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Earning Texas SuperStar™ status certainly isn’t easy. A plant must not only survive, but thrive, in blistering heat, drought, clay soil and sometimes violent weather.

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Terrarium Maintenance
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Maintaining a terrarium is not a lot of work. A few small maintenance tasks will keep your terrarium healthy and happy. Here is what to do.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

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Kids in the Garden, The Junior Master Gardener Program
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

There’s no better way to get kids involved in gardening than to introduce them to the Jr. Master Gardener program

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Whose Name Is the Bluebell: Hyakinthos or Endymion?
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

What is a bluebell? This is not a simple question. Several entirely unrelated flowers are called by this name. But to make things even more complicated, the English Bluebell, otherwise known as the wild Hyacinth, has been tagged with different scientific names that come from different Greek myths. Let's see if we can untangle this mixed-up nomenclature.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

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Seed Starting 101: Planting Out – Tips for Transplanting Seedlings into Your Garden
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

For me, spring planting is one of the best times of year in the garden. I bury my hands in the rich, warm soil. I gently pop each plant from its pot and tuck it into the garden bed, firming the earth around it. I take my time, admiring each seedling and imagining the plant it will become. Here are a few tips to help your spring planting go smoothly…

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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Bug Poisons from a Veterinary Perspective
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Being a veterinarian and a pet owner I sometimes have a different perspective when it comes to battling garden insects as many of the toxins we use to casually use in our garden can be potentially quite hazardous to ours pets. I see a lot of poisoning cases in the veterinary emergeny room, most from toxins meant for rodents or bugs. This article is an attempt to familiarize the reader with some of the more common dangerous and less dangerous insecticides available for use to the general public.

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Salt for the Earth - The most fundamental recycling ever!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

As important as recycling is to the sustainability of life on this planet, one form of recycling may be the least recognized, and yet the most critically important, of all. Here I'll share about what could very well be the fundamental and primary recycling activity we can engage in for our gardens and farms. . .

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, and creator of Boston's Emerald Necklace.
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Famous for designing New York City's Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822 - 1902) was the first person ever to describe himself as a "landscape architect." In Boston, however, Olmsted will forever be remembered as the visionary designer of The Emerald Necklace, a system of parks and parkways that wind through and around the city of Boston. While Olmsted designed similar extensive park systems for other major cities, for us, it's The Emerald Necklace that makes Olmsted rank with Paul Revere and Henry Thoreau as a local hero.

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The Scented Home
By Karen Jones (karri_sue)

"Your house smells so good" is a comment I hear often. Bundles of lavender, bunches of lemon balm and stems of rosemary are some of the herbs I have drying in my home year 'round.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

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Pot Potential
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Tired of plain old plastic pots? Sure, they come in many colours, but they are still plastic. Let us take a look at some items that have "Pot Potential".

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The Jewel Alocasias: Spotlight on Alocasia reginae 'Miri' aka Alocasia 'Elaine'
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

This jewel is actually two jewels, at least in my view, because the two types are different enough to enjoy separately or together in your collection. Which one you find depends upon where your nursery is obtaining their young plants. . .

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

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Orange You Lovely? Orange You Beautiful? A look at orange roses
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

I never cared for orange flowers. They seemed kind of garish. The color was ok for pumpkins or (ahem) oranges, but NOT for roses. Then I saw some of the gorgeous photographs of orange roses posted on the Rose Forum here at Dave's Garden.

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Did you say passionflowers?
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Many people indeed know this plant at least by its name but have you ever wondered what it was named after? Well, do not think it has anything to do with love or any other carnal feeling, as it should indeed be written Passion flower for it relates to the very Passion of Christ. Here are a few things concerning those stunning plants.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

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Snail and slug control from a veterinary perspective
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article discusses some of the slug and snail control products and the dangers of some of these products to our own pets.

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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, April 11, 2008

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Guarding the Garden Toad from Harm
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

By consuming thousands of insects and other pests during the course of a season, the toad is one of the best helpers a gardener can have. Unfortunately, the gardener can be the toad's worst enemy.

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The Thrifty Gardener: Cheap tricks for seed starting
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Seed starting itself is a 'cheap trick' gardeners know and love. Why pay for full price for a plant when you can start it from seed? Trading, rather than buying seeds, makes seed collecting and starting even cheaper. Once you've got the seeds, try these money saving tricks to make your next garden your most thrifty yet.

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Trash To Treasure: How To Make A Planter from An Old Pair Of Bluejeans
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners are a creative and thrifty group. They take pride in using unique materials to enhance their gardens. Here’s a fun use for those old blue jeans that will make a wonderful gift for a gardener, or simply a conversation piece to hang from a tree in your own yard.

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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

The picture may look vaguely familiar. You may have seen something like it in a calendar, picture book, magazine, poster, or as a stock photo. The caption may say "Mojave Desert",or something else equally vague and fitting for this mysterious land covered with millions of orange poppies. However, this is not some isolated Shangri-La. It is the highly-popular and visitor-friendly Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

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Creating Height In The Garden
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

A few fairly simple, reasonably inexpensive ways to create height in a flat garden.

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Seed Starting 101: Hardening off Seedlings Before Planting Out in Your Garden
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

The weather is warming, your garden is tilled, and you can’t wait to plant out all the little seedlings on your light shelf. Stop! Put down your trowel. Your seedlings need a little time and help to get used to the Great Outdoors before you put them into the ground.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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Growing the "Man-Root" (Ginseng)
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

The shape of the highly sought-after ginseng root gave it its Chinese name that described the root as fork shaped like the legs of a man.

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How to Plan a Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

So you have the new house ready, or you are finally ready to tackle your old house. How do you go about setting up the new garden? How do you know what goes where for the best show, use, and enjoyment for years to come? Get ready and let’s walk through the steps to a well thought out garden.

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Toxins used in the Garden from a Veterinary Perspective- the Rodenticides
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

In our constant efforts to battle the forces of nature while attempting to create our own perfect versions of nature (our gardens), we are often 'forced' to use substances to thwart or even kill garden pests. This article discusses some of the toxins used to kill rodents, but what deadly consequences those may have on our own pets.

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Using safe gardening practices
By Catherine Smith (doccat5)

Having read a thread here on DG about a fellow gardener who lost her thumb due an infection caused by a cut on her thumb that did not heal properly. I wanted to do some research and this is what I found and want to share with all of you.

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Plants of Many Colors - When Green is Just Not Enough!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

We all know that the default color for plant leaves is green, whether it is a blue-green or a lime green, or any other shade of green. That's why we are so taken by leaves of other colors, such as fall foliage, or garden plants with white-splotched, yellow-splotched, orange, pink or red colors on the leaves. Here is the explanation for why we see colors such as these on some of our plants . . .

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

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Hyacinth Forcing- My First Attempt
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Years of flipping through various gardening books had given me a vague general idea of how to force bulbs. It sounded easy enough. Pot up some bulbs, chill them and take them out. But if it was so easy, why didn’t I know fellow gardeners who had even attempted it? Maybe experience would be the best teacher.

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Cruising the Canopy in Costa Rica
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself in the midst of a tropical rain forest? Smitten as I am with tropical flora, I certainly have. Yes, I’ve seen rain forests on TV, and I even have a mini one on the second floor of our home,* but I wanted to experience the real thing.

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Monday, April 7, 2008

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The Jewel Alocasias - Spotlight on Alocasia rugosa, a.k.a. Alocasia melo
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Of all the Jewel Alocasias, this one has the award for the thickest leaf, as well as the most heavily textured leaf. If you didn't know this was a real plant, you'd have good reason to believe this plant was made from plastic. It is real, though, and you, too, can try growing it. That is, if you know how to care for Jewels. . .

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

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Botanical Prints
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

Antique botanical prints challenge the distinction between art and science. We are all familiar with the work of Audubon in his great books on birds, and many engravings on botanical subjects reach the high quality of his prints, which are considered great works of art and sell for astronomical prices today.

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Purple Roses Majesty
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

There is something regal about a purple rose. Purple is the royal color, reserved for kings... and some of the most beautiful roses.

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Saturday, April 5, 2008

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Clean Clip Tips: Disinfect Your Tools to Prevent Disease
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

As your spring garden clean-up gets underway, don't sabotage your efforts by using dirty, infected tools.

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Introduction to the Chamaedorea Palms- excellent genus for both out and indoor use
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Chamaedorea palms are a large genus of Central and South American palms that include some of the most commonly grown and attractive species in the whole world. This article is an introduction to many of the more commonly grown species in cultivation along with a few comments on cultivation and availability, along with at least one photo of each.

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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, April 4, 2008

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Aunt Bett, Bee Balm and Battling Bees
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Every journey up the mountain with Aunt Bett was an adventure. Gathering bee balm was one of the most exciting since we had to battle the hungry bees to get our fair share, not to mention the fact that the uniform for bee battling was never to be forgotten. This is the third in a series of stories about my great Aunt Bett, the mountain medicine woman.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

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Snakes- Good for the Garden
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Most people seem to have an innate fear and loathing of snakes, which sometimes works out for the snakes (people leave them alone) and sometimes it doesn't (people kill them when they find them in their gardens). There is no way I can convince someone who is terrified of snakes not to be, but perhaps a discussion of their benefits and harmlessness to the garden will deter a few would-be killers of these wonderful and efficient garden predators.

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Companion Planting- The how and why planting flowers and vegetables together make for a better garden
By Catherine Smith (doccat5)

Companion planting is not an old wives tale.. there are scientific foundations for using these methods to improve your garden.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

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The Story of Iris Part 12 – Why Grow Iris?
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

This series has come to a close. With all the information I have given you, I wanted to appeal to you one last time to add iris to your landscape. So here are the top five reasons to grow an iris.

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Rock Dust… DUH!!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

I have had bits and pieces of information about using rock dust in the garden scattered among my garden notes and in my books for years. Recently some neurotransmitters in my brain finally worked together and I had a really big DUH! about why I should use rock dust in my garden, and what it can do. It is all so very simple to me, finally.

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