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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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What Can Bloom in this Heat?
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

A trip to San Antonio Texas taught me a lot of Southwest history, but it left me one burning question - how can anything actually thrive and bloom in this South Texas heat? Here's a "show and tell" about several heat loving, bright-blooming plants that I saw during my visit. Any one is worth trying in your hot zone 8-plus yard or your less-than- zone 8 pots or hanging baskets.

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Read more articles about:  tropicals annual flowers perennial flowers heat-tolerant plants Caesalpina Bougainvillea Helianthus
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Weeds: A Curse To All Gardeners
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

No weed is friend to the gardener, but some are worse than others. Three weeds in particular have begun to pose a real threat to plant life in the midwestern US and northern plains states.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

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Hardy and Tropical Pipevines
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

My recent article about wooly pipevine (Aristolochia tomentosa) made no mention of other pipevines. Many more suitable for gardens exist. Here are a few that may fit into your garden plan.

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Plants That Can Take the Heat and Still Look Great
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

Living in Florida was an entirely different gardening experience for me. I needed to find colorful plants for around our pool enclosure and in our courtyard. I also wanted to find low maintenance plants that would come back year after year and not be too expensive.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

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Get the most from your herbs I: Pinch, pinch, pinch!
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Maybe you blanched at the price of fresh herbs in the produce section this spring, or you were seduced by a bright pot of basil at your local nursery, and you thought, “Hey! This year, I will grow my own herbs!” Now you’ve got leggy basil plants blooming in a big pot, and you’re eyeing the dried herbs in your spice cabinet. It’s not too late! You can still get the most out of your herbs this summer!

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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, August 9, 2014

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A Visit to Greenland - Part 1: the Native Flora
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

A few years ago I was fortunate to visit the wild yet beautiful country of Greenland. I was both amazed and humbled by both the vast array of wildflowers as well as the flower gardens! In part 1 of this 2 part series I will introduce you to some of the native flora. Read on to get a taste of what I experienced.

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Making Apple Juice and Applesauce with a Mehu-Liisa
By Melody Rose (melody)

Finland is the birthplace of a wonderful tool. The Mehu-Liisa extracts juice from fruit using steam and is a great time-saver for any serious gardener who likes to work in the kitchen with their harvest.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

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August in My Garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)



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How to Freeze Tomatoes
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Theres nothing quite as sweet and juicy as a home-grown tomato. Gardeners who eagerly await the first garden tomatoes find that summer days fly by all too quickly, and soon autumns chill brings tomato season to an end.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

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The Story of Queen Anne's Lace
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Queen Anne's Lace, or Wild Carrot, or Bird's Nest, are all names for the same beautiful frilly white flower. If you live in the continental United States, this flower grows in your state! It was brought to North America by early European settlers as a medicinal herb. Is it a wildflower, a weed, a useful herb or a dangerous invader? There are certainly arguments to every side of the debate.

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In Defense Of Okra: Growing, Preparing, And Preserving A Misunderstood Vegetable
By Melody Rose (melody)

Okra is a very misunderstood vegetable. Either you love it, or hate it. There is no middle ground with okra. This is a historically significant vegetable packed with nutrition, and it deserves to be grown and treated with respect. Okra is easy to grow, has few pests, and every vegetable garden with a climate where it will grow should have some.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Devilishly Beguiling Spiky Solanums
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

When I grew Purple Devil (Solanum atropurpureum), also sometimes known as Malevolence, it reached a height of about 6 feet and stopped a couple of my plant-loving aunts in their tracks. “What is THAT?” they demanded to know.

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Nighttime Flowers
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

We are used to looking at flowers during daylight. Blooming black-eyed susans or hollyhocks with their parabolic dish-shaped flowers are hard to miss. Though many flowers attract diurnal pollinators such as bees, flies, butterflies and hummingbirds, there are those flowers whose allegiance is to the night and the pollinators that flit about in the darkness. These are the plants of the moonbeam garden whose flowers unfurl as darkness approaches and then close up shop with the morning’s light. These plants often attract moths, nighttime insects and even bats as pollinators.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

No, he never promised me. But now we can finally afford it and I can have any kind of rose garden I want for my birthday. Come along as I design, plan, build and plant my dream rose garden.

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Wooly Pipevine for Pipevine Swallowtails
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

For several years, wooly Dutchman’s pipe has grown in my garden. Before the pipevine, I rarely saw the beautiful pipevine swallowtail butterflies. Now that the pipevine is well established and growing vigorously, the pipevine swallowtails are frequent summertime visitors.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

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Ideas for Building a Homemade Fire Pit
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

There is something about sitting around a fire together that just brings out the best in people. We tell stories, we sing songs and we toast marshmallows. It’s no wonder that fire pits have become a popular backyard addition.

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The Hooded Oriole
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, the unsung hooded oriole returns to my neighborhood around March 19. Here it will find what it needs for nesting: palms, insects, and hummingbird feeders.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

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Too Many Tomatoes!
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

In just two months, another August will find me looking for new ways to use all those tomatoes from the garden. Each year I like to find a new way to take advantage of the harvest when there's too little to can, but simply too many sitting on the kitchen counter. Here are a few recipes I've discovered over the years.

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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, August 2, 2014

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The Plants and Trees of the Southern Prairie
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

There is a large movement in the southern half of the United States to move back towards native plants that at one time covered all this area. They bloom in the years we have a lot of rain and, due to deep tap roots, they bloom in the years we have little rain, too. With their deep tap roots many of these plants live year in and year out with little care after the first few years.

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Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Daylilies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many new gardeners are starting to plan 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, August 1, 2014

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Tan and Apricots
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

They say our body always senses what it needs, hence our cravings. My constant craving, for years, has been for apricots. It's not like the anxious pregnancy craving, but a patient and willing to wait until it is satisfied craving.

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Cup Plant: A Prairie Giant
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

With leaves that serve as a tiny well, the cup plant offers a summertime oasis to all sorts of birds and insects. This imposing native of the Midwestern tallgrass prairies makes a bold statement wherever it grows.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Edible Palms: Date Palms
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article explores edible palms and their fruits. Date palms were probably the first trees cultivated for their food. This article serves as an introduction to date palms and the varieties of dates available.

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Stop to Smell the Flowers
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Most enjoyable among my gardening experiences are those involving the sense of smell. At no time other than spring is the garden such a treasury of olfactory experiences. Spring gradually merges into summer, and one plant after another blooms and adds to the miscellany of pleasurable scents.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Not Quite Dead: Regrowing from the Root Up
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

We know about perennials going dormant in the winter. But did you know that plants can also “play dead” when stressed or neglected?

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Oregon blackberries: a blessing and a curse
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Oregonians have a love-hate relationship with blackberries.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Aunt Bett's Story about the Devil's Plant: Datura
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I asked Aunt Bett why we couldn't pick that beautiful white flower that bloomed in the evening and on into the night. She sat me down right then and there and told me the story of near death and destruction brought about by the misuse of the Devil's Plant. And she made me promise to never touch Devil's Plant no matter what, 'cause the devil got ahold of anybody who did.

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Perfectly picotee - choice picotee edged flowers for the summer garden
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

I'm a sucker for picotee flowers! They're the ones whose petals have a delicate border of contrasting color. This trait is easy to find in some plant families, hard to come by in many. If you, too, love the picotee flower, read these recommendations.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

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A Catalpa Tree in My Garden
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

There is a Catalpa Tree in the middle of my vegetable garden because I planted it in that spot from a little seed in 2011. While it is doubtful that many folks would choose to plant trees from seeds like I do, it is rewarding to nurture a tree along from seed to maturity.

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Natural Ways to Treat Chigger Bites
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Chiggers are tiny, yet powerful arachnids that thrive in wooded areas, berry patches, around lakes, and along hiking trails during the summertime. You probably won’t realize when they jump off tall weeds and onto your skin until you finally notice tiny, red bumps on your body.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

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Integrated Pest Management
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Integrated Pest Management what an intimidating term; that was my thought when I first heard it during my Master Gardener class some ten years ago. Since that time I’ve come to discover that IPM is a very basic approach to controlling pests and diseases in the yard and garden.

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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, July 26, 2014

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Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) - my garden inspiration
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

Trained artist, accomplished craftswoman, garden designer, turn-of-the-century garden author, avid gardener...this, and much more, was Gertrude Jekyll. Her garden writings are as valid today as they were 100 years ago.

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What's That Bug? Cotinis nitida, the Green June Beetle
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, July 25, 2014

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Prickly Panaceas: The Herbs Behind the Hype
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Many plants which become popular healers are thorny ones--perhaps on the theory that if what tastes bad has to be good for you, what feels bad has to be good for you too! All of the following prickly types have been highly touted for medicinal purposes in recent years. I don't know whether or not they really work, and would avoid self-medicating with them until we learn more about their long-term effects. But they are the sort of plants which snag your attention!

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Read more articles about:  thorny herbs Uncaria tomentosa Uncaria guianensis Lycium barbarum Lycium chinense Eleutherococcus senticosus Hoodia gordonii cat's claw Goji berry Siberian ginseng
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Backyard Mosquito Abatement and Repellents
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Nothing ruins a summer backyard barbeque or patio party like an invasion of hungry mosquitoes. They arent there for the brauts and watermelon, rather the female mosquitoes are drawn to carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. Seeking blood meals for egg development, female mosquitoes follow the wafting scent of exhaled CO2 to its source: the grill master or the partygoers.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Wildflowers in Late Summer
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

Not all wildflowers bloom in spring. A walk along our little creek in mid August will reveal a host of beautiful late summer blooms.

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Restore That Old Cast Iron Cookware, Using Ingredients You Probably Already Have!
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

With all the concern about chemicals leaching from non-stick cooking surfaces into our food, there has been a resurgence of interest in cooking in cast iron pans. Many people have remembered the old cast iron cookware stashed somewhere in their basement or attic, perhaps handed down from their parents or grandparents, and gazed in dismay at the results of neglect. Don't give up on that rusty, crusty pan! You can restore it, using ingredients that most gardeners and cooks keep on hand in the pantry!

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