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Sunday, February 8, 2015

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Banishing Winter Gardening Blues at the Library
By Lori Geistlinger (McGlory)

February’s snow in the northern U.S. can be dreary for the gardener. The fall clean-up is but a distant memory, yet spring planting is far away. What is a gardener to do? This is merely a suggestion of what the gardener can do to keep dreary winter blues at bay. Do not overlook the library. This is the time to learn and dream, but use caution or you will spend next spring’s gardening budget on fines for overdue books.

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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 7, 2015

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The Miracle of a Seed
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

I wasn't raised to be a religious person, although I now go to church fairly regularly. I'm not sure if I believe in God or not; sometimes I do, fervently, sometimes I don't. But when I think about the wonder of a seed ... it's hard not to be awe-struck and amazed.

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Our 2015 Grow-Along Challenge: Squash Wars
By Melody Rose (melody)

It's that time again. Gardeners are planning their vegetable gardens and deciding on what varieties to plant. We thought that it would be an excellent time to have a fun challenge where everyone can participate. Welcome to our 2015 Squash Wars!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

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Unusual, Delicious ....and Just a Little Ugly.
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Every year, I make it a point to grow a new vegetable variety I’ve never tried before. And the weirder, the better. This year, I settled on the Spanish Black Radish.

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Growing Cyclamen
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

For cheerful indoor blooms this winter, try florist cyclamen, a beautiful blooming house plant.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

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The Pineapple Plant
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Kentucky is about as far inland as one can get, and there is not a thing tropical about us. About a year ago, I decided I wanted a pineapple plant. In a land where pineapples won't grow, I don't know where I thought I was going to get one. It wasn't like I could run to the nearest nursery and check their prices.

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A quick stroll around Hong-Kong
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

As one of my various activities recently took me to Hong-Kong (and later on to Taiwan), I will take advantage of my trip to offer you a brief view of this unique place.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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Bob, Master Gardener Wisdom
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Bob, the self anointed Master Gardener, imparts more nonsensical wisdom to unsuspecting readers

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Birdbath Care During the Winter
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Birds need water during the wintertime to remain hydrated and keep their tissues insulated for proper preening.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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Birth Flowers
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Similar to a birthstone and an astrological sign, we are all assigned a birth flower for the time of year we are born. Each birth flower has a historical or meaningful significance. Some people are surprised to hear that birth flowers exist. Here is a brief overview of the birth flowers and their meanings.

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A Botanical Valentine
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Among the goodies available for the February celebration of Valentine’s Day are the ever-popular candy or “conversation” hearts, stamped with messages such as “Be Mine” and “Kiss Me”. Similarly short and pithy plant names offer the perfect conversation starters for a garden dedicated to love.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

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Chickasaw Plum
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Southerners, like gardeners from other areas, appreciate early spring blossoms. A drive down almost any highway in spring reveals a spectacle as the redbuds and native plums burst into bloom.

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Rattlesnake Plantain
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

The next time you are out for a hike in the woods keep your eyes open for some native orchids.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

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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, January 31, 2015

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The History and Uses of Winter Squash
By Melody Rose (melody)



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A February Almanac
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)



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Friday, January 30, 2015

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Strawbale Gardening: Why and How
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Today I would like to share one of my favorite methods of growing plants: in partially decomposed bales of straw!

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Adding a Nest Box to Your Backyard
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Installing a nest box for birds in your backyard is a great way to provide alternative housing for these feathered friends.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Frogs in Flower Arranging - What's the Point?
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)



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Warm up with a Delicious Dumplings Soup
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Winter is almost finished, but warm days are still far off. There is nothing better than a hot soup to warm up after shoveling snow or coming home from work or school, shivering from the cold.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Venezuelan Beauties
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Being fond of exotic plants, I like to snoop through other nations’ flora to find flowers or trees which are new to me. Because Venezuela includes tropical, subtropical, mountain and high mountain zones, it is home to over 20,000 plant species. They range from tree-hugging orchids in the rainforest to alpine species shivering on chilly peaks.

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Best Growing Techniques for Gardens During the Winter
By April Dowling (ADowling)

What do you do when the winter weather is weird? Here are some things you can do even when the weather isn't conducive to gardening.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Daffodils
By Gloria Cole (gloria125)

It's almost time to order and plant bulbs to bloom in your garden next spring. Daffodils grow at historic sites throughout the south, long after the gardeners who planted them are gone. Here I will discuss daffodils and how and why to plant them.

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Geraniums In My Window
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

What would be a window without a geranium during the long winter? Perhaps just a cold window with icicles hanging above. But when the geranium leaves are showing through the window, the house looks warm and cozy. Those of you who are living in warm zones might not understand, but those in the north, where it's already freezing, will know what I am talking about.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

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Waiting for Spring
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Sometimes there is a lull in the fierce cold of winter, and at those times it seems as if nature needs very little prodding to burst into bloom. However, most of the time, one cold week stacks up upon another as we gardeners dream of springtime. We make the best of it in various ways as we wait for spring.

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Invite More Bird Species to Your Feeders
By Mark Wolfe (M_Wolfe)

Have you wondered why you only get a few house sparrows and starlings at your bird feeders? If you want to invite a greater diversity of bird species to your feeders, a few simple adjustments may be in order.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Snowdrop - The First Sign of Spring
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I've always wanted to have my own snowdrops in my garden. Just seeing this beautiful, tiny flower popping up from under the snow brings me hope that spring is coming--its purity and spring scent always brings joy to my heart. I was surprised when a friend didn't know what a snowdrop looked like! That's when I decided to write about this plant that brings joy to northern "peeps" each 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, January 24, 2015

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Introducing Bob, Master Gardener
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

In an effort to keep from getting too serious all the time, Bob, a Master Gardener (self proclaimed) shares his wisdom after many years making the same mistakes over and over again.

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The Honey Bee: Its History and Importance to Our Lives and Our Gardens
By Melody Rose (melody)

If you eat a piece of fruit today, thank a honey bee. Chances are, the bee was directly responsible for its pollination. Honey bees not only produce honey, but are an important agricultural asset as well.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

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The gardener's variation on counting sheep
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Everyone knows that counting sheep helps you fall asleep. Not being all that familiar with sheep, I counted plants instead.

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The Colorful History of Seed Catalogs
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Seed catalogs not only provide a bright spot in winter for the gardener, but they also offer a colorful glimpse into the past.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Aroids of the imagination V - Cryptic Flowers, Hidden Foliage
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Sometimes things are not as they seem, and especially so in the natural world. Camouflage and mimicry abound in the insect world. For example, flies that look like bees, butterflies appearing as wasps, and caterpillars that resemble animal guano rely on these visual illusions to evade predators. On Aroidia, however, the swapping of roles in structure and function is for filling niches with abundant diversity, and not a necessity for survival. . .

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Heirloom Tomatoes: Open Pollinated or Hybrid
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

One of the latest debates in vegetable gardening is the heirloom: open pollinated vs the hybrid tomato. I will explain the differences with the pros and cons of each.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Mexican Oregano - A Dependable Perennial
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

A member of the Lamiaceae or mint family, Mexican oregano has grown in my Zone 8b garden for about 20 years. During that time, it has proven itself to be a long-lived, high performing perennial.

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Crowsfoot Clubmoss
By Mark Wolfe (M_Wolfe)

Crowsfoot club moss isn't moss, in fact it looks more like a spreading cedar but it's not that either. So what is it?

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Winter Projects: Starting Coleus Indoors
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

January is a gloomy month for those of us who live where the cold winters keep us cooped up in the house. The skies are often gray and dreary, the clouds heavy laden with snow. Even though the winter landscape is sparkling white and beautiful, it is a colorless beauty. What we need in January is color. Coleus seedlings are abundant with color. Try this winter project to brighten your day and lift your spirits.

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This Season's Tree; Aleurites moluccana
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

The 'season's tree' articles usually emphasize the flowering or fruiting of a tree species, but today's plant catches our attention because of its leaves.

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