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Saturday, October 4, 2014

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Euonymus leaf notcher: A new pest
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

You could say we asked for it with the widespread use of a few Asian Euonymus species in our landscaping. It's inevitable that Asian insects would follow. The Euonymus leaf notcher (Pryeria sinica) is a recently identified Asian moth that's finding a comfortable new home in Maryland and Virginia gardens. Learn to recognize this pest and be ready to greet it with safe, effective control methods.

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Our Annual Photo Contest is Open for Entries
By Melody Rose (melody)

October is here and it's time for our Annual Photo Contest. This is one of the most anticipated events of the year and our members have been saving images for months in anticipation.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

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Banana Recipes: Two Family Favorites
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Autumn is here, and that means baking! Here are two tasty recipes that have become family favorites over the years. Next time your're at the market, grab a few extra bananas and allow them to get very ripe and spotted. And then try these sweet recipes which make very good use of those overripe bananas.

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Finding the Perfect Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

If you're looking for a pumpkin patch or corn maze in your area, there are several ways to locate them. The area newspaper may run a feature on a local farm where pumpkins, fall fruits and vegetables or a corn maze might be found.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

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Around The Color Wheel With Purple Heart
By Sarah Barksdale (barksy)

One of the Top Ten Plants at Daves Garden is Purple Heart (Purple Queen, Tradescantia pallida aka Setcreasea pallida or purpurea). A lanky ground cover with succulent leaves, it is very commonly grown in warmer climates (zones 8a-11), either purposely planted or springing up on its own. This plant is mostly grown for uniquely colored foliage that ranges from purple to reddish purple to green/purple depending on the conditions. To my eye, most Purple Heart is reddish or warm purple but you may see it differently as color perception varies somewhat. The foliage is made more complex by a grayish/blue dusky sheen. Despite its unusual color, Purple Heart is easy to mix into the landscape creating both vivid and subtle combinations of colors.

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Transitioning Through the Seasons
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

August and about the first half of September in the Deep South is as hot as blazes. Humidity is in the high double digits, and being outside for any length of time is an exercise in endurance.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Garden Visitor: The Tufted Titmouse
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Among the most acrobatic of foragers among the treetops, the tufted titmouse can often be seen clinging upside down on a tree in search of insects hidden behind bark or leaves.

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A Fall Color Display
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Autumn is a transition period from the actively live garden to winter dormancy. The change of the season also brings changes to your plants, some of which are good changes. For instance, the deep colors of maple trees as they enter their winter sleep, sloughing off leaves that turn almost any hue on the color wheel.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Leaf peepers - what are they and what do they do?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

"Leaf Peeping!" my husband told me, "It's the major source of New England's travel industry economy from early October through mid-November. They come from all over the world!"

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Weed Wars: Killing Poison Ivy, without getting killed by poison ivy allergy
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Poison Ivy! Those who are allergic to it shudder at the thought of it invading their gardens. I’m employing chemical warfare while taking hazmat precautions against contact – and I’m winning!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

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Trying on the Hat Plants
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Named for its round calyxes, which resemble conical Asian hats, the Mandarin Hat Plant is also known as Chinese Hat, Parasol Flower, or Cup & Saucer. It blooms most heavily in fall and winter, a season when we all need more warm—or at least warmly hued—caps.

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The Different Varieties of Apples
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Gala. Pippin. McIntosh. Though these sound like hobbits from a Tolkien novel, they are just a few of the numerous varieties of apples available in the fall. So if pumpkins represent October, apples are the fruit-of-the-month for September.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

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The Three 'C's' Among Fall-flowering Bulbs: Colchicum, Crocus and Cyclamen
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Does fall get you down? Looking for a way to extend the blooming season? Then try growing fall-blooming bulbs: they can provide color in the garden from September to November!

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Daves 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, September 27, 2014

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Colorful Kale: Using Ornamental Kale To Brighten The Fall Landscape
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Kale is a popular vegetable, but it is also a great decorative plant for autumn. It thrives in cooler weather and the foliage lasts for weeks.

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Fun Feature: Follow the Progress of the SimGar Container Gardening System #3
By Melody Rose (melody)

Every now and then I get a chance to test a product and share my findings with the community. This series of three articles will trial the SimGar system. It is a container planting system that uses traditional soil and simple hydroponics to create a gardening system that is self-contained and easy to use. This third and final installment will show how my cucumbers and squash did and how I'm using the system going into fall.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

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A small story of monarch motherhood
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

What difference can one person make to the numbers of monarch butterflies in the world? The monarch world may never realize what difference we made. But the gardener will know. This story begins with a small effort by one gentle gardener. I will call her Miss M...

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September Sunnies
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Late summer and early fall is the time of "sunnies," when members of the Sunflower family (Asteraceae) shine. Also known as Composites for their flower heads may be a collection of ray and disc flowers, there is a great deal of variety to this group.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Grasses of the Tallgrass Prairie
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

A photo tour of the grasses of a restored tallgrass prairie in Illinois.

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Are Monarchs Just a Memory?
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I think we all can agree that the number of monarch butterflies have been declining. Recently a request was made to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to place the monarch butterfly on the endangered species list. Is this a good move? I recently discussed this with butterfly expert and author Brenda Dziedzic; find out why she and other experts think this is not such a good idea.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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The two faces of Morning Glories
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Morning glories gaze down upon the faces of children and bring smiles of beauty. They also glare at us from their choking hold around the neck of our prized daylily and bring frowns of despair. And there is another even uglier hidden side to this pretty flower. Let me tell you about it.

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How to Choose Apple Trees for the Backyard Garden
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Wouldn't it be wonderful to grow apples right in your own backyard? Apples are one of the most popular fruits, and for good reason. They're tasty, good for fresh eating or baking, and the excess can be transformed into applesauce and other products to preserve and store for the coming winter.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Autumn Comes
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

A quiet morning in early September, crickets chirping, sparrows discussing the weather, the crows back in the woods having their morning kaffeeklatch. The traffic is light and, for the time being, the tractors are all silent while the neighboring farmers finish morning chores and go in to breakfast. There is a general slowing, like a breath drawn in deeply and expelled slowly with a bit of a sigh at the end. Fall is here, starting with just a hint of a chill in the breeze wandering under sunny skies, and a touch of rusty red in the green of the distant wood.

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This Summer's Garden
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Summer has slipped away, but sunny days are still here until cold weather sets in for good. That is why I always want to remember this summer's garden and the pleasant surprises that happened along the way. Here is an account of my garden.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

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Raisins and Raisin Pie
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

One of the world’s oldest sweet treats, the raisin is the dried fruit of the grape. A good source of fiber, iron and certain antioxidants and phytochemicals, raisins are easy to eat out of hand and add delicious texture and flavor to many recipes.

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What's on the Market for Winter Gardeners?
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The bounty of items available today for cool season gardening and for plant protection is simply staggering.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Anemone, the Windflower: Part 3 - The Fall-flowering Species and Hybrids
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

In part 3 of this 3 part series, I will discuss the fall-flowering anemone, commonly called the Japanese anemone. For extending the blooming season in your garden, this group of plants is indispensible as they will often bloom well into October or even November.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Daves 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, September 20, 2014

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Mum's the Word
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

The word chrysanthemum comes to us from the Greek chrysanthos meaning "golden flower": chryso "gold" and anthos "flower." The word was coined by Swedish botanist, Karl Linnaeus, who introduced this flower to the western world. Chrysanthemums are the second most popular flower in the floral industry, next to the rose. They are the quintessential autumn flower and are one of the longest lasting cut flowers.

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Announcing the 2014 Pixel County Fair Winners
By Melody Rose (melody)

Our 2014 Dave's Garden Pixel County Fair was a huge success and we're proud to announce the winners of this year's contest. As always, the entries were great and we hope you'll take the time to congratulate the winners and runners-up.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

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Fothergilla- Lesser-known native shrub with big fall color
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

With gorgeous fall color, Fothergilla (witch-alder) should be more well known to gardeners. This native shrub deserves the spotlight for its fall foliage show. Spring flowers, ease of care, and versatility round out a profile of an excellent candidate for many landscapes. (Did I mention the gorgeous fall color?)

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Hunkering down for winter; what you can do to prepare
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

It's late September or even October. We hear that global climate change is affecting everyone. Winter is long and cold and dreary. How can you make sure you'll be one of those who keeps your cool through the cold weather to come? Follow these nine simple steps.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Calculating the Harvest
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

This year I decided to weigh my vegetable harvest. This is one step in my goal to become more self-sufficient with our food source and improve my vegetable gardening skills and soil building abilities. The idea came from The Path to Freedom, a website that documents an adult family of four and their path to self-sufficiency in Pasadena, California. They weigh their harvest which will help them better estimate the next year's budget – they eat what they grow and sell the excess for income.

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Beginning to Bird
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

This article tells of an activity I took up at the end of last year that continues today, even though I am still a beginner at birding. Birding has become a popular verb in our collective vocabulary, a pastime usually associated with retired folks. However, birding can be fun for all ages due to our natural curiosity with these fascinating creatures.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Hackberry - A tasty treat to many
By Sarah Barksdale (barksy)

A couple of years ago, I was searching for a large shade tree that would appeal to wildlife. The information available suggested Celtis occidentalis (also known as a hackberry or sugarberry). This tree forms a small fruit that birds enjoy so much that supposedly none hit the ground. Other attractive features include small, elm-like leaves and an attractive grayish warty bark. The literature I had rated this tree as quite tough, tolerating even urban street tree environments. I purchased a small specimen and planted it in my back yard. So far no fruit have formed so my tree has not fed any birds. However, many other creatures have been enjoying my tree.

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The Importance of Deadheading
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Deadheading is the removal of dead flowers, fruits, and seed heads. The practice is often done to preserve a cleaner appearance in plants but the results are more impressive.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Let's Trade Some Plants
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

One of the best ways to acquire new plant material or to get rid of excess plants is to conduct a plant exchange or swap. It can be a very simple event or you can get as elaborate as you desire. Here's a photo story of one such event, held in south eastern Michigan on a sunny fall morning.

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Nasturtium - Beautiful and Edible
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

An old plant with an old name, reminding me of old times and especially of my grandmother. But something is new to me about nasturtium: I discovered that it is edible!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

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Adding Fall Color with Ornamental Kale
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

It ís interesting how certain vegetables go in and out of style. Although it is has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years, kale is currently in.

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Identifying and Treating Fire Blight in Pear Trees
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Fire blight is one of the deadliest diseases found in apple and pear trees. It strikes during many phases of the tree's growth and flowering. Outbreaks can occur anywhere but are especially prevalent in the northeastern United States, where periodic outbreaks affect both commercial and backyard orchards.

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