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Friday, November 7, 2014

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Witch Hazel and Aunt Bett
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

When Aunt Bett helped me cut some branches of Witch Hazel to place in water on my bedside table, she didn't tell me the seed pods would explode and shower my bed with tiny black seeds. There is nothing like a loud POP! to bring you out of a dead sleep. Since my room was upstairs and the window was right beside my bed, I consider myself fortunate to have lived to tell the tale.

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How to Restore and Replace the Handles of Garden Tools
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

Keeping your garden tools in the best condition is an essential task for any gardener. After a successful gardening season, give your tools the spa treatment. Even if they seem like they need a major makeover instead of a basic maintenance routine, there are few ways to get your tools in tip-top condition again.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Get Moving!
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Fall is upon us, and while you might be tempted to handle the chillier weather by curling up indoors with a seed catalog and a cup of peppermint tea, you should instead pull on those garden clogs. It’s time to get moving, literally...and by that I mean moving plants.

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Minnie and the Rose Cuttings
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

It's always fun to plant rose cuttings under cut plastic bottles and even funnier to watch them grow into beautiful roses. Minnie has been of great help since she came to us and she has been trying to teach me new ways of planting rose cuttings, totally different from what I knew. Have I mentioned that Minnie is our dog?

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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Tips for Growing Your Own Harvest Decorations
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Piles of pumpkins, scads of squash, gatherings of gourds...it's fun to fill the front porch or dining table with fruits of the harvest. Growing them is a great beginner-gardener or child-friendly project. Here are tips for growing decorative fruits of the harvest.

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Putting Roses to Bed
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Every rosarian knows that protecting their plants is as important as putting their children to bed safely. Here are a few tips and tricks.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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Capturing Autumn's Splendor
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Fall provides a spectacular display in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere. The season is, without a doubt, a favorite of photographers - professional and amateur alike.

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Checklist of timely tips for November gardening
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

The cooler weather of autumn inspires many to harvest a few more glorious hours in the home garden. And why not, when there is so much gardening still to do? Check these tips to help you plan your precious gardening time in the last several weeks of the year.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

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Garden Visitor: The Red-Bellied Woodpecker
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Among the collective names for a group of woodpeckers is a “drumming”. This seems especially appropriate for the red-bellied woodpecker, a species with its own special form of percussion.

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Secrets to Growing Great Mums
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Chrysanthemums offer colorful flowers throughout the fall in a wide range of hues and flower types. Learn the secrets of growing great mums!

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

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A November Almanac
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

“No warmth, no cheerfulness, no helpful ease, no comfortable feel in any member -- no shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, no fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds -- November!” Poet Thomas Hood’s clever summary of the month notwithstanding, the eleventh month offers many delights, not least of which are the sights and scents of autumn turning to winter.

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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, November 1, 2014

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Harvesting Apples
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Fall is apple picking time! Whether you have your own fruit trees or visit a "Pick Your Own" orchard, the best apples are the ones you pick yourself, fresh from the tree. Here are some tips for successful apple picking.

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Native Ladybeetles: Welcome Garden Guests
By Melody Rose (melody)

A couple of weeks ago, I published an article about the Asian Ladybug. While it is a predator insect and serves a useful purpose, it can be quite invasive and downright disgusting. Its native cousins have better manners and find themselves much more welcome in our gardens.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

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Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Why do trees turn colors in the fall? Why do the colors look brighter some years than in others? Learn why some trees change colors and lose their leaves.

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The Corpse Plant
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Special for Halloween, a ghostly parasitic plant

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Snowdrops: Signs of the New Blooming Season
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

For many gardeners, the first blooming snowdrops mark the beginning of the new flowering season. If you don't grow these charming bulbs, then this article will hopefully entice you to try them.

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Savings Without Insanity: Organizing Successful Group Buys
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Buying in bulk saves bucks, and buying wholesale saves even more. How can small-scale gardeners enjoy large-scale savings? Organize a group buy!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Pine O' Mine
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

A tiny pine tree took root next to my mother-in-law's shed and established itself in a tight place where it would not thrive. When she pointed it out to me, the cute little stick with green needles was about 15 inches tall. That was in 1999.

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Everything's Coming up Mums
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Mum's the word - Chrysanthemums that is. Don't despair that summer is coming to an end. Get even by adding these fall flowering beauties to your landscape.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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The Story of the Jack O'Lantern
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

You see them each year, you carve them, and maybe you even grow pumpkins just for this special purpose but do you know the history of this common and culturally significant icon? Read on to find out the history behind the cherished fall icon.

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Daisies in Winter
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

The idea of daisies that grow on trees during winter sounds like something a wistful gardener would dream up after smoking the wrong plant! Those daisy trees do exist, however, though they flourish only in areas with what we northerners would consider wimpy winters--namely USDA zones 9 through 11.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

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Loran Whitelock, the Cycad King
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Most readers may have no idea who Loran Whitelock was, and unless they were involved in collecting, selling and/or growing rare tropical plants. That would not be anything to feel bad about. But Loran was truly a botanical legend (a living one until this year) and was much admired by thousands of "oddball plant" collectors throughout the world.

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Why Fall is the Best Time of Year
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

It is always such a relief when the fall weather begins and for many reasons it has become my favorite time of the year.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

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Bulb Lovers Unite: A Year of Bloom
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

A famous wise-person named Anonymous once said, "Anyone who has a bulb, has spring." No truer words ever spoken! The beauty of these plants is their ability to produce spectacular displays with not much work on our part. In many parts of the world, it is not too late to position these amazing plants in the garden. Forthwith--a year of bulbs, corms, and rhizomes.

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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, October 25, 2014

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Lost Heritage: The Southern Seed Legacy – heirloom crops of the South rediscovered!
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

Sometimes a grassroots movement is all it takes to create a lasting legacy.

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Cotton: A Globally Important Plant
By Melody Rose (melody)

One of the most important plants in human history isn't an edible, however it has influenced civilization for thousands of years. Cotton has played an important role in many cultures and is still an economic asset even today.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

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Eat your greens! Dandelions are a dandy way to get super nutrition in a variety of tasty ways..
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

These aren't your local yard variety of dandelion, although many a spring morning as a child in rural Indiana were spent gathering dandelion greens for supper. Of course, my parents with 9 kids had no thought of a weed free lawn so chemicals weren't even a thought.....it was just head on out and gather greens for supper!

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Growing Geraniums Indoors
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Don't let frost kill your favorite geraniums. Instead, use these simple tips to keep geraniums indoors during the winter, and get a head start on your spring garden.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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The Catalpa Tree
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

You either hate the catalpa or you love it, there is very little room for any other sentiment. No matter which side of the fence you lean toward, you might change your mind after reading this article.

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Ten Texas Native and Wild Plants
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Texas is an interesting state filled with beautiful plants. Ten of these plants are listed here but there are thousands more in the hills and valleys of Texas just waiting to be rediscovered.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Days and Nites up Trees
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Readers accustomed to my writings already know I spend a lot of time up in trees but this one article will take you up with me even to sleep all night at twelve to fifteen meters above ground level...

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The Best Trees and Shrubs to Plant for Fall Color
By Susan Beal (SBeal)

Adding fall color to your own property isn't hard to do, and if you choose the right trees and shrubs for your growing zone, you'll be able to enjoy an abundance of spectacular colors that will rival even the most renowned places in the country for fall foliage, and the best part is the minimal maintenance required to grow these things.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Cogongrass in the Southeastern United States: Looks can be deceiving
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

The grass is not always greener on the other side. Cogongrass is a good example of how non-native plants can take over the landscape, disrupt our fragile ecosystem and take years to eradicate. This is one more reason why we should plant native alternatives instead.

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Superstitions In the Garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I love my plants and I wouldn't want them to die suddenly, for some mysterious reason. Yet, this happens all the time, even to the best of gardeners. Some might say it was someone's evil eye, but I say it was just a black thumb gardener.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

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Growing Scotch Bonnet Peppers
By Diana Wind (wind)

You don’t have to live in Jamaica to grow Scotch Bonnet hot peppers. They grow easily in US backyard and community gardens too. Scotch Bonnets make a delicious and nutritious addition to spice up healthy meals.

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Using Squash and Gourds to Create Natural Decorations
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

If you want to add a little fall flair to your home decor, there is no need to spend a ton of money on pre made decorations. Autumn provides us with many natural options to add texture and interest to your home. Look to nature's bounty for your next decorating project.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

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Growing great hardshell gourds
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Bottle, kettle, apple, swan; the descriptive names of hardshell gourds tell you this is a fun crop. And, unlike colorful thin shelled gourds which brighten fall displays and soon wither away, hardshell gourds will dry to a permanent and very craftable wooden form. I'd like to give you the basics on growing the best hardshell gourds for crafting fun.

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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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