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Thursday, October 3, 2013

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Florida's Scrub Communities
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The Florida scrub communities are very old ecosystems, some of which have been in existence for as long as a million years. Scrub communities are characterized by the presence of mostly shrubs, in contrast to forests dominated by trees, and savannas and prairies dominated by grasses.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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Paper Crafting with Garden Catalogs and Magazines
By Amber Royer (dandylyon85)

What gardener doesnít get excited when the first gardening catalog shows up in the mailbox in the spring? But most of us donít have the space to plant all the beautiful varieties pictured, and after we have made our choices, these colorful catalogs are discarded (or at best, recycled). The same goes for gardening magazines, once weíve read the articles and applied the advice we need. Why not turn these publications into eco-friendly paper art?

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Finding Fall Foliage
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Though April showers bring May flowers, it is autumn days that bring fall's blaze. The transition of summer to fall is punctuated by an exclamation mark of color. Green forests turn ablaze with color from golden yellow to burning red. This is due to a decrease in the intensity and duration of sunlight which causes a leafís green chlorophyll pigments to break down. When this happens, different pigments which produce yellows and oranges are unmasked within the leaf. Generally, warm sunny autumn days and dry, cool nights are needed to produce vibrant foliage colors.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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Aunt Bett's Unmentionables: Blue Cohosh
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

There is nothing worse than being a little kid and knowing the adults are talking about something and don't want you to hear. It's like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. I hated all the whispers that went on at Christmastime. And whoever heard of bunnies laying eggs, for goodness' sakes! It truly aggravated me when Aunt Bett started whispering and leaving me out.

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A to Z Gardening for Food and Nutrition: Do You Know Your B Vitamins?
By Diana Wind (wind)

Gardening yields wholesome foods and provides physical activity - both essential parts of a healthy lifestyle. We need vitamins for a variety of metabolic processes in the human body, such as growth, digestion and nerve function. There are 13 vitamins that our bodies absolutely need - some fat soluble, some water soluble. All of the B vitamins are among the necessary water soluble vitamins required in our diets in small amounts. Vitamin-B-rich foods often grown in home gardens include asparagus, spinach, mint, parsley, beans, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and peanuts.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

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Colourful Ireland, Part 2
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Recently, I took us to Ireland (where I was lucky enough to travel this summer and introduced you to the many colours of this country which is not restricted to the sole green of clove leaves. The attention was brought on colours in nature, from flowers to landscape and sheep so todayís article will take you into cities and towns where colours are vivid.

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The Difference Between Mums and Asters
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Fall is the time when garden lovers are desperately trying to preserve the summer and cling to its sunny, cheery blooms. Mums and Asters begin to appear in late summer for Autumn displays that can dispel the gloom of mourning summer's passing. Chrysanthemums are members of the family Asteraceae, or Aster.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

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The Amazing Details of Bird Migration
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Over 10,000 species of birds exist on our planet! Of those, the greatest concentration are in South America, with Europe and North America following in numbers. So where do all these birds go when they migrate? Do they all migrate? The scope of information is far too great for this article, but weíll talk about some of the more well-known of our feathered friends.

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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, September 28, 2013

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Crocus to Brighten the Spring Garden
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

We are all familiar with the standard Dutch hybrid crocus which grace our spring gardens, but there are many other crocus species and selections that we can choose from that will help extend the crocus season of late winter to early spring. These have smaller flowers than the Dutch crocus, but come in a rainbow of colours. Commonly, they are called snow crocus, as several bloom within days of the melting snow. Read on to learn about some of these less well-known crocus.

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What's that Bug? Chauliognathus pensylvanicus: the Soldier 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, September 27, 2013

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National Kale Day: First Wednesday in October
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

National Kale Day is proposed as an annual celebration of eating, growing, and sharing kale throughout America. And it's a great excuse to learn all about this versatile vegetable.

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Create Your Own Stepping Stones
By Sandy Baker (S_Baker)

A leisurely walk to the garden behind your home begins with stepping stones. It is possible to purchase a wide range of stones. Yet, large stepping stones can be expensive, uniform in shape and color, and downright boring to use. A better option might be to make your own. Though it may sound strange, with some basic concrete mix and a bit of ingenuity, you can make all of the stones you need right at home.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Connecting with Your Local Community Garden
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

It's 2009, and time to get to work on your New Yearís resolutions. If one of your goals is to become involved with a local community garden, here are some pointers for getting started and what to expect.

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Osage Orange, an American Original
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

At one time, the osage orange tree grew solely in one distinct area of North America -- the Red River Valley of southern Oklahoma and northern Texas. Named for the Osage tribes of that region, the treeís range has extended far beyond its original home within the span of only a few hundred years.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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The Great Dahlia Experiment
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

I hate to admit that I completely forgot about my dahlia tubers until early July of this summer. They were stored in the cold room in the basement and, by that time, the new shoots had pushed the taped lids of their cardboard boxes open. Usually, however, even dahlias that are planted right after the last spring frost here in Zone 5 donít have time to do much blooming before the first autumn frost.

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An Overview of Fall Flowers
By Donna Trieger (DTrieger)

Traditionally thought of as a fall flower, chrysanthemums can begin blooming as early as June, and last until early winter, even withstanding light frosts.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Autumn in New Spain
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Years ago, when I first moved to California, I asked one of my co-workers if the leaves here change color in the fall. He said that they did not. That was not true. Perhaps he was a good engineer, but he was not a good observer of nature.

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Soldier Flies in Backyard Composting and Worm Bin Management
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Something new is squirming in your compost- soldier fly larvae. Actually, they've been around for eons, but the attention they are getting is new. Backyard chicken ranchers love soldier flies. Worm farmers fear them. Soldier flies are harmless to humans and pets, and helpful to the average organic gardener. Read about soldier flies here, because none of your traditional gardening books even mention them.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

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A Case of Mistaken Identity: Is it a Bug, or a Beetle?
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

It was an honest case of mistaken identity, which could have led to the unnecessary use of pesticides. Read on to find out how we learned the difference between a bug and a beetle, and determined that there was no need to resort to chemicals at all! Our particular case dealt with box elder bugs and red lily beetles, but the information I share will be helpful to many gardeners trying to identify an unknown insect in their garden!

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Second Time Around: Overwintering Annuals
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Whether it is because of a desire to save money on new plants next spring or just because you donít want to watch some of your lovely annuals freeze in coming weeks, now is a good time to consider the idea of bringing a few of your annuals inside.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

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Garden Sentimentality: The Story of an Autumn Sage
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

I must share something with you, my fellow Daveís Garden friends: I am a sentimental gardener. If you have read any of my previous articles, you already know this about me. I feel I must explain just how sentimental I truly am.

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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, September 21, 2013

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Cover a Chain-Link Fence in No Time Flat
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

No one would accuse a chain-link fence of being beautiful. Likewise, no gardener would purposefully put in a chain-link fence if they had the funds to do something else. But there is hope for those conspicuous silver eye sores. Hereís how to cover one with vines in no time flat: reconsider your chain-link fence as a wonderfully large and blank trellis.

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Ask-a-Gardener: Your Gardening Questions Answered
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardening is both art and science, with some luck and skill thrown in for good measure. A big part of what attracts people to Dave's Garden has always been our forums, where gardeners ask and answer questions for one another. Occasionally we come across a question that we find particularly interesting or intriguing. We hope you find these questions (and answers, penned by our admins and writers) helpful as you grow your gardening knowledge!

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Friday, September 20, 2013

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Inexpensive Ways to Decorate Your Home With Fall Flowers
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Fall flowers add bursts of fiery orange, sunny yellow, maroon, and lilac to an otherwise dreary landscape. Bright annuals and perennials like chrysanthemums, gazanias, and amaranth often line walkways and dot flower beds during autumn months, providing outdoor aesthetic appeal. Bringing these gorgeous blooms indoors will certainly brighten your home interiors and set the atmosphere for the autumn spirit. Fortunately, you donít need to spend much to incorporate fall flowers into your home decor.

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DIY Garden Accents: Easy Elegant Flowers from Old Glass Plates
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Combine plates, bowls, and other glassware of different shapes and sizes to create sparkling flower sculptures. Sold in boutiques at high prices, these flowers are an easy and inexpensive DIY project. Use odds and ends from the back of the china cabinet, or pick up promising pieces at a thrift store, then start mixing, matching, and stacking!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Not Your Everyday Perennials: Giant Fleeceflower and Yellow Wax Bells
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Adventurous gardeners love to experiment, and what better way than to explore some of the lesser-known perennials that don't usually inhabit the local greenhouse. These plants will probably be varieties that you'll need to order (or special order from your local nursery), but the ones covered in this series over the next several articles will bring pleasure and interest to your gardens that will make the search worthwhile. Each article in the series will feature one sun-loving and one shade-loving plant.

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Raynox Adapter Lens: Taking Macro to the Next Level
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Macro nature photography is a fun pursuit, and anyone can enjoy it. Here's how to take macro photos with a snap-on lens.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Spidery and Spectacular Aztec Lilies and Peruvian Daffodils
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

A cousin stopped by in mid-July to give me a very generous amount of Aztec liliy and Peruvian daffodil bulbs she hadnít gotten around to planting earlier in the summer, due to the death of her mother. Despite it being so late, I was highly optimistic about those bulbs, because I knew from previous experience that they bloom very rapidly.

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Popular Apple Varieties and Tasty Fall Recipes
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

There is nothing like the crunch or the taste of a fall apple. If you are lucky enough to have some trees in your landscape, be sure to take full advantage of them this season. If not, head to your local farmerís market where you will discover an abundance of apples.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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Easy Pear Honey & Candied Pears--Two Treats, One Endeavor
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

Do you have too many pears with a pantry already full of the same old canned preserves? Then try this easy no-fuss recipe that uses a lot of pears, produces two very useful treats with one effort, and make great gifts too. "No honeybees were harmed in making this honey!"

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What is an Herbarium?
By Amber Royer (dandylyon85)

Have you ever wondered what an herbarium is? (Hint: itís not a style of herb garden.) Or maybe you have seen one of these collections of pressed plant materials and wondered what it is used for beyond personal memories. Herbaria are not only beautiful; they are useful tools in botany. And they have a fascinating history.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

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Choosing Hardy Varieties
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The gardener who wishes to enhance the landscape with semi-tropical to tropical plants used to be out of luck. But today's cultivars have been bred to withstand colder temperatures, more extreme site conditions and carry resistances to disease and even pests.

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An Introduction to Colourful Ireland
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

This year my shoes walked me to Ireland which is often regarded by Europeans as a green rainy country inhabited by friendly stout beer drinkers but it appears that green is not the only color to be enjoyed there.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

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Introduction to Aeoniums
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Aeoniums are one of the most ornamental of all the succulents. Even those that don't appreciate succulents seem to like these plants. Perhaps it is the fact they look like large, colorful, rubbery flowers that these popular plants have such an appeal. And luckily many are easy plants to grow as well. The following article is an introduction, along with some of my own experiences, to these amazing plants.

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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, September 14, 2013

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Redvein Enkianthus - Uncommon but Very Worthwhile!
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Enkianthus may not be familiar to many gardeners but this small group of Asian deciduous shrubs provide garden value from spring through fall. Be it from their exquisite, delicate, bell-like flowers or from their brilliant fall foliage, this shrub is sure to please.

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Dave's Garden Book Review: Tough Plants for Southern Gardens
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners love books, as the number of titles devoted to the subject attest. We hope this spotlight on some of our members' favorites is a nice change of pace for your Saturday morning.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

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The Birds Are Eating My Sunflowers, but I Don't Mind
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I've always been fascinated by the sunflowers - by their beauty and by the way they turn their heads towards the sun. Moreover, I am addicted to their seeds, yet I don't mind sharing it with the birds living in my yard. Does this sound like I have a hidden agenda? You might be surprised!

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