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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Starting Deciduous Plants from Hardwood Cuttings
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Now is a good time to make hardwood cuttings, especially of deciduous trees, shrubs, and other woody plants. The procedure is surprisingly easy and is an effective propagation method for many plants.

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How to Grow Perennial Seedlings
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Growing perennial seedlings is easier than you may think.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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What to do with 10,000 Spring Sprouts in Your Winter Sowing Containers
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

The first time you lifted the lid of one of your winter sowing containers and found a tiny green sprout, your eyes grew wide with wonder. It worked! You threw seeds in a milk jug, stuck it outside under your deck, and suddenly you have a baby plant! Amazing. Then another sprout appeared. And another. Now you have thickets of sprouts in an acre of winter sowing containers… What to do?

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Icicles and ice
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

If you're making a gingerbread house, by all means add icicles made from icing; they're the epitome of cute for a ski chalet. But if you're a homeowner, icicles can signal heat loss and gutter damage. And how do icicles affect your plants?

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Monday, February 16, 2015

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Garden Visitor: The Eastern Towhee
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

The striking coloring of the Eastern towhee makes it highly noticeable, should you be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of it. You're much more likely to hear it energetically foraging through undergrowth.This species searches out insects and seeds in leaf litter, using both of its big feet at once in a lively backwards hopping motion.

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Cool Weather Annuals for Late Winter
By Mark Wolfe (M_Wolfe)

If you are dreaming of fresh homegrown vegetables, or just itching to get out of the house and into the dirt, your wait is nearly over. Plant these varieties before the final frost for spring gardening success.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

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Snow Cover
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Let it snow, let it snow! How snow cover can benefit your dormant trees and shrubs.

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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 14, 2015

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It's St. Valentine's Day - say thanks to plants
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

It's Saint Valentine's Day, February 14! It's a day to give a superhero or princess valentine to everyone in first grade, or to buy your sweetheart at least one rose, if not dozens of them! It's a day to present your significant other with the biggest most ostentatious card you can find, the one that says "for all the million ways I love you...." and then lists them each in great detail (it's a big card). It's DEFINITELY a day to give that special someone chocolate (a known aphrodisiac*). But what happened to St. Valentine, and what is this article doing on a gardening site?

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Wolfberry Grower's Guide
By (phoenixtears)

A brief introduction the growing wolfberry (goji, Lycium barbarum) plants

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Friday, February 13, 2015

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The Great Backyard Bird Count
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

President's Day Weekend is for the birds...literally.

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Snow words
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

When the spring equinox is still weeks away and another blizzard has been predicted, we get tired of using the same old words for that falling white stuff.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Add a Touch of the Far East to Your Garden: Pieris japonica
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Dark green leathery leaves and beautiful pendulous flower sprays make Pieris a shade shrub that any gardener will enjoy.

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TJ's Apple Pie (and Cake)
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Do apples have a season? I suppose so, but making homemade apple pie or cake is appropriate whenever one has extra apples. Here are two of my favorite apple recipes that are great for warming the kitchen in the winter or for warming the heart all year long.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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A Dozen Tips to Make Your Gardening a Little Easier
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Over my many years as a garden writer I have picked up many tips to use around the garden. At the end of my lectures to garden clubs I like to share a few tips with the audience, and ask them to contribute any tips that they might like to share. Needless to say, I have accumulated many tips; I'd like to share a dozen with you.

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Flowers to Start Seeding in February
By Gemma Alexander (G_Alexander)

When you can't wait until spring, here are five flowers to start from seed in February

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Star Fruit: Delicious Five Point Wonders!
By Brittany Mallett (FrangipaniAz)

Scrumptious, unusual fruit... right at your fingertips!

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Herb Garden Dreams
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

This is the year for growing more edibles and fewer ornamentals. I have a dream of stepping just outside the kitchen door and landing in my beautiful herb garden so that I may snip and pinch for that night's supper. Come along with me to my dream garden.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

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Heliotrope: The Flower of Love
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Heliotrope was one of the favorite fragrances, as well as one of the favorite colors, of the Victorian era. Lavender hues could be worn by those in half-mourning, after all. Considering the number of relatives who might die in the large families common then--and the number of diseases on hand to kill them--Victorian women must have worn one form of mourning or another for much of their lives.

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What You're Really Saying With Those Valentine's Flowers
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Why are red roses the flowers we think of when it comes to Valentine's Day? Why do you instinctively choose yellow daffodils or sunflowers to cheer someone? Flowers have a language all their own, and their colors enhance that message.

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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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